Sophie | 2/18/2014
" These cheerful and lovingly crafted retellings of fifty Grimm tales, both famous and lesser-known, were a joy to read. Some of the stories I have loved my whole life, and others were new to me and thoroughly entertaining. It's abundantly clear that Pullman has a great deal of affection and respect for these tales and he has given them a buff and polish that restores them to their full storytelling potential. This book has become my go-to fairytales anthology and makes a beautiful addition to my bookshelf! "
Kari Lynn Mackey | 2/11/2014
" Pullman's translations of German fairy tales are magically fascinating and linguistically pleasing. Along with the perpetual favorites, he includes in this collection many lesser-known tales, which are not only entertaining and intriguing, but also serve to shed further light on the characteristic elements of this traditional style of story-telling. "
Chelsea Gunn | 2/6/2014
" I really enjoyed this; if you've ever liked fairy tales, you will too. It might be that simple. I read one or two of these a night literally as a bedtime story, and I'm sure will someday buy a copy of my own so I can keep rereading them in the same way. Pullman also adds just the right amount of endnote to each story, without going overboard on interpretation or history. His notes are actually just as fun to read as the stories themselves. "
bookish | 1/6/2014
" a perfect book. pullman's modern english translation is timely, and wonderfully executed. read it to fall in love with the gory glory of the grimms' fairy tales all over again. you won't be disappointed. highly recommended. "
Becky | 1/1/2014
" Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version is a collection of fifty fairy tales. I was familiar with almost half of these, though it had probably been two decades since I last read some of them. Half of the stories were completely new to me. I probably found a few new favorites. At the conclusion of each story, Pullman shares facts, details, and opinions on the story. He tells us the type of story it is, what other tales are similar, what other cultures this type of story can be found in, what changes he made and why, what changes he would have made but didn't because he wasn't trying to write a novel, what he really thinks of each story. I found these sections to be interesting. Of course, I enjoyed the fairy tales. Some stories better than others, of course, a handful I could have done without completely. Still, I found the collection as a whole to be quite fun! The kind of book that you can read a story or two a day for several weeks of entertainment. This is NOT a book to rush through. Reading two or three fairy tales in a day is great, reading thirty a day, well, it's just TOO MUCH. You may not love, love, love each and every story in the collection. You may not find all of them to be equally worthy of your time. But. Chances are you'll find something to enjoy!
The Frog King, or Iron Heinrich
The Cat and the Mouse Set Up House
The Boy Who Left Home To Find Out About the Shivers
The Twelve Brothers
Little Brother and Little Sister
The Three Little Men in the Woods
Hansel and Gretel
The Three Snake Leaves
The Fisherman and His Wife
The Brave Little Tailor
The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage
Little Red Riding Hood
The Musicians of Bremen
The Singing Bone
The Devil with Three Golden Hairs
The Girl with No Hands
The Robber Bridegroom
The Juniper Tree
Briar Rose [Sleeping Beauty]
The Golden Bird
Jorinda and Joringel
Six Who Made Their Way in the World
The Singing, Springing Lark
The Goose Girl
The Two Traveling Companions
The Little Shroud
The Stolen Pennies
The Donkey Cabbage
One Eye, Two Eyes, and Three Eyes
The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces [Twelve Dancing Princesses]
The Goose Girl at the Spring
The Nixie of the Millpond "
Darcy | 12/25/2013
" This book has led me to the realization that I don't like reading fairy tales! I enjoyed the forward and the notes on some of the stories, but I don't tend to find short stories to be very satisfying, and this was no exception. "
Chrissy Nestor | 11/27/2013
" I enjoyed this book, I love Fairy Tales like this and my daughter does as well, so I would recommend that you read it and then pass it on for someone else to read! It was a very good book! "
Jen | 10/25/2013
" Great retelling of old favourites- I loved Phillip Pullman's dry commentary at the end of each story, and the use of simple imagery to evoke such rich images. The use of vaguely unhygienic habits ( such as picking bugs out of hair and not taking showers) was a highlight! "
Ann | 9/30/2013
" Not very well written- obviously for children and not meant to be thought about or questioned. Many stories just end without closure to the stories. Some new tales which were fun to read but none were very different from the traditional tales, which is what I had been led to believe. "
Karin | 8/22/2013
" An interesting read. Some fairy tales were familiar but a lot were new to me, even tho I've read a book of Grimms' tales long ago as a kid. Good for older children to read. "
Sukanto | 7/30/2013
" This is such a lovely retelling of the fairy tales as we've known before growing up, and continue to enjoy even after growing up. "
S-J | 7/26/2013
" Now this really was a good book, borrowed from the library and read over christmas, I love real gritty fairy tales "
Marion | 3/8/2013
" I got part of the way through it. I thought this would be a re-telling of the fairy tales--not merely a Pullman-edited version of work of the brothers Grimm. "
Rebecca Ann | 12/14/2012
" Definitely my favorite collection of fairy/folk tales ever. It has all the classics and some of the more obscure tales with great source notes and author commentary. I'd love to own this. "
Danialle Everhart | 9/5/2012
" Good book has some fairytales I remember my mother reading to me as a child. My son and I read a story every night. We love the stories in this book and the twists at the end are great too. "