Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses
Writing in free verse honed to a wicked edge, the incomparable Ron Koertge brings dark and contemporary humor to twenty iconic fairy tales.Once upon a time, there was a strung-out match girl who sold CDs to stoners. Twelve impetuous sisters escaped King Daddy’s clutches to jiggle and cavort and... show more
Writing in free verse honed to a wicked edge, the incomparable Ron Koertge brings dark and contemporary humor to twenty iconic fairy tales.Once upon a time, there was a strung-out match girl who sold CDs to stoners. Twelve impetuous sisters escaped King Daddy’s clutches to jiggle and cavort and wear out their shoes. A fickle Thumbelina searched for a tiny husband, leaving bodies in her wake. And Little Red Riding Hood confessed that she kind of wanted to know what it’s like to be swallowed whole. From bloodied and blinded stepsisters (they were duped) to a chopped-off finger flying into a heroine’s cleavage, this is fairy tale world turned upside down. Ron Koertge knows what really happened to all those wolves and maidens, ogres and orphans, kings and piglets, and he knows about the Ever After. So come closer— he wants to whisper in your ear.
Publish date: July 10th 2012
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Pages no: 88
Edition language: English
Fairy tales and fables are fascinating, and authors are often tempted to put a different spin on them, or use them to enhance an otherwise dull plot (cough, cough, The Red Queen Dies, cough cough). Ron Koertge reimagines the fairy tales by telling the stories from other viewpoints, adding bits of...
Really uneven. The idea seems to have been to do a series of fairy tale retellings, in free verse. I like that idea, it's why I picked the book up. But the execution varies wildly. Some of the poems are essentially straight retellings, but from a different point of view. The Cinderella poem that ope...
I'm not going to do an official review of this at all, but here are my basic thoughts. As is typical with any collection of stories, some of these were good, others not so much. What some of them also were was REALLY strange, and not always in a good way. The Bluebeard, Bearskin, and Beauty and the ...
This is a truly original book-of-fairytales rendition. It provides narration for all of the famous (and some not so famous) fairytale characters from legend. They each take a turn telling their story, each example gruesome and completely new. Some of it is in verse, some in documentary-style explana...
I love fairy tales and I love papercuts, so I was hoping to love this. But I'm not such a fan of the Angela Carter tradition and that's definitely where this one lies. After a certain point, the stories started to seem predictable: the ending will be twisted, the good guys turn out bad, the tropes s...
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