Gidwitz, A. (2010). A tale dark and Grimm. NY: Dutton.
A Tale Dark and Grimm is a story of courage. It’s a novel that shows that children have depths of endurance, ingenuity and strength that adults often dismiss. I’m not saying that every child could survive what Hansel and Gretel endure, but I think about what kids go through every day, and this message resonated with me. It’s also a cautionary tale to parents. Parents need to consider carefully what it means to be a parent, and how much they cherish their children. Are children a means to an end, a possession, or are they worth their weight in gold? Read it! If you like fairy tales, you definitely need to read it. I listened to this as an audio book and it was great. I especially loved the asides by the narrator, it reminded me of Lemony Snicket. This would make an awesome read aloud with middle school kids – a nice mix of gore and familiar story lines. They would have fun identifying all of the stories they know and comparing the sterilized version they know and love with versions that are closer to the originals as told by the Brothers Grimm. Although some parts are pretty tough, this was a very entertaining and often moving story. I would recommend to 6th graders and up.