Books by The Brothers Grimm

THE FROG PRINCE by The Brothers Grimm
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2018

"Another dazzler from Schenker though, like many of the Hausmärchen, a patchwork affair that plotwise doesn't come close to hanging together. (Picture book/fairy tale. 6-9)"
The very first tale in the Brothers Grimm's classic collection gets a lavish makeover. Read full book review >
FAIRY TALES FROM THE BROTHERS GRIMM by The Brothers Grimm
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"It's not hard to imagine that the Grimms are rolling over in their graves—with laughter. (Fiction. 5-10)"
The Muppets take on the tales of the Brothers Grimm Read full book review >
THE MAGICAL WISHING FISH by The Brothers Grimm
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Although an additional purchase for most purposes, this might have a place in a religious school or for a family of faith. (Picture book/fairy tale. 4-7)"
Bigger houses, more important titles: sounds like the wishes of many of today's professionals and entrepreneurs. Read full book review >
PRINCESS SOPHIE AND THE SIX SWANS by The Brothers Grimm
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2017

"A charming adaptation with a solid moral and a heroine whom little girls and boys can look up to. (Picture book/fairy tale. 4-8)"
When her six brothers are turned into swans by their wicked stepmother, Princess Sophie must endure physical and emotional trials to save them in this warmly illustrated version of the classic fairy tale. Read full book review >
THE HARE & THE HEDGEHOG by The Brothers Grimm
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"It may be macabre, but it's closer in spirit to the original than most newly refashioned folk tales. (Picture book/folk tale. 7-9)"
In a little-known variant on "The Tortoise and the Hare," the latter loses more than a race. Read full book review >
CINDERELLA by The Brothers Grimm
CHILDREN'S
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
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
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
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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 >
THE FAIRY TALES OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM by The Brothers Grimm
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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 >
CHILDREN'S
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 >
SNOW WHITE by The Brothers Grimm
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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 >
THE BEARSKINNER by The Brothers Grimm
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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 >
JORINDA AND JORINDEL by The Brothers Grimm
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"The illustrations are lacy and dreamlike, with echoes of Chagall in the bright feathers and black cloak of the witch and the flower vision that inspires Jorindel. (Picture book/fairytale. 5-9)"
A romantic Grimm fairytale that's hard to find in a single edition is retold and made lovelier by Watts's pretty illustrations. Read full book review >
RAPUNZEL by The Brothers Grimm
by The Brothers Grimm, illustrated by Maja Dusíková, translated by Anthea Bell
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"Bell's translation is ideal for reading aloud. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
This rendition of Rapunzel hews very closely to the original, a familiar romantic adventure: Rapunzel's father is caught nipping rampion from the witch's garden to satisfy his pregnant wife's craving, and agrees to surrender the child to the witch to guarantee his wife's health. Read full book review >
THE BRAVE LITTLE TAILOR by The Brothers Grimm
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 1997

One of the Grimms' more eccentric tales receives the outlandish attention of Goloshapov (The Six Servants, 1996, etc.), whose ominous illustrations give the story its due. Read full book review >
THE BROTHERS GRIMM by The Brothers Grimm
Released: March 15, 1997

"A nicely balanced, mid-sized gathering. (Folklore. 10+)"
In nearly three dozen MÑrchen—``strange little tales''- -newly translated and illustrated, Alderson mixes the usual suspects—``The Bremen Town Musicians,'' ``The Frog King,'' ``Little Snow White,'' ``The Twelve Dancing Princesses,'' etc.- -with less common entries, such as the gruesome, peculiar ``Fitcher's Bird'' and a variant on ``The Three Sillies'' called ``The Sad Tale of Clever Elsie,'' in which the suitor later repents of his marriage and tricks the foolish girl into running off. Read full book review >
THE SIX SERVANTS by The Brothers Grimm
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1996

"As with a good ghost story, the horror here is the enticement. (Picture book/folklore. 6-10)"
Although popular culture's take on fairy tales tends to emphasize the bright side of life, Goloshapov's illustrations for this old story retain its darker aspects and fairly bristle with menace. Read full book review >
THE SEVEN RAVENS by The Brothers Grimm
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"The symbolism of the pictures overwhelms the nuances of the story: When the sister appears with all her fingers in place in the last scene, but no restoration is mentioned in the text, children are likely to read it as a mistake. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
A father curses his seven sons and they turn into ravens in this ever-popular tale. Read full book review >
THE WOLF AND THE SEVEN LITTLE KIDS by The Brothers Grimm
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Children will know from the start that all's well that ends well. (Picture book/folklore. 3-5)"
Bell and Watts, two reliable interpreters of folklore (Rumpelstiltskin, 1993, etc.), team up again for this strong entry in a crowded field. Read full book review >
THE GOLDEN GOOSE by The Brothers Grimm
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

A drily entertaining version of the tale of the simpleton and his golden goose. Read full book review >
THE SEVEN RAVENS by The Brothers Grimm
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1994

"The psycho-baggage gets in the way of the story, but Gazsi's pictures captivate. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-9)"
A young girl learns she had seven brothers who had been cursed and banished by their father for being inconsiderate to her when she was a frail babe. Read full book review >
THE BEAR AND THE BIRD KING by The Brothers Grimm
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

A grumpy bear insults the ordinary-looking nestlings of the Bird King, occasioning a war between the beasts of the land and those of the air. Read full book review >
IRON HANS by The Brothers Grimm
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Young romantics will revel in the princess's fragile loveliness, the medieval pageantry, and the many meticulously rendered details. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
An unattributed translation of one of the Grimms' more enigmatic tales, in a lush edition with imaginative illustrations and intricate borders. Read full book review >
SNOW WHITE AND ROSE RED by The Brothers Grimm
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 4, 1992

"Lush and handsome, but without the storytelling verve of Barbara Cooney's freer illustrations (1965, 1991). (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
A slightly updated text based on May Sellars's 19th-century translation of the story about two sisters who not only befriend a bear who's really a prince but rescue—three times—the peculiarly ungrateful gnome (``dwarf'' in other editions) who enchanted the prince and stole his treasure. Read full book review >
THE BREMEN TOWN MUSICIANS by The Brothers Grimm
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"Both deserve a place in library collections. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
Watts's soft, more traditional illustrations don't have the rambunctious zest of Wilhelm's (below), but they are appealingly pretty (in the best sense), representing the animals with sympathy, their defeat of the robbers with some humor, and the setting with a pleasant nostalgia. Read full book review >
RUMPELSTILTSKIN by The Brothers Grimm
Released: Oct. 16, 1986

"A distinguished edition of one of Grimm's favorite tales."
After comparing several of the original Grimm variants, Zelinsky has selected and retold to make his own version. Read full book review >
JORINDA AND JORINGEL by The Brothers Grimm
Released: June 1, 1978

"At the picture-book level, it's Adams and Shub all the way; this is pleasant to hold in the hand—but, even so, the pictures don't bear close or repeated scrutiny."
The Grimm tale of Jorinda's enchantment and Joringel's devotion, tenderly and dramatically pictured by Adrienne Adams (1968), is strung out into a series of incidents in the vignettes which illustrate this small (4 3/4 x 6 3/4) volume—and which, moreover, give little scope for Margot Tomes' spirited drawing or sense of fun. 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 >
MORE TALES FROM GRIMM by The Brothers Grimm
Released: Oct. 20, 1947

"The flavor of the original is held while some of the grimness and overweighted morality is removed."
For fairy tale lovers here is excellent stuff — a collection of the lesser known tales, freely translated and illustrated by bold pictures characteristic of the creator of Millions of Cuts. Read full book review >
TALES FROM GRIMM by The Brothers Grimm
by The Brothers Grimm, illustrated by Wanda Gag, translated by Wanda Gag
Released: Oct. 9, 1936

"Better for reading aloud than for beginning readers."
A careful selection, including such favorites as Hansel and Gretel, Rose White and Snow Red and omitting the gruesome ones which deter some parents from giving Grimm to their children. Read full book review >
RAPUNZEL by The Brothers Grimm
by The Brothers Grimm, illustrated by Alexandra Lara, developed by Oniric.co
CHILDREN'S

"Whether the girl-in-distress-becomes-a-princess storyline is still relevant after nearly 200 years is an entirely separate matter, Disney movie adaptations aside. (iPad storybook app. 2-6)"
Filled with digitally collaged illustrations and pages that take advantage of the iPad's touch and motion features, this app stands out by mostly enhancing, rather than getting in the way of, a good Brothers Grimm story. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S

"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 >
CHILDREN'S

"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 >