Saturday, January 5, 2013

Recommendation: 'Lies, knives and girls in red dresses' by Ron Koertge

Just in case you haven’t already considered the slightly sinister undertones of most fairytales and their often grim outcomes, here comes a subversive little number that retells the old favourites with a decidedly macabre and gruesome bent. Fairytales for emos, cynics and anyone in the age of “now”, these are timeless  tales of treachery, skullduggery, with princesses careworn, sarcastic and none to impressed with the “princes” that float across their radar. For kids of all ages, especially those  liked to torture their Barbie dolls and just privately found the “fair maidens” of old rather bland and passive. Think
Princess Smartypants for teens, busting out princesses who make and break their own rules. No more trite “happily ever after”, this is the warts and all alternative-love it!!
Reviewed by: Sue W.


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