Parents' Guide to

A Tale Dark and Grimm

By Sally Engelfried, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Exciting, funny, violent, and touching Hansel & Gretel tale.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 15 parent reviews

age 7+

Suitable for most children 7+

Very much based on fairy tales including Hansel and Gretal. It is a bit dark, but you expect it to be because the fairy tales themselves are dark. My children 7 and 9 years old were both fine with it and they can be easily scared. It does contain some gore and fear but it’s cartoon form and fairy tale telling make it very clear that this is a fairy story and a dark tale not real life. I can’t speak for the book, only the tv show.
age 18+


This show is disgusting and disturbing.. eating children and then you get “a taste for them.” The parents cutting the heads off of their children and sewing them back on. SICK SICK SICK. NOBODY should watch this garbage

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (15 ):
Kids say (18 ):

In A Tale Dark and Grimm, author Adam Gidwitz does what fairy tales have always done: He tells important truths by wrapping them in the metaphor of an exciting story. Unlike some of the more Disneyfied takes, however, he makes sure not to leave out any of the darkness on the road to happily ever after. That's what makes this book, as Gidwitz says, "Awesome ... in a horrible, bloody kind of way." Readers familiar with the classic tale of "Hansel and Gretel" will finally understand why the children decide to return home even after their parents abandon them, as they are fully fleshed out characters with whom readers will empathize. Gidwitz's own asides add humor and help make the book an excellent family read-aloud.

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