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Author: Adam Gidwitz Narrator: Johnny Heller Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Grimm Series Release Date: February 2011 ISBN: 9781449866846
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Adam Gidwitz makes a sparkling debut with a work that children are sure to request again and again. Not content within the confines of their own tale, Hansel and Gretel skip out on their story and jump into eight other classic Grimm fairy 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. Download and start listening now!


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

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  • 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. | 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. "

About the Author

Adam Gidwitz is the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling Grimm trilogy. He spent six years researching and writing his Newbery Honor winner The Inquisitor’s Tale, including a year living in Europe, which became a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. . Adam lives with his family in Brooklyn, NY. Listen to The Inquisitor’s Tale (an Audie Award finalist narrated by Adam Gidwitz and a full cast, with music by Benjamin Bagby), Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back So You Want to be a Jedi?,and The Basque Dragon by Adam on audio from Listening Library. Find Adam online at or @AdamGidwitz.

About the Narrator

Gore Vidal (1925–2012), winner of the National Book Award, wrote numerous works of fiction, nonfiction, short stories, plays, screenplays, and essay. Many of his works were New York Times bestsellers list.