It is most certainly not!! There is a lamentable tendency for publishers and libraries alike to treat so-called 'fairy' stories as children's stories. It is worth remembering that for thousands of years these stories were told by, for & to adults. Many of the stories would, no doubt, have been considered unsuitable for children at the time. It should be graven in the offices of publisher's and libraries (and Amazon!) that folktales are just that - tales of the folk, embodiments of myth, legend, religion & tradition; for instruction and education, as well as entertainment. I actually own this, and three others (French, Arabic and Japanese) in the series, and can vouch for the excellence of all. If you're not sufficiently interested in folktales to want to investigate the national/ethnic books, then this one is a superb collection of a wide assortment of tales - comic tales, tall tales, tales of death & loss, wonder tales, trickster tales, tales of every description. I thoroughly recommend it. Oh, and if you didn't believe the foregoing rant about 'fairy' tales, I can also recommend that you grab any opportunity to go and see (and hear) a competent storyteller tell (i.e. not read!). Then you'll understand why I am so adamant that this is a collection of ADULT stories!