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Grimm's Grimmest: 08/16/09

The brothers Grimm collected and published over two hundred fairy tales. Grimm's Grimmest has nineteen of the most bloody of them with gory illustrations by  Tracy Arah Dockray.

My two favorites were "Hans my Hedgehog" and "Rapunzel." "Hans My Hedgehog" has made me rethink Sonic the Hedgehog. The illustration on page 39 really looks like him except with less sexy shoes.

"Rapunzel" caught my attention because the first two pages are recreated so closely and so well at the start of Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon Hale, Nathan Hale and Dean Hale. I actually read this collection for this one story because I couldn't remember the original very well.

The rest of the stories are bloody, violent and often times nonsensical. The high amount of nonsense bothers me more than the grim nature of the stories.

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Comment #1: Monday, August, 17, 2009 at 01:33:10

Michelle Miller

I have this book, but have not read all of it. I did read some of Rapunzel, as it's one of my favorite tales. It seemed promising. I need to pull it out and see what I think! Thanks for posting your review =)

Comment #2: Monday, August 17, 2009 at 14:58:12


You're welcome. Happy reading!

Comment #3: Monday, August, 17, 2009 at 10:55:15


I read a collection of Grimm in college- some very disturbing stories- but I know I haven't even touched on the hundreds. I don't remember how Rapunzel was grim.

Comment #4: Monday, August 17, 2009 at 15:00:02


Rapunzel's lover suffers a nasty blinding

Comment #5: Monday, August, 17, 2009 at 11:06:21

Nicola Manning

Hmmm, this is intriguing. I have the complete works of Grimm. But illustrated versions of the tales are always so much more fun. And the bloody, violent ones at that too!

Comment #6: Monday, August 17, 2009 at 15:04:23


I have a complete set somewhere too but I don't think I've read through all of them. I picked this book up mostly for the illustrations.

Comment #7: Monday, August, 17, 2009 at 17:35:26


I love Rapunzel, although my favorite has to be Rumpelstiltskin. I haven't read/heard of Hans My Hedgehog, although a gory Sonic sounds interesting.

This looks totally fantastic.

Comment #8: Monday, August 17, 2009 at 15:07:13


Hans My Hedgehog is one of the weirdest Grimm stories I've read.

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