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Grimm Tales: For Young and Old (Penguin Classics)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 December 2012
A re-telling of old, familiar fairy tales. All the stories are well told and after each story there are notes explaining where the fairy tales come from.
You don't really learn anything new, but the story are well told and the biggest thing you learn is that all Stepmothers are evil and they hate their Stepchildren a lot!!!!!!!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 20 November 2012
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The very best bit of this wholly excellent book is the introduction. It was reproduced in its entirety in the Guardian review section a few weeks ago. For all the the author has set himself up as an anti religionist he clearly understands and appreciates the profound truths that are found in our eternal stories. The power of myth and archetype stands out clearly in these stories as he has left them all stark and concise as if to set them free to convey themselves without PP' s fingerprints on them. Not a word wasted but still the pictures that the words evoke are vivid and memorable. Maybe not stories for bairns's bedtimes but fables for all who hear them to grow in wisdom and wonder.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 November 2012
A beautiful book retelling the tales collected or written by The brother Grimm including notes which are interesting to the older reader. Illustrations are superb. I would recommend this book. A collectors dream and lovely to read to children as well as ones(older) self.
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on 18 October 2014
Super book
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 28 December 2012
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A modern voice on the old classics giving a fresh and updated feel. Due the lack of pictures (which would have been a lovely addition; especially similar to the lovely book cover) and full of gory details, this might not be the best choice for little fairies and elves, but certainly a good choice for teenagers and adults.

For those wanting to get back to the real gritty stories without the splash of Disney magic, this is the book for you. You will rediscover the classics like Cinderella but also some less popular tales which have been chosen by Pullman to give them his own distinctive spin.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 December 2012
The book in itself is good, because these are the tales that I know from childhood. But some "improvements" were really not necessary, for example the use of some words like "atoms", "newspaper" - they take away the oldness of the story.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 January 2013
Pullman has made Grimms tales both accessible and complete. Easy to read, interesting, original fairytales. I bought this for my young son and while some of the stories are a bit gory yet there are some that are suitable even now. :-) Thank you Philip Pullman!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I asked for this book for Christmas as I love the Grimm Fairytales and am a fan of Phillip Pullman writing style and have not been disappointed with the research and beautifully written stories. However, I am bitterly disappointed that there are no illustrations. How can you have a fairy story without pictures, especially if you are sharing the book with a child? Lovely stories and well written but could have been so much better with illustrations.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 June 2013
Philip Pullman does write a good book according to my wife, I wouldn't know as I don't read that much. Apparently this book is also very good so just buy it if you are not sure as the price is also keen.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 September 2013
I've only read a couple of the wonderful stories but have noticed some slight incorrect grammar. I still love the book. It's got a beautiful cover too and I'm looking forward to reading all the tales.
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