Tales From the Brothers Grimm
Ahh, what fairy tales really were!
Far from the sweet, innocent Disney versions our children have become accustomed to, the Grimm Brothers collected moral tales with a lesson. Papercutz, under their Classics Illustrated licensed line, give us "Learning How To Shudder", "The Valiant Little Tailor", "Devil With the Three Golden Hairs", and "Hansel and Gretel".
What I like about these 1996-2006 adaptations is the classical appearance of the projects. The art by Mazan, Cecile Chicault, and Philip Petit is outstanding. Textwise, if readers have not picked up the Grimm Tales and read translations, this may be the first time the `real' stories are available to the graphically oriented public. Hansel and Gretel is not the Bugs Bunny cartoon we remember, the wicked step mother dies before the children come home. The "Devil" is a tale of deception, almost like Adam and Eve. The really interesting thing about this story is that the King who wanted the young man who escaped death himself finds slavery!
"Learning How To Shudder" is a story of courage. "The Valiant Little Tailor" is our modern "Brave Little Tailor" in more detail. Courage and self confidence is the key to this story.
The Papercutz line is exceptional and deserves to be in every home, school, and library. If yours doesn't have one, make sure they do.
Thanks for a classy book Mr Nantier.