IRON HANS by The Brothers Grimm

IRON HANS

by , adapted by , illustrated by
Age Range: 8 - 10

KIRKUS REVIEW

Tavares’s tidy, literal, clean-lined illustrations give this retelling of a particularly surreal Brothers Grimm tale some welcome grounding in reality. Mitchell leaves the original’s hard-to-summarize plot largely intact. That one features, among other elements, a nine-foot-tall wild man with vast wealth and magical abilities, a runaway prince trying to hide the fact that his hair has turned to gold, a war, two kings, three golden apples and a bold but compliant princess. But he has fleshed out the characters and the final happy scene a bit. Eric Kimmel’s edition (1994), illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman, and Marianna Mayer’s (1999), illustrated by Winslow Pels, both titled Iron John, are more coherent but necessarily freer renditions; this one makes some concessions to modern young readers, but is closer to the older tale, and so to its oral progenitor. An intriguing alternative to the other two. (Picture book/folktale. 8-10)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-7636-2160-5
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Candlewick
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2007




MORE BY THE BROTHERS GRIMM

ChildrenTHE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES by The Brothers Grimm
by The Brothers Grimm
ChildrenTHREE LITTLE PIGS by The Brothers Grimm
by The Brothers Grimm
ChildrenTHE FAIRY TALES OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM by The Brothers Grimm
by The Brothers Grimm

MORE BY STEPHEN MITCHELL

ChildrenTHE UGLY DUCKLING by Stephen Mitchell
by Stephen Mitchell
ChildrenGENIES, MEANIES, AND MAGIC RINGS by Stephen Mitchell
by Stephen Mitchell
ChildrenTHE TINDERBOX by Hans Christian Andersen
by Hans Christian Andersen

MORE BY MATT TAVARES

ChildrenBECOMING BABE RUTH by Matt Tavares
by Matt Tavares
ChildrenHELEN'S BIG WORLD by Doreen Rappaport
by Doreen Rappaport
ChildrenTHERE GOES TED WILLIAMS by Matt Tavares
by Matt Tavares