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Once Upon A Time by Brothers Grimm and Kevin Tong

Once Upon a Time book review brothers grimm kevin tong

Title: Once Upon A Time: A Collection of Classic Fairy Tales
Author: Brothers Grimm and Kevin Tong
Genre: Fairy Tales, Myths
How I got the book: I bought it

Summary (from Amazon):

The book itself will be small and gift-sized, and will feature original illustrations by a fantastic artist named Kevin Tong. Tong worked as an artist on LOST’s art campaign and currently does amazing concert posters. His aesthetic is dark and edgy, and lines up nicely with that of the show-exactly what we’re going for with these illustrations. For our book, he’ll illustrate the cover, six full-page interior pieces to go with the tales featured in both the book and the show (Snow White, Cinderella, Rumplestiltskin, Rapunzel, Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty), and a combination of small, decorative images and borders to adorn the interior pages.

My Review (may contain spoilers!):

This book is a collection of 30 fairy tales written by the Brothers Grimm. The original versions of these stories are more complicated (and gory) than what Walt Disney has turned them into.

For example, in the story of Cinderella, there is no magic. There is no fairy godmother. Cinderella just happens to have luck on her side. The stepsisters do not have a happy ending at all.

Most of the stories surrounded the same themes: Greed. Selfishness. With these in mind, you would think there would be no happy endings, but there were. Despite someone doing the wrong thing, they still came out on top sometimes.

Some stories were hard to read. I only recognized seven out of the 30 stories. It was easier to read those seven and be impressed by the changes that were made to them.

Overall, the stories weren’t that bad. Even if some were a little bit odd.

Once Upon A Time by Brothers Grimm and Kevin Tong get 4 out of 5 stars.

Favorite Quote:

“And the miller was afraid and did as he was told. And that just shows what men are.” –Brothers Gimm, Once Upon a Time

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Author:

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

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