I stumbled upon this new edition of the wonderful Grimm’s fairytales at work. It’s one of those books which comes in stock and gets bought straight away. It’s a stunning book which really takes your breath away. To have all of the Grimm’s fairytales together in one beautifully bound book is a real treat. Each page is a whole new world of undiscovered Grimm land…
The book has been carefully researched and each story; ranging from the much-loved Cinderella and Snow White to lesser known Puss n’ Boots (no, Antonio Banderas did not create that character!) is accompanied by stunning, dramatic illustrations from the likes of Arthur Rackham, Kay Nielsen and Walter Crane. Each illustration is vivid and dramatic, standing up as individual works of arts, but put together with the haunting tales of the Brothers Grimm, we have something quite spectacular. The illustrations and vivid in colour and often are dramatically juxtaposed with shadows and 3d-like effect reminiscient of Jan Pienkowski.
A timeless book I shall return to again and again and will recommend to anyone who has ever lost themselves in the true world of a Grimm fairytale. They may not be ‘Disney’ but they’re just as beautiful, hauntingly…breathtakingly so.
THE FAIRYTALES OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM
JACOB AND WILHELM GRIMM