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3.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 5 3.71 (7 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Adam Gidwitz Narrator: Johnny Heller Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Grimm Series Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781449866846
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Adam Gidwitz makes a sparkling debut with a work that children are sure to request again and again.

In this mischievous and utterly original tale, Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm-inspired tales. But all is not sugarplums and candy houses. Danger lies ahead, and Hansel and Gretel have much to learn about avoiding witches’ ovens and making sure “The End” isn’t their end. As listeners 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.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Unlike any children's book I’ve ever read…A Tale Dark and Grimm holds up to multiple rereadings, like the classic I think it will turn out to be.”

    New York Times

  • “A marvelous reworking of old stories that manages to be fresh, frightening, funny and humane.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “An audacious debut that’s wicked smart and wicked funny.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “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.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title” for Kids and Teens, November 2010
  • A 2010 School Library Journal Best Book
  • A 2010 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children's Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynx | 6/30/2011

    " My mom read it and said it was cute and I might like it. I won't say anything other then that it really was cute. Oh, and clever. It was that as well. Don't think I'll read it again, but it was cute. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marisa | 6/28/2011

    " Really enjoyed this book -- funny, quick reading, clever kids and dumb adults. Added to scary books shelf, even though it's not exactly scary. It's gory, I'll keep it as a back up when I can't find any other scary books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ms. Chicco | 6/27/2011

    " A retelling of Hansel and Gretel with all the brood and gore of the original Grimm tales. It is also wickedly clever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosie | 6/26/2011

    " Sarcastic, funny, and as the title implies very dark. This book is certainly not for squeamish children who are easily frightened as it contains a lot of gory images. It is a very fun, unique, and complex telling of the Grimm Fairytales that I think children will enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 6/23/2011

    " I really enjoyed this, and it had a similar tone to Lemony Snicket. It's clever and original, and while it isn't a book for a sensitive reader (there are lots of scary bits) it will appeal to kids 10-12. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 6/13/2011

    " The narration that was always cutting in really annoyed me. Other than that, the stories were really entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maddy | 6/8/2011

    " An extremely wonderful book, but a tiny bit gory. It's quite funny in some parts and very serious and dangerous in other parts. I love how the author talk directly to the reader. "

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About the Author
Author Adam Gidwitz

Adam Gidwitz is the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling Grimm trilogy. He spent six years researching and writing The Inquisitor’s Tale, including a year living in Europe.

About the Narrator

Johnny Heller, winner of dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards, is a two-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration and was named a top voice of 2008 and 2009 and selected as one of the Top 50 Narrators of the Twentieth Century by AudioFile magazine. He has been a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award winner from 2008 through 2013.