Tales from the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird

Welcome to the fairy tale world where Hansel and Gretel are horrible children who deserve to be baked and where Beauty is dismayed when her beloved Beast turns human In the realm of the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird, when the sky really does fall, Chicken Little becomes the leader of a religious movement, gets her own TV show, collects millions of dollars to buildWelcome to the fairy tale world where Hansel and Gretel are horrible children who deserve to be baked and where Beauty is dismayed when her beloved Beast turns human In the realm of the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird, when the sky really does fall, Chicken Little becomes the leader of a religious movement, gets her own TV show, collects millions of dollars to build a theme park, and then makes off with the money These tongue in cheek interpretations of than a dozen favorite fairy tales will have readers in stitches.
Tales from the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird Welcome to the fairy tale world where Hansel and Gretel are horrible children who deserve to be baked and where Beauty is dismayed when her beloved Beast turns human In the realm of the Brothers Grimm

  • Title: Tales from the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird
  • Author: Vivian Vande Velde Brad Weinman
  • ISBN: 9780152055721
  • Page: 369
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Tales from the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird”

    1. To go along with my recent interest in fairy tales, I decided to look at some fractured versions, because those are always the best. One day, while browsing my online library catalog, I came across this book. It sounded just up my alley, and it was. This was a fantastic read and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys fractured fairy tales. I love how she takes these classic stories and retells them with a twist often with the bad guys becoming good and the good guys becoming bad. T [...]

    2. Great book, really funny-Took two points off because:Isabelle was probably baked in an oven, and what happened to Siegfried?The stories were a little bland

    3. Loved that this book jacket called these tales "PG-13". The best one was their spin on Hansel & Gretel. Fun read if you enjoy fractured fairy tales like I do.

    4. For a book that's supposed to be for 8-12 year olds, I thought it was a bit dark o.O The tales are certainly twisted in an interesting way, but be prepared to be a bit taken aback. Very short (not surprising for a "kid's book" but interesting.

    5. These versions of familiar fairy tales are quite enjoyable. Well, the Hansel and Gretel one was disturbing, but most of them have endings I prefer to those of the original, particularly 'Jack and the Beanstalk,' which is funny. These are the story titles:'Straw Into Gold'***'Frog'****'All Points Bulletin'*** 'The Grandaughter'**** 'Excuses'*** 'Jack'****'And Now a Word From Our Sponsor'***'The Bridge'***'Rated PG-13'*****'Mattresses'****'Twins'*****'Evidence'****'Beast and Beauty'****The various [...]

    6. One of Velde's greatest abilities is her talent in taking traditional fairy tales and giving them entirely new twists. This book is a perfect example of that.She starts off with Rumpelstiltzkin and the concept of weaving straw into gold for a king that is never quite satisfied with how much was actually accomplished. Then there's the story about the frog prince. An abused frog prince, that is. Does changing back into a Prince automatically mean happiness for the girl responsible? Not always.Then [...]

    7. librarytalker/201Take a cup of fairy tales, add a tablespoon of irony, and a dash of snark and you get a whole new take on the stories of the Brothers Grimm. These aren't just fractured; they are completely smashed and then rearranged in some strange mosaic that sometimes only vaguely resembles the original tale.Take, for example, this line from the Beast of the original "Beauty and the Beast":Beast was looking at the man skeptically. "Your daughter's name is Beauty?" he asked. "What kind of nam [...]

    8. My nine year old daughter found this in the Junior Fiction section of the library. She tossed it disgustedly on the return pile a few days later, saying "This book is dumb. I don't like the way the author redid the fairy tales." Since she's not a big fan of fairy tales anyway, I decided to read it to see if she was right, or if she just didn't appreciate it because of the genre.The answer, I found, is a little of both. After reading this compilation of "twisted" fairy tales (and it's a quick rea [...]

    9. I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this book. The cover caught my attention at the library.In the end, though, I loved it.I'm a huge sucker for retellings of classic tales, and this was one of the best. The author hasn't only retold the classic stories, in some cases she's offered quippy analyses of the classic tales in poem form. I also really appreciated that each story tied the old tale to the modern world, without modernizing the story.One of my favorite examples: "Once upon a time, bef [...]

    10. Why I picked it up: I needed a book of short stories for my reading challenge and I found this one when looking for something else. I like fairy tale retellings so I thought I’d give it a try.These reimaginings turn classic fairy tales on their heads, usually by changing one or more elements or by developing a character or background details. Stories that have been reworked include Beauty & the Beast, Hansel & Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, and more. A few stories are also now in poem [...]

    11. Cute collection of stories, but I found they weren't much different from the original tales. Some of them made even less sense. Lol.It was still an enjoyable book though.~ :)

    12. This collection of fractured fairy tales includes short stories as well as a few poems. Tales such as Rumplestiltskin, the Frog Prince, Goldilocks, Little Red Riding Hood, the Three Billy Goats Gruff, the Princess and the Pea, Hansel and Gretel, and others are turned upside down and inside out. What happens if Rumplestiltskin was a handsome young elf who helps the miller’s daughter out of the goodness of his heart instead of a tiny little man with an ulterior motive? What if Hansel and Gretel [...]

    13. A passable collection of short stories, but not up to this author's usual standard. This is a collection of fractured fairy tales, a subgenre I'm quite fond of. Some of the stories are quite good; it starts and ends strongly. She's done some fun and interesting things with some of the most well known European fairy tales. I was delighted to see that she took the side of the wolf in her retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, as I myself have done.While the book is marketed as for ages 8 to 12, I th [...]

    14. Retellings of several well-known fairytales such as: Beauty and the Beast, The Princess and the Peas, Hansel and Gretal, Little Red Riding Hood, and more. The differences between the original and the retellings varied greatly; (view spoiler)[such as changing the end of "Rumpelstilstin" so that Rumpel and Della ended up together (as it should be) and Hansel and Gretal, the demonic twins. (hide spoiler)]My favorites were "Straw into Gold", "Twins", "Frog", and "Mattresses." Though "The Granddaught [...]

    15. I expected more from this book. I found it accidentally while looking for another book. The "fractured" fairy tales aren't that fractured (end of billy goats gruff=big billy goat gets mad at younger brothers for not warning him). I really enjoyed the rendition of Little Red Riding Hood- Grandma and the Wolf are best buds. Not as creative as it could have been, it needed more twists and departures from the norm.

    16. Velde puts her own unique twist on classic fairytales. These fractured tales leave the reader laughing. The path Velde takes each character on is unpredictable and amusing. This is definitely a book worth reading because of the creative plot twists.I didn’t love this book, especially compared to other fractured fairytales that I have read. But, I do appreciate the creative value behind the stories. I could see kids really loving the surprising twists.Content warning: none.

    17. I thought this was just so cute and simple. I read it one day. I fell in love with Rumplestilskin, Hansel and Gretel made me run away screaming, and some parts made me laugh out loud.Granted, there were a few times when I thought to myself, "Wait. What?" but I got over it. It's not something you really have to understand to love.More detailed review here: squeakybooks/2008

    18. I love Vivian Vande Velde and found that this was yet another genius work by her. The stories, though not entirely original, because they are classic fairytales, were told in such a way that they made the old stories seem new. Fans of this book should read The Rumplestiltskin Problem by Vivian Vande Velde.

    19. This is a great collection of retold fairytales with the signature wit and humor of Vivian Vande Velde. Each chapter in this book is a different fairytale retelling. The retelling of Rumplestilskin can also be found in her book, The Rumplestitskin Problem, but it is my favorite retelling from that book.

    20. There was only one I really enjoyed: "PG-13" The two I enjoyed the end were, Princess and the Pea, and the Frog Prince. All the rest I really disliked. PG 13 had so many one lined explanations that really made me laugh. Princess and Prince (the latter two) had the princes suffering through the Princesses complaints and then kicked them out. Yeah! Go princes!

    21. I'm a big fan to twisted fairy tales, and some of these are very twisted indeed, particularly Red Riding Hood. But my favorite will probably always be Rumplestilzkin, because the author managed to take a not-very-satisfying folktale and turn it into a believable story with appropriate emotional response.

    22. This is a book of fairy tales for adults, or at least young adults. Typical fairy tales like "Beauty and the Beast," "Hansel and Gretel," and others, are retold in very different ways, and each one is truly funny.

    23. Fun collection of fairytale retellings, most with a simple spin on the ending, others more a revisioning. My favorites were: Straw into Gold, Frog, The Grandaughter, Twins, Evidence, B & S, and Mattresses.

    24. Hilarious! A wonderful take on the fairy tales. Especially loved the entertaining Jack and the Beanstalk as a drunken reverie. And Rumpelstiltskin (I always wondered why anyone would marry someone who first threatens to kill you).

    25. This collection started with a bang: a fun, imaginative retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin story. Directly following, however, it began to meander until it eventually plopped down with the laziest ending to a Beauty and the Beast retelling possible.Worth picking up; not worth finishing.

    26. Read this to my kids. Very cute and cleverly put together! Love the tales remade. Very funny and have some really good points and life lessons.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *