With 201 fairy tales and ten children’s legends, The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales really is complete! There are also 50 colorful illustrations and 64 in black and white to make the tales come to light.
First of all, these tales have an earlier sense of what is an appropriate story for children. I didn’t realize Cinderella was one of the original Grimm’s fairy tales. However, life is much grimmer for everyone involved than in the Disney version. The stepsisters perform surgery on their own feet to wear the slipper. Later, those seemingly nice and cheerful birdies that helped Cinderella, peck out both eyes of both the stepsisters. Payback was a witch in the early 1800s, I guess.
With so many choices and the original illustrations, you can’t go wrong in purchasing this book. While some of the tales are familiar, most are not. However, I think some of the stories might terrorize very young children. The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales would be a great gift for an adult or teen though. 4 stars!
Thanks to Rock Point, Quarto Publishing, and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.