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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 to

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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.

Editorial 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
From the Publisher

"Imaginative and entertaining."--The Horn Book

"Terrific fun."--Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547351773
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
08/01/2005
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
144
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Vivian Vande Velde has written many highly acclaimed books for teen and middle-grade readers, including Three Good Deeds, Heir Apparent, Deadly Pink, 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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Tales From The Brothers Grimm And The Sisters Weird 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
-Katerina- More than 1 year ago
Take some of your classic fairy tales and put a funny realistic twist on them and this is what you will most likely end up with. Some of my favorties are the APB for goldilocks, evil Hansel & Gretel twins, and a lazy/drunk Jack who dreamt of giants and stole an offkey harp & gold eating hen. These stories have a twisted lesson lurking in them.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so funny! i love it! everyone should read it. it makes fairy tales so funny! i love it!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a fairy tale for adult I think because it make a lot more sense than the one for kid .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He marks one edge of the river with his scent. Othe males arent welcome unless they want to make an alliance. Female are welcome, as long as they arent intending to fight. (He does REALISTIC bear rp so if a female comes along and hints, he will mate.) This is the edge of his part of the river. He can hunt here, too.