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A tale dark & Grimm, Adam Gidwitz, (book with audio discs)

Label
A tale dark & Grimm
Title
A tale dark & Grimm
Statement of responsibility
Adam Gidwitz
Title variation
Tale dark and Grimm
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Follows Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into eight more tales, encountering such wicked creatures as witches, along with kindly strangers and other helpful folk. Based in part on the Grimms' fairy tales Faithful Johannes, Hansel and Gretel, The seven ravens, Brother and sister, The robber bridegroom, and The devil and his three golden hairs."--Book verso
Member of
Storyline
Tone
Award
  • Black-Eyed Susan Book Award (Maryland), Grades 6-9, 2013.
  • Charlotte Award (New York), Middle School, 2012.
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award for Grades 6-8, 2012.
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2011
  • YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2012
  • School Library Journal Best Books, 2010.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 3 Up — With disarming delicacy and unexpected good cheer, Gidwitz reweaves some of the most shocking and bloody stories that the Brothers Grimm collected into a novel that's almost addictively compelling. He gives fair warning that this is no prettified, animated version of the old stories. "Are there any small children in the room now?" he asks midway through the first tale, "If so, it would be best if we just...hurried them off to bed. Because this is where things start to get, well...awesome." Many of humanity's least attractive, primal emotions are on display: greed, jealousy, lust, and cowardice. But, mostly it's the unspeakable betrayal by bad parents and their children's journey to maturation and forgiveness that are at the heart of the book. Anyone who's ever questioned why Hansel and Gretel's father is so readily complicit in their probable deaths and why the brother and sister, nonetheless, return home after their harrowing travails will find satisfying explanations here. Gidwitz is terrifying and funny at the same time. His storytelling is so assured that it's hard to believe this is his debut novel. And his treatment of the Grimms' tales is a whole new thing. It's equally easy to imagine parents keeping their kids up late so they can read just one more chapter aloud, kids finishing it off under the covers with a flashlight, and parents sneaking into their kids' rooms to grab it off the nightstand and finish it themselves.—Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Public Library, NY --Miriam Lang Budin (Reviewed November 1, 2010) (School Library Journal, vol 56, issue 11, p114)
  • /* Starred Review */ Hansel and Gretel actually had their heads chopped off. Who knew? If that statement sends you scrambling for your favorite search engine, Gidwitz is savoring that reaction. And for readers who shriek with bloodthirsty delight, not skepticism, he has much more in store. Fracturing the folk tales of the Brothers Grimm, Gidwitz brings together old and new traditions of matter-of-fact horror. Hansel and Gretel become recurring characters in reworked versions of the Grimms' lesser-known tales, such as "Faithful Johannes" and "The Seven Ravens" (here, "The Seven Swallows"). The children are seeking a "nice" family after their father, no woodcutter but a king, pulls the aforementioned beheading stunt ("hey believed firmly in their little hearts that parents should not kill their children"). The perfect family proves elusive, and the children must extricate themselves from one outrageous situation after another--including, yes, a hungry old woman in an edible house. The rhythms and rhetoric of the prose are heavily influenced by verbal storytelling, which can on occasion strike a false note, but mostly add the intended wry wink to an audacious debut that's wicked smart and wicked funny. Ages 10–up. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed October 18, 2010) (Publishers Weekly, vol 257, issue 41, p)
  • Fairy tales for the horror set blend themselves into one intact thread that's satisfying enough to overcome an intrusive narrator. The storyteller's voice (presented in bold type) opens by asserting that original Grimm tales are "awesome," "violent and ... bloody," while "all the versions of the stories you've heard [are]... mind-numbingly boring" due to sanitization. It's an odd premise for a piece whose audience is surely aware of many fractured fairy tales that are dark and/or awesome. The narrator contributes unnecessary platitudes, but on the plus side, savvily warns when little kids should leave the room, effectively cautioning big kids that upcoming content is sad or gory—and it really is. Heads are lopped off, blood flows, men reach down girls' throats and pull out their souls. Old Grimm tales and Gidwitz's original additions weave together into one arc, with fiercely loyal siblings Hansel and Gretel at the heart. The narrator's presence lessens; action and emotion deepen; funny gross-outs pop up amid serious violence; and everything builds to one painful and triumphant catharsis. (Fractured fairy tale. 10-13)(Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2010)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
378917
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gidwitz, Adam
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • 9 years and up
  • 690L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 3
  • 12
PerformerNote
Narrated by Johnny Heller
Reading level
4.6
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1786-1859
  • 1785-1863
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Grimm, Wilhelm
  • Grimm, Jacob
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Grimm series (Adam Gidwitz)
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Characters and characteristics in literature
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Fairy tales
Target audience
juvenile
Label
A tale dark & Grimm, Adam Gidwitz, (book with audio discs)
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • "With tracks every 3-6 minutes for easy book marking"--Container
  • Compact disc
  • Bonus CD's includes the story read by Johnny Heller
Accompanying material
4 audio discs (4 hr., 45 min.)
Capture and storage technique
digital storage
Carrier category
  • volume
  • audio disc
Carrier category code
  • nc
  • sd
Carrier MARC source
  • rdacarrier
  • rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
  • text
  • spoken word
Content type code
  • txt
  • spw
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
  • 22 cm +
  • 4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm. diameter
Edition
Unabridged.
Extent
256 pages
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Isbn
9781449868383
Kind of cutting
not applicable
Kind of disc cylinder or tape
mass produced
Kind of material
plastic with metal
Lccn
2009053289
Media category
  • unmediated
  • audio
Media MARC source
  • rdamedia
  • rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
  • s
Other physical details
  • illustrations
  • digital
Publisher number
E096
Special playback characteristics
digital recording
Specific material designation
sound disc
Speed
1.4m. per second (discs)
Tape configuration
not applicable
Tape width
not applicable
Label
A tale dark & Grimm, Adam Gidwitz, (book with audio discs)
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • "With tracks every 3-6 minutes for easy book marking"--Container
  • Compact disc
  • Bonus CD's includes the story read by Johnny Heller
Accompanying material
4 audio discs (4 hr., 45 min.)
Capture and storage technique
digital storage
Carrier category
  • volume
  • audio disc
Carrier category code
  • nc
  • sd
Carrier MARC source
  • rdacarrier
  • rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
  • text
  • spoken word
Content type code
  • txt
  • spw
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
  • 22 cm +
  • 4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm. diameter
Edition
Unabridged.
Extent
256 pages
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Isbn
9781449868383
Kind of cutting
not applicable
Kind of disc cylinder or tape
mass produced
Kind of material
plastic with metal
Lccn
2009053289
Media category
  • unmediated
  • audio
Media MARC source
  • rdamedia
  • rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
  • s
Other physical details
  • illustrations
  • digital
Publisher number
E096
Special playback characteristics
digital recording
Specific material designation
sound disc
Speed
1.4m. per second (discs)
Tape configuration
not applicable
Tape width
not applicable

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