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review 2016-12-27 00:00
The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog - Adam Gidwitz,Hatem Aly I adored this book!
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2015-10-03 19:17
The Grimmer Retelling of A Grimm Stories
A Tale Dark and Grimm - Adam Gidwitz,Khairi Rumantati,Lala Bohang
In a Glass Grimmly - Adam Gidwitz
The Grimm Conclusion - Adam Gidwitz

Title: A Tale and Dark Grimm (#1); In A Glass Grimly (#2)and The Grimm Conclusion (#3)

Series: A Tale and Dark Grimm Series

Author: Adam Gidwitz

Publisher: Dutton's Children Books; Gramedia Pustaka Utama

Publication Time: 2010-2013

Blurb:

Book #1

In this mischievous and utterly original debut, Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm-inspired tales. As readers follow the siblings through a forest brimming with menacing foes, they learn the true story behind (and beyond) the bread crumbs, edible houses, and outwitted witches.

Fairy tales have never been more irreverent or subversive as Hansel and Gretel learn to take charge of their destinies and become the clever architects of their own happily ever after.

 

Book #2

More Grimm tales await in the harrowing, hilarious companion to a beloved new classic

Take caution ahead—
Oversize plant life, eerie amphibious royalty, and fear-inducing creatures abound.

Lest you enter with dread.
Follow Jack and Jill as they enter startling new landscapes that may (or may not) be scary, bloody, terrifying, and altogether true.

Step lively, dear reader . . .
Happily ever after isn’t cutting it anymore.

In this companion novel to Adam Gidwitz’s widely acclaimed, award-winning debut, A Tale Dark & Grimm, Jack and Jill explore a new set of tales from the Brothers Grimm and others, including Jack and the Beanstalk and The Frog Prince.

 

Book #3

Widely praised and beloved by children, adults, and critics alike, Adam Gidwitz delivers a third serving of eerie new landscapes and fear-inducing creatures in a story sure to delight and frighten fans old and new. In the final book in the series, Adam's brilliantly irreverent narrator leads readers through a fresh world of Grimm-inspired fairy tales, based on such classics as The Juniper Tree, the real story of Cinderella, and Rumpelstiltskin.

 

What I Thought

I'm not used with retelling stories, but this one is too hilarious to be ignored. Yes, there were so many blood, decapitations and on the top of that, infanticides. In the first book, Hansel and Gretel must faced the fact that their parents killed them to raised their royal servant, Johannes. They also should faced the cannibal baker, cut a finger to made a key and the moon in their world ate children. This is kind of a retelling that the princess must be kidnapped first before married the kidnapper. And this is also kind of stories where children could live happily ever after with their parents after beated the dragon. 

 

In the second book, Jack and Jill (and the frog which is not a prince), met the Giants from the story Jack and The Beanstalk. This part quite disgusting for me, even though it was the part of Jill's clever plan. But in other hand, this book also the most hilarious book among others. It because of The Eidechse von Feuer, der Menschenfleischfressend a.k.a Eddie. This lizard and the Frog were the most interesting duo of this series. And the last book is the worst book of the series, at least for me. Before our MC's Jorinda and Joringel met someone unpredictable in the history of the retelling stories (okay, I'm babbling...), the story went awesome. But when the most surprising cameo on the retelling universe

(ok..ok...it's Adam Gidwitz himself)

(spoiler show)

I thought he would be a regular cameo. But of course, he was not. He influenced the plot so much and for me it was super weird!  I mean, this retelling basically are weird, but it's a FUN weird.

 

Well, for those who don't bother with a retelling with disturbing things I've mentioned above, I recommended this series. Besides, this series still has the most important things in the world of fairy tales: the moral of the story. 

 

(I've read the translation version for the first book but the other two were in English)

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review 2015-09-01 00:55
Man kann den Drachen töten!
Eine dunkle & grimmige Geschichte - Hugh D´Andrade,Adam Gidwitz

Am Anfang

 

Es war einmal ein Königreich namens Grimm. Der König dieses Landes lag auf dem Sterbebett. Er war der Großvater von Hänsel und Gretel - aber das wusste er nicht, weil Hänsel und Gretel noch nicht auf der Welt waren.
Moment mal. Ich weiß, was ihr jetzt denkt. Natürlich will keiner eine Geschichte hören, die passiert, bevor die Hauptfiguren auftauchen. 
Aber keine Sorge. Diese Geschichte ist anders als jede Geschichte, die ihr zuvor gehört habt. Denn als Hänsel und Gretel auftauchen, geschieht etwas völlig Unerwartetes: Ihnen werden die Köpfe abgehackt.
Ich dachte, dass interessiert euch vielleicht. 


Ich lese gern Kinder und Jugendbücher. Wie man auf meinem Blog sicher mitbekommt. Weil sie Spaß machen. Weil sie einfach, aber im besten Fall auch einfach gut sind. Und ganz manchmal sind sie gar nicht so einfach, aber in beneidenswert einfache Worte gepackt. 

Wer kennt sie nicht, die Märchen der Gebrüder Grimm. Aufgeschnappt aus den Erzählungen des Volkes. Hier ist die, auf  "neudeutsch" reloded- Form. 

Adam Gidwitz  
erzählte die Märchen einer Gruppe von Grundschülern, hörte den Kindern und ihren Kommentaren zu und verfasste diese Geschichte. Es ist eine Reihe von den Märchen, mit Hänsel und Gretel als Hauptfigur, unterbrochen von Kommentaren des Autors. Die nicht nerven, sondern aufgrund des herrlich trockenen Humors höchst unterhaltsam sind. Man bekommt das Gefühl ein sarkastischer Märchenonkel liest vor. 

Das Buch beinhaltet:


Der treue Johannes
Hänsel und Gretel
Die sieben Schwalben ( Die sieben Raben)
Bruder und Schwester ( Brüderchen und Schwesterchen)
Ein Lächeln rot wie Blut ( Der Räuberbräutigam) 
Die drei goldenen Haare (Der Teufel mit den drei goldenen Haaren)
Hänsel und Gretel und das verwunschene Königreich
Hänsel und Gretel und der Drache ( Die weisse Schlange) 
Hänsel und Gretel und ihre Eltern

Ich habe nicht alle Märchen erkannt, denn ich kenne nicht alle Märchen so gut. (Den Räuberbräutigam konnte ich nur angeben, weil er im Nachwort steht.) Aber um auf den Punkt zu kommen:

Das ganze Buch erinnert mich an ein Zitat von  G.K. Chesterton:

Märchen erzählen Kindern nicht, dass Drachen existieren. Kinder wissen, dass Drachen existieren. Märchen erzählen Kindern davon, dass man den Drachen besiegen kann. 


Es ist wahnsinnig unterhaltsam. Für Kinder, aber genau so gut für (jung gebliebene) Erwachsene geeignet. Der staubtrockene Humor und die treffenden Kommentare (- bei denen ich mir gut vorstellen kann, dass sie von Kinderfragen inspiriert wurden - ) machen diesen kleinen Rückblick auf die Märchen wirklich lesenswert. Der Autor schafft es, die Geschichten in all ihrer (blutigen) Absurdität zu erzählen und exakt den Kern der Märchen einzufangen. Phantastisch. Aufbauend. Grausam. Moralisch. Abenteuerlich. Blutig. Spannend. Hoffnungsvoll. 


 




Am Ende
Und wisst ihr was? Das haben sie tatsächlich getan. 
ENDE.
Wirklich. 

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review 2015-05-09 03:29
A Tale Dark and Grimm
A Tale Dark and Grimm - Adam Gidwitz,Khairi Rumantati,Lala Bohang

In this mischievous and utterly original debut, Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm-inspired tales. As readers follow the siblings through a forest brimming with menacing foes, they learn the true story behind (and beyond) the bread crumbs, edible houses, and outwitted witches.

Fairy tales have never been more irreverent or subversive as Hansel and Gretel learn to take charge of their destinies and become the clever architects of their own happily ever after. (source)

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review 2015-02-19 23:18
And they lived happily ever after (fingers crossed!!!)
The Grimm Conclusion - Adam Gidwitz,Hugh D'Andrade

I am sad that this series is over, but it ends in such a satisfying way. I do think that this series is required reading for those who like fairy tales and especially clever retellings. Each volume ups the ante on the grim aspect of fairy tales. Each book seems less appropriate for a younger audience. I'm torn on that. Mr. Gidwitz is obviously a teacher, and he understands the young minds he writes for. I mean, he has to in order to teach them. I'm going to trust that he knows what they can handle, but my personal limit would be 12 or older for these books. There is way too much dark violence and subject matter for kiddos younger than twelve, to my thinking. Also, the cruelty of adults against children in this book is highly disturbing.

I also think this is the saddest out of the series. Wow, the things that our young protagonists are faced with really tore at my heart. And how the cruelty and neglect they experienced warped something inside of them. Gidwitz deals with the psychology of abused/neglected children in a poignant way without getting too soapboxy.

There are some great life lessons here. Family, loyalty, honor, integrity, kindness, and making moral decisions. These kids have to raise themselves and that leads to some issues when they are faced with adult moral decisions. Along the way they make mistakes and have to learn from them and 'face the music.'

This book breaks the 4th wall in a way that the other ones in the series did not. At first, I really didn't like that about the book, but then I saw how integral it was to the story. It was also good because Gidwitz doesn't follow the predictable pattern I expected.

Johnny Heller truly is an awesome narrator. If he didn't win an award for narrating this series, then he was cheated. He deserves it. He was all in, and you would have to wonder how he didn't get emotionally affected by this book as he read. Not just in horror or sadness, but in hilarity, because this book involves all those emotions.

I am biased. I love fairy tales a lot. Yet, I think that increases my standards for fairy tale retellings. Gidwitz is a writer who clearly loves fairy tales just as much as I do, if not more. He respects the genre, and it clearly is a huge creative influence on him in crafting these marvelous books that add very much to the cultural relevance of fairy tales.

If you have not checked these out and you like fairy tales, what are you waiting for?

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