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. Volume XVI Number 2. . . .September 11, 2009
Translated from German, Definitely Not for Little Ones is a collection of graphic versions of some of the Grimms' well-known tales ("The Frog Prince") as well as lesser known stories ("Jorinda and Jorindel") by, according to the jacket, one of Germany's most distinguished illustrators.
Certainly the book is not for little ones, with the tales retaining the violent and cruel details of the originals, told in a modern irreverent and unsubtle style, and often ending with the pithy "and they would still be alive today...if they weren't dead, that is." Talk about putting "and they all lived happily ever after" on its head! The princess turns the Frog Prince into a man by splatting him against a wall in frustration; Rapunzel and her prince sleep together in the tower, and he discovers later he is the father of twins; Little Red Cap and her grandmother are eaten by the wolf and cut out of the sleeping wolf's stomach; then they pack the wolf with stones, sew him up again, and eat wolf steak when he dies.
Recommended with reservations.
Todd Kyle is a public library manager in Mississauga, ON, who has served on the jury of several children's literature awards in both official languages.
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