Welcome to the eight and final part of the Charles Perrault Review Series.
An eight-part serialised set of reviews of the famous fairy tales by the seventeenth-century French author.
Each week I will upload a review of one of his tales. For an overall introduction, read the first review.
VIII. Little Thumbling
This fairy tale is not suitable for children: contains a brief description of the slitting of throats.
I expected this story to be like Grimm's Tom Thumb, which I read earlier this month. Though they have one thing in common – thumb-sized baby-portraits – Perrault's Little Thumbling, I assume actually outgrows his small stature. Moreover, this story is basically the origins for the well-known Hansel and Gretel. The Brothers Grimm seem to have used Tom Thumb for both Hansel and Gretel and Sweetheart Roland (read my review).