Grimm is Still Too Grim
Here’s a discovery I made about Grimm fairy tales… Even when they are rewritten by a great author, and the setting is changed, they still carry the dark, brooding energy of the original Grimm tale. For that reason, I can’t recommend something even though it’s by a favorite author. Shannon Hale, who wrote a wonderful series about the Princess Academy, attempted to create a children’s book out of a Grimm story. Her version is called Book of a Thousand Days. But it’s as dark as all the other Grimm stuff. I don’t like Grimm, and, I didn’t really like this one either. Well written as it is, you just can’t disguise that Grimm darkness, even with pretty words!