Reviewed by Jenna A.

When we were young, we all remember our mothers telling us tall tales, nursery rhymes of princesses, little pigs, and evil step-mothers. In the present, we live in a time of Disney cartoons, and happily ever after versions of fairy tales. However, the content Disney removes from the classic versions of fairy tales by the Grimm brothers, with a little help from Maria Tatar, is extremely evident.

Filled with very pronouced characters and villians, these classic tales teach us lessons of humility, love, intelligence, and much much more. Many readers will think of fairy tales as “once upon a time” and “happily ever after”, not realizing in fact, that in the times of the Grimm brothers, these tales, or legends were actually agthered throught the German countryside, word of mouth. These tales were passed down from generation to generation, such tales as Cinderella or Rapunzel, derived from cultures and traditions, containing many plot lines that would seem less than ideal for children, regardless of how they may now be portrayed in the cinema.

Whether it be Cinderella’s evil step sister’s eye being gauged by a bird, or perhaps small children slaughtering each other, or maybe a Robber Bridegroom practicing cannibalism, these tales aim to unabashingly teach the readers a lesson in whatever way deemed neccessary.

The brothers Grimm have intrigued and fascinated society for years. With dark undertones, and short yet compelling plots, these tales live on in infamy. The Grimm Reader portrays the “accurate” versions of these fated tales, and are definitely a twist on what readers may consider the modern fairy tale. The Grimm Reader is pleasently satisfying and completely intrigue worthy, taking fiction and reality to another level. Parental guidance suggested.

Rating: 5/5

Jenna lives in a small town in Ohio with her fiance and cat Osiris. Along with her passion for reading and the literary world, she is also a painter, poet, fiction writer, and amatuer photographer.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by W. W. Norton & Company. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.