BROTHERS GRIMM WEEK (2): Tales from the Brothers Grimm
“Brüder GRIMM MÄRCHEN”, translated by Anthea Bell(Minedition)
Adorned by Zwerger’s lavish artwork, this collection is exquisitely stylish.
Look at the child’s expression in this illustration from The Children of Hamelin. This small detail alone tells a thousand stories.
The tales included in this collection are a selection of well-known tales as well as more obscure ones. I had never heard of Hans My Hedgehog for example. Interestingly, some of those well-known tales carry a different title in this selection: Little Red Riding Hood becomes Little Red Cap, and The Piped Piper of Hamelin becomes The Children of Hamelin. These could be due to the translation process, and certainly does not hinder enjoyment of the tales. It is nonetheless intriguing, and is potentially an interesting discussion point with young readers.
Tales from the Brothers Grimm is beautifully accomplished aesthetically, not only thanks to Lisbeth Zwerger’s elegant and atmospheric artwork but also because of the overall look, and feel, of the book. One can see that a lot of thought has been put into its design and that it has been meticulously put together; the quality of paper, for example, showcases the artwork fantastically and attests that Minedition is a publisher which cares greatly about the quality of its books.
One cannot but help cherish books of this quality, and so this is a wonderful gift book, which will best suited for slightly older children, and adults too, of course.
Source: review copy from Bounce Sales & Marketing