Lies, Knives and Girls in Red Dresses

Lies, Knives and Girls in Red Dresses

Book - 2012
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Writing in free verse honed to a wicked edge, the incomparable Ron Koertge brings dark and contemporary humor to twenty iconic fairy tales.

Once upon a time, there was a strung-out match girl who sold CDs to stoners. Twelve impetuous sisters escaped King Daddy's clutches to jiggle and cavort and wear out their shoes. A fickle Thumbelina searched for a tiny husband, leaving bodies in her wake. And Little Red Riding Hood confessed that she kind of wanted to know what it's like to be swallowed whole. From bloodied and blinded stepsisters (they were duped) to a chopped-off finger flying into a heroine's cleavage, this is fairy tale world turned upside down. Ron Koertge knows what really happened to all those wolves and maidens, ogres and orphans, kings and piglets, and he knows about the Ever After. So come closer
-- he wants to whisper in your ear.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick, ©2012
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780763644062
Branch Call Number: F KOR YA
Characteristics: 87 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Dezso, Andrea


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BCD2013 Jun 06, 2014

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Fairy tales retold and reimagined in a series of dark poems.
- Andrea Lipinski

Jul 02, 2013

Clever. Witty. The illustration is fantastic too. A quick read too.

Aug 21, 2012

Eh. If you’re looking for really thought provoking poetic twists on fairy tale stories, go find Anne Sexton’s Transformations. This one’s contemporary, and a really fast read, but the best thing about the book is the title. I suppose if you've got reluctant readers, it might be a decent choice, but it just feels like something dumbed down for teen readers.

_hollister_ Aug 06, 2012

its a good idea, but i dont think that these stories are the best.

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