Review: Poisoned Apples by Christine Heppermann

By | May 14th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Poetry, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments


poisoned apples book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

In her collection, Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty, Christine Heppermann has an uncanny ability of taking dark, behind closed door secrets, turning them on their head, and presenting them back at the reader as something normal. Poisoned Apples is a collection of fairy tales and nursery rhymes rewritten with modern twisting jabs of reality.

Within her collection, Heppermann challenges the norms of suburban society. These are not tales for the faint of heart; they contain no cartoon caricatures of happily ever after, but are grim rhymes that smack of everyday reality for some. In “Never-Ending Story”, Heppermann delves into the stark, obsessive-compulsive reality of anorexia. Later, in “The First Anorexic”, she displays the intoxicating psyche of self-punishment.

Heppermann returns frequently to the image of the wolf in the woods or in the dark, only the