Tales from the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird

Tales from the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird

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by Vivian Vande Velde, Brad Weinman
     
 

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Welcome to the fairy-tale world where Hansel and Gretel are horrible children who deserve to be baked and where Beauty is dismayed when her beloved Beast turns human. In the realm of the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird, when the sky really does fall, Chicken Little becomes the leader of a religious movement, gets her own TV show, collects millions of dollars…  See more details below

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Welcome to the fairy-tale world where Hansel and Gretel are horrible children who deserve to be baked and where Beauty is dismayed when her beloved Beast turns human. In the realm of the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird, when the sky really does fall, Chicken Little becomes the leader of a religious movement, gets her own TV show, collects millions of dollars to build a theme park, and then makes off with the money.

These tongue-in-cheek interpretations of more than a dozen favorite fairy tales will have readers in stitches.

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"Imaginative and entertaining."--The Horn Book

"Terrific fun."--Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The author reexamines a baker's dozen worth of classic tales, casting the characters in a different light (e.g., the Frog Prince regains his human form and eschews the snooty princess for a humbler maiden). Ages 8-12. (Aug.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
The author has fractured 13 of the Grimm tales. While amusing in some parts, it is not as funny as the James Finn Garner books (Politically Correct Bedtime Stories, etc.). He really makes us laugh-Velde doesn't.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-A different take on traditional icons of virtue and evil. In the course of retelling some popular fairy tales, Vande Velde challenges readers' notions of good, bad, and ugly by examining the stock characters' motivations and often recasting them in a different light. Needless to say, these role reversals affect very different outcomes to the familiar, if slightly fractured, story lines. For example, kindhearted Rumpelstiltzkin wins the heroine away from the vain, self-important king, and the Frog Prince, once restored to his princely stature, rejects the haughty princess and goes home to the goose girl. To say nothing of the demonic twins Hansel and Gretel, who have done in one mother and are ready to take on another. Modern references and sensibilities, such as those in the ``And Now a Word from Our Sponsor'' and ``PG-13,'' add to the humor (often the gallows variety). Entertaining and provocative, these selections make good read-alouds and can be used to spark discussion or creative writing exercises.-Luann Toth, School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152055721
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
08/01/2005
Series:
Magic Carpet Bks.
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.41(d)
Lexile:
890L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Vivian Vande Velde has written many books for teen and middle grade readers, including Heir Apparent, User Unfriendly, All Hallow's Eve: 13 Stories, Three Good Deeds, Now You See It ..., and the Edgar Award–winning Never Trust a Dead Man. She lives in Rochester, New York. Visit her website at www.vivianvandevelde.com.

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