The detail about killing warlocks by boiling them in oil with poisonous snakes felt a little too authentic. At the beginning of the book they are distinct and separate. The Grimms are almost word for word and Gidwitz just throws in a little snarky commentary. For a certain kind of child, this book will be the answer to their painless, bloodless, suburban lives.
The idea is to show not tell, but Gidwitz indulges in a fair amount of telling. You, my dear reader, have certainly learned that by now. Some folks will be driven batty by this technique. Yet for me, the technique was so obvious from the start that I accepted it. This is a book for kids, after all. Like a lot of middle grade novels out this year Cosmic , One Crazy Summer , etc.
You will face a moment very much like the one Hansel and Gretel are facing right now. In this moment, you will look at your parents and realize that — no matter what it sounds like they are saying — they are actually asking you for forgiveness. Is there a point where you can let go, and is there harm in holding on to your anger? And how on earth do you take seven or more incredibly violent Grimm fairy tales and turn them into a meaningful story about finding home, finding yourself, and finding what it means to be forgiving? That Gidwitz attempted it in the first place is bizarre.
That he succeeds is baffling. The good kind of baffling. With enough blood and guts to satisfy even the most craven of readers, this is the rare horror tale for kids that also happens to have a lot of literary merit as well. The combination crops up in young adult literature all the time, but not so much on the kid side of things. Such books are rarities. This book, a gem. A new idea for some very old literature. Notes on the Cover: When I first saw this cover I was not a particular fan.
It just seemed to me to be yet another silhouette jacket, and not even as complex and interesting as those by David Frankland. Looking at his preliminary sketches for the cover I was reminded of this book from back in the day:. The silhouette technique actually should remind me more of Hans Christian Andersen, since that man was a wizard with a pair of scissors true but it works for the Grimms too.
I wonder if it looks pick-up-able to kids. Other Blog Reviews:. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person.
Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: fuseeight. My agent recommended this book to me.
Now I have two recommendations. I grew up reading them. Thanks for the review Betsy! This is NOT for children younger than 8th grade. It is gorey and will traumatize young children. Having seen the effects of the book on kids in the 5th and 6th grade I respectfully disagree. It depends on the type of child you give it to. And if they like scary books, this one is perfect.
I have to disagree with Tim as well! I have seen students not interested in reading — flock to this book and spark interest in reading others like it. Common Sense is a nonprofit organization. Your purchase helps us remain independent and ad-free. Get it now on Searching for streaming and purchasing options A lot or a little?
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The parents' guide to what's in this book. Educational Value. Positive Messages. Continue reading Show less. Stay up to date on new reviews. Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox. User Reviews Parents say Kids say. Adult Written by Alexandre M. February 24, I like it is smart and funny. Report this review. Parent of an infant, 3, and 8 year old Written by Janet P. September 17, Not For The Faint Of Heart Sweets loved this book and has read it so many times that the copy she has is looking very well loved.
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The narrator pops up and warns us to hire a babysitter fo Continue reading. Kid, 10 years old May 1, I love this book so, so much. It has great messages even if it's violent. I LOVE it! Teen, 13 years old Written by Pharoah February 6, Read Aloud Book Definitely one of my Favorites. It is exciting and funny, but at some parts a bit scary or sad.
I would put the age at 9 and up, lower maybe if it is being read What's the story? Is it any good? Talk to your kids about Magic and Fantasy. Brothers and Sisters. Fairy Tales. For kids who love fairy tales.
Best Fairy Tale Movies. The young king started calculating on his fingers how that was even possible, but before he could get very far, Johannes had moved on. To helping them. To advising them. To under-standing them. Under-standing them. In the ancient sense of the word. Standing beneath them.
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Supporting them. Bearing their troubles and their pains on my shoulders. That is what being faithful means. Faithful Johannes shook his head and sighed. You can read the full first chapter online HERE.
Thea James is half of the maniacal book review duo behind The Book Smugglers. By day, she does digital operations things over at Penguin Random House. So glad to hear this book gets good reviews. I just bought it for my classroom library. I show the book trailer to my students and they love it. This book sounds fantastic. Exactly the kind of thing I would have loved as a kid and now. The book was good. Notify me of follow-up comments by email.
Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Stand alone or series: Stand alone novel How did I get this book: Bought Why did I read this book: I remember hearing about how awesome this book was when it came out last year, but never really had the time or drive to pick it up and get it out of the TBR. Review: Once upon a time, there was a long line of kings who were all served by the Faithful Johannes. Ever faithful, Johannes agrees.
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But not really. They show up. And then they get their heads cut off.
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