Books by The Brothers Grimm

CINDERELLA by The Brothers Grimm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 1, 2015

"The whole is attractive visually but seems far more like the kind of gift book adults like to give to one another than a version that children might enjoy. (Picture book/fairy tale. 6-9)"
A "Cinderella" retelling illustrated in a combination of cutaway silhouettes and painted pages. Read full book review >
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD by The Brothers Grimm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"Schenker's illustrations and design combine with Bell's graceful translation to take the breath away. (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-10)"
As she did with Hansel and Gretel (2013), Schenker employs intricate die cuts, patterned prints, bold lines and basic colors to create a haunting journey through the familiar Grimms tale.Read full book review >
PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN by The Brothers Grimm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"This lovely and penetratingly creepy version of the familiar tale will linger long with readers. (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-9)"
This strange and unsettling tale is made all the stranger and more unsettling by Zwerger's spare, isolated figures in their pale interiors and landscapes, not to mention the rats that populate many of the versos until they are dispatched. Read full book review >
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD by The Brothers Grimm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Bland at first glance, appropriately eerie and disquieting on closer examination. (Novelty picture book/folk tale. 7-9)"
An accordion-folded edition of the classic cautionary story, with deceptively simple cut-out illustrations on card stock that can be viewed in color or, reversed, as silhouettes. Read full book review >
HANSEL AND GRETEL by The Brothers Grimm
Released: Dec. 1, 2013

"Gorgeous. (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-8)"
A sumptuous edition of the old fairy tale uses striking design to place readers in the forest with the children. Read full book review >
TALES FROM THE BROTHERS GRIMM by The Brothers Grimm
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"A belated companion to Zwerger's Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales (1992, 2006), similarly elegant of design and equally fine for reading alone or aloud. (introduction) (Fairy tales. 9-13)"
High production values give this mix of new and recycled translations and illustrations a suitably sumptuous air. Read full book review >
CINDERELLA by The Brothers Grimm
Released: July 1, 2013

"This Germanic Cinderella is simple, direct and rather sweet. (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-8)"
First published in German in 2011 as Aschenputtel, this is a gentle(ish) version of the oft-told tale, with illustrations evocative of the 18th century. Read full book review >
THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES by The Brothers Grimm
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"A pleasant retelling enhanced by a truly original presentation. (Fairy tale. 7-10)"
A traditional Grimm tale is retold, with mixed results, in chapter form for "confident readers." Read full book review >
SLEEPING BEAUTY by The Brothers Grimm
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"A fine choice for princess lovers and traditionalists. (Picture book/fairy tale. 6-10) "
"Once upon a time, a king and a queen used to say to each other every day, ‘If only we could have a child!' " Read full book review >
THE MUSICIANS OF BREMEN by Mark Holme
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 14, 2012

"The developers would do well to either give this app a major overhaul or put it out to pasture. (iPad storybook app. 4-7)"
A disappointingly flawed version of the classic Brothers Grimm tale. Read full book review >
THREE LITTLE PIGS by The Brothers Grimm
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"Devoid of energy, but greeting-card pretty. (Picture book/fairy tale. 4-6)"
A candy-colored version of the classic tale completely lacks teeth and claws. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Though a bit of a patchwork with all the visual styles on display, this gathering of old favorites in their full, original forms collected in a lovely package should please fairy-tale collectors and bibliophiles alike. (translator's and historical notes, index) (Fairy tales. 7-11, adult)"
Color and silhouette illustrations first seen in editions 50 to 150 years ago add an antique glaze to 27 stories newly translated from the Brothers Grimm's final and, as the editor puts it, "most child-friendly" versions. Read full book review >
MOTHER HOLLE by The Brothers Grimm
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Aug. 19, 2011

"An insipid rendition, with a stingy assortment of anemic interactive features. (iPad storybook app. 6-8)"
A prim, Grimm tale in which two characters receive their respective just deserts for industry and laziness is poorly served by bland illustrations and clumsy design. Read full book review >
THE WOLF AND THE LITTLE GOATS by The Brothers Grimm
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 14, 2011

"Third-rate art, storytelling and software design put this at the very bottom of the slag heap. (iPad storybook app. 6-8)"
Low production values, generic interactive effects and a chopped-up, poorly paraphrased text sink this version of the cautionary Brothers Grimm tale. Read full book review >
HANSEL AND GRETEL by Ten Sato
illustrated by Ten Sato, developed by DICO, by The Brothers Grimm
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: June 27, 2011

"Fans of the grimmest Grimm stories may find this app's artwork to be worth a peek, but the story itself doesn't provide much that is new or different. (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
Lush illustrations are let down by rote, bland storytelling in this oddly paced, tone-deaf version of the Brothers Grimm tale. Read full book review >
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 13, 2011

"With the thumbnail page scroll and the ability to turn wooden text and narrative off, kids can easily navigate and enjoy what this app has to offer. (iPad storybook app. 4-7)"
This classic tale of karma, retold in rigid rhyme and re-tooled with a different moral than the original, will enchant more with its activities than with its storytelling. Read full book review >
THE STAR CHILD by The Brothers Grimm
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Overly moralistic (it is more blessed to give than to receive), it's recommended only for extensive fairy-tale collections. (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-7)"
Another Grimm tale illustrated by Watts in her familiar soft-edged and soft-toned artwork (Little Red Riding Hood, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >
RAPUNZEL by The Brothers Grimm
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"A satisfying introduction to an old tale that begs to be read aloud. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In this retelling of the traditional tale, the familiar elements are present and accounted for. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

This unusual edition of the classic cautionary tale features no fewer than three versions: the familiar Brothers Grimm one; a lesser-known sequel from the same source in which Little Red and her grandma are on the alert this time; and, as a lagniappe, Perrault's earlier and darker rendition on a small folio glued to the rear endpaper. Read full book review >
SNOW WHITE by The Brothers Grimm
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"An uneven, though worthwhile, addition to fairy-tale collections. (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-9)"
Flemish watercolorist Gréban's queen may not be "the fairest of them all," but she steals center stage from his waifish Snow White—who is perhaps less beautiful than the (uncredited) translated text suggests. Read full book review >
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD by The Brothers Grimm
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"The old is new again here, and this is a welcome addition to the fairy-tale shelf. (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-9)"
My, what big talent she has! Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"It's an unabashedly old-fashioned retelling, making few concessions to modern sensibilities; as such, it carries a power rarely found in fairy-tale retellings. (Picture book/fairy tale. 7-10)"
The devil makes a bad bargain in this rich retelling from the collections of the Grimms. Read full book review >
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD by The Brothers Grimm
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A beautiful new rendering. (Picture book/fairy tale. 3-6)"
A gorgeously illustrated version of the classic tale, this time with a brown-skinned protagonist. Read full book review >
IRON HANS by The Brothers Grimm
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"An intriguing alternative to the other two. (Picture book/folktale. 8-10)"
Tavares's tidy, literal, clean-lined illustrations give this retelling of a particularly surreal Brothers Grimm tale some welcome grounding in reality. Read full book review >
THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES by The Brothers Grimm
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"While this fairy-tale retelling avoids the grievous cultural misstep of the earlier Princess and the Pea, it still feels more self-indulgent than anything else, less a startling new interpretation than an opportunity to explore color, design and technique. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The familiar tale from the Brothers Grimm receives a bright treatment in an unspecified African setting. Read full book review >
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD by The Brothers Grimm
Released: Nov. 12, 1974

"None of the impish subtlety of deRegniers and Gorey (KR, 1972), but then, 'all the better to catch hold of you with, my dear.'"
"Do I find you here, you old sinner! . . . Long enough have I sought you!" exclaims the huntsman before cutting Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother out of the greedy wolf's belly. Read full book review >
IPAD BOOK APPS

"Disappointing. (iPad storybook app. 3-10)"
Visually unique with engaging computer-generated graphics and thrilling transitions between a virtual book and pop-up playsets, this take on long-haired Rapunzel's tower imprisonment just misses enhancing the well-worn tale by veering too far from the original story. Read full book review >
THE BRAVE LITTLE TAILOR by The Brothers Grimm
IPAD BOOK APPS

"The app is otherwise quite nice to look at and was clearly put together with careful attention to presentation and style; it's a shame the text doesn't read as if it was given the same amount of nurturing. (iPad storybook app. 3-7)"
The traditional story of the pint-sized tailor's apprentice who defeats "seven in one blow" (house flies, it turns out, not giants who are terrorizing his town) is attractively presented as part of the StoryChimes series of apps. Read full book review >