“A Tale Dark & Grim” by Adam Gidwitz

How could anyone resist a blog called Good Books and Good Wine? Blogger April Conant writes with verve and atty-tood about the books she loves (and there are a lot of them), so much so that it earned her a berth on our tween Fantasy & Science Fiction panel. April says she's twenty-something and a feminist, is in love with her boyfriend and can't resist hot pink. She describes kids books in very grownup terms, so hopefully you don't blush easily. Her posts are fun and fast and you can almost hear her speaking them at top speed to her best friends.

A Tale Dark and Grimm
by Adam Gidwitz
Dutton Juvenile

April loved Gidwitz's take on Hansel and Gretel as, "full of cool things like decapitation, blood and guts."

An excerpt:

Forget everything you know about Hansel and Gretel. What you were told was the lite version, where all the interesting violent bits got cut out, or so the omniscent narrator of A Tale Dark And Grimm would have us believe. AND YOU GUYS, A Tale Dark And Grimm is WAY more kick ass, than the Hansel and Gretel I remember.

Read the rest here.