Saturday, November 17, 2012

Review: Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koertge

Title: Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses
Author: Ron Koertge
Series: None
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release Date: July 10, 2012
ISBN13: 9780763644062
Format: hardcover
Genre: YA, fantasy retellings, dark
Source: borrowed from library
Yes it's blue and Yes it tickles and Yes he's had a lot of wives and nobody knows what happened to them

but he's fun at the party and omigod that castle!

Once upon a time, a strung-out match girl sold CDs to stoners. Twelve impetuous sisters escaped Daddy’s clutches to jiggle and cavort and wear out their shoes. Bluebeard's latest wife discovered she'd married a serial killer. And Little Red Riding Hood confessed that she kind of wanted to know what it's like to be swallowed whole.

You see, Ron Koertge knows what really happened to all those wolves and maidens, ogres and orphans, kings and piglets of fairy tales, and he knows about the Ever After. So come closer--he wants to whisper in your ear.
To tell you the truth, I wholeheartedly loved this book, despite how purely screwed up it was.

Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses is a picture book, but one that's definitely not meant for children. It includes elements such as drug abuse, adrenaline junkies, and just something so messed up that you can't even imagine letting a child read it.

This book is a collection of super short stories that paints this beautifully painful and wrong picture to the readers. The characters all have something just so negative about them. Cinderella doesn't seem so amazing anymore. You'd wonder if Prince Charming is truly that charming. What if the princess in "The Princess and the Pea" was so sensitive that she could not bear even the lightest touch from her husband? Every one of the stories end with a conclusion that left me wondering what truly happened to the characters afterwards.

This book is not for the faint of heart. If you'd like to read short modern fairy tale retellings that just messes your head up, this may just be your thing.

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The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Micheal Buckley
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