A Tale Dark & Grimm

Posted on October 25, 2011


by Adam Gidwitz
Dutton 2010
Middle Grade
Follows Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into eight more tales, encountering such wicked creatures as witches, along with kindly strangers and other helpful folk. Based in part on the Grimms’ fairy tales Faithful Johannes, Hansel and Gretel, The seven ravens, Brother and sister, The robber bridegroom, and The devil and his three golden hairs.

Book Trailer

Read the First Chapter

Discussion Questions/Guides
Uno Summer 2011 Children’s Lit (scroll down).

Booktalks Quick & Simple,

Author Information
Author’s website, Adam Gidwitz talks about how the book came about (audio), Fuse #8 Interview, Adam Gidwitz visits The Foote School, Writing Dangerously at the PEN American Center (video).

Related Activities
SLJ Battle of the Kids’ Books, Teach Mentor Texts [“…After booktalking this book to a colleague and her fourth grade class, they stopped me in the hallway to tell me they had the original Grimm stories and were reading those.  How awesome is a book that truly incites readers to do more reading?…”]. 

Curriculum Connections
An Educator’s Guide to A Tale Dark and Grimm (extensive). Grimm Brothers’ Children’s and Household Tales. 11 Dark Fairy Tale Moments SFGate/San Francisco Chronicle, December 2, 2010. A Proms Fairy Tale: Humperdinck’s ‘Hansel and Gretel’ by Bruce Scott at NPR Music (hear an introduction to the opera).

Reading Levels
: 690. Accelerated Reader: Level 4.6. Reading Counts: Level 4.3

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Blogs: Books4YourKids.com, Educating Alice [Monica Edinger],  Heaven, Hell and Purgatory, Abby the Librarian, Mythopoetical,

How and Elementary School Library Inspired Adam Gidwitz’s Debut Novel by Maryann Yin. Galleycat, November 11, 2010.  When Stories Had Sharp Teeth by Marjorie Ingall. New York Times Sunday Book Review, November 5, 2010. Sketchbook Stories: Hugh D’Andrade by Cindy Ann Ganaden at Blu Penny, November 23, 2010 (how the cover of A Tale Dark & Grimm came to be). Not Your Average Fairy Tale Retelling: A Guest Post by Author Marissa Meyer at Book Rat, April 29, 2011. Blood, Bones and Gore: Horror and the Modern Children’s Book: An Afternoon at The Children’s Literary Salon by Dhonielle Clayton at Teen Writers Bloc, January 10, 2011. Protect Your Kids From Twilight! by Jeanne Sager at Cafe Mom’s The Stir, November 9, 2010..

Notable Children’s Books in the English Language Arts 2011 (Children’s Literature Assembly of NCTE). Notable Children’s Books 2011 – Middle Readers (ALA). E. B. White Read-Aloud Award Honor Book 2011 – Middle Readers (ABA). School Library Journal Best Books for Children 2010The Bluegrass Award 2012 Master List– Grades 6-8  (Kentucky). Maine Student Book Award 2011-2012 Reading List – Grades 4-8. Great Stone Face Book Award 2011-2012 Nominee – Grades 4-6 (New Hampshire). Charlotte Award 2012 Nominee – Grades 6-8 (New York). North Carolina School Library Media Association 2011-2012 Nominee– Middle School. Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award 2011-2012 Nomination – Grades 3-6.

Other Books to Read
Spooky Books for Tweens (.pdf). Good Books for Kids Entering 4th or 5th Grade (Arapahoe Library District). Suggested Books for Middle Readers: Students in Grades 3-5 (Family Foundations Academy). Folk Tales, Fairy Tales, Fables (Bookworm for Kids). Fairy Tales with New Twists (Hennepin County Library). Chapin School Summer Reading List K-4Summer Reading for Students Entering 4th-6th Grade (2011 – Richardson Independent School DistrictTexas). Book Some Time With Your Kids This Summer: Page-Turners That Appeal to Both Parents and Children by Jessica Gregg. Maryland Family Magazine, June 20, 2011.

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