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Grimm Tales for Young and Old – Philip Pullman

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“Magical…This wonderful retelling is set to become a classic in its own right – Sunday Times”


Synopsis taken from Amazon:

In this beautiful book of classic fairy tales, award-winning author Philip Pullman has chosen his fifty favourite stories from the Brothers Grimm and presents them in a’clear as water’ retelling, in his unique and brilliant voice.

From the quests and romance of classics such as ‘Rapunzel’, ‘Snow White’ and ‘Cinderella’ to the danger and wit of such lesser-known tales as ‘The Three Snake Leaves’, ‘Hans-my-Hedgehog’ and ‘Godfather Death’, Pullman brings the heart of each timeless tale to the fore, following with a brief but fascinating commentary on the story’s background and history. In his introduction, he discusses how these stories have lasted so long, and become part of our collective storytelling imagination.

These new versions show the adventures at their most lucid and engaging yet. Pullman’s Grimm Tales of wicked wives, brave children and villainous kings will have you reading, reading aloud and rereading them for many years to come.

My Thoughts:

A great collection of the Brother Grimms Fairy tales, in one penguin classic edition. A wonderful addition to any readers shelves, a book that can be kept for years to come and re-read to children and grandchildren alike.

The book is made up of over 50 fairy tales. Some well-known and loved traditional tales such as Rapunzel, Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel. Discovering old fairy tales that I was not so familiar with made this book a real treat for me. There are many stories in this compilation that I had not come across, or had heard of but not read/been told, which have now become firm favourites.

Philip Pullman has made these fairy tales easy to read and memorable. Each one is told with precision, clarity and a sense of magic. Some of the tales are actually rather dark and twisted – arms and legs being chopped off, thieves being nailed into barrels and left to drown in ponds, eyes being pecked out by birds.

After each tale there is a small notes section. Pullman discusses where the tale originated from and when, how much the tale has developed through various retellings and what he as an author has changed and why. I thought this was a nice touch, it was surprising just how old some of these tales actually are!

Overall, a great read for any one who loves fairy tales or wants to re-discover them. Perfect for adults and children, a nice collection which will stay on my shelf for years to come.

Source: Paperback       First Published: 5 Sept 2013

Pages: 448                            Score: 3.5 out of 5

‘A magical collection full of wonderful tales of royalty – gorgeous princesses, handsome princes, wise old women and wicked queens, farmers, millers, and the faithful servant. A great bedtime read for children and adults alike. These fairy tales have been given a new life, with clarity and precision.’


Author: Stacie

UK Lifestyle & Parenting Blogger. Dog Lover. Nutella Obsessed. Diet Coke Drinker.

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