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Book Give Away: Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm by Philip Pullman

Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version by Philip Pullman
Viking (November 12, 2012)
406 pages

Thanks to the generosity of Viking/Penguin Books, I am pleased to be able to offer a finished hard cover copy of Philip Pullman’s most recent work. This is a gorgeous book and would make a wonderful gift.


From the Publisher:

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the first publication of Grimm’s fairy tales andViking is celebrating by publishing Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm, a retelling of fifty beloved stories by Philip Pullman, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the His Dark Materials trilogy.

In 1812, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published the first volume of Children’s and Household Tales. Now, two centuries later, fairy tales are once again all the rage with TV shows like Grimm and Once Upon a Time dominating ratings and two movie adaptations of “Snow White” out in the same year.  With Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm, Philip Pullman brings these much-loved tales back to the page.

From stories like “Cinderella” and “Hansel and Gretel” to lesser-known treasures like “The Girl With No Hands,” “The Three Snake Leaves,” and “Godfather Death,” Pullman retells fifty of Grimm’s timeless classics for the modern age in his lively, beguiling prose. He includes all the most familiar characters—Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, the Frog Prince, and Rapunzel—while also introducing readers to some they might not have met yet.

Pullman has consulted a variety of editions of the work to pull together a seamless version of each story that focuses on engaging readers and demonstrating exactly why these fairy tales have been told over and over again, remaining vibrant since their original publication in the early 19th century. With Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm, Pullman pays homage to the tales of romance and villainy that inspired his unique creative vision—and that continue to cast their spell on the Western imagination.

You didn’t know you needed to reread Grimm. You do. This is a grand and a great book. With confidence and modesty alike, Pullman adds just enough Pullman to remind us that the oldest stories are always best told by someone who knows how to do the job of storytelling. No grandstanding here, no posturing or poesy-making. Pullman selects familiars and exotics, and gives us the goods anew—the ashes never grittier, the golden shoes never more lively, and the teller’s notes concise, witty, scholarly even. Older Grimms—put them on the top of the bookcase. This one needs to be closer to hand. I read it ravenously, rapturously.” —GREGORY MAGUIRE, author of Wicked

Check out this wonderful interview with Philip Pullman about his book on the BBC.

Read an excerpt in The Guardian.


Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass) has sold more than fifteen million copies and been published in more than forty countries.  The first volume, The Golden Compass, was made into a major motion picture starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig.  Pullman is at work on a companion His Dark Materials novel The Book of Dust.  He lives in Oxford, England. Learn more about Pullman and his work by visiting the author’s website.


Would you like a chance to win this book? Here are the details to enter:

  • Contest open from November 11, 2012 through November 18, 2012 at 5:00 pm (PST)
  • Restricted to US and Canada addresses only
  • I will draw ONE winner randomly and announce the winner on my blog on November 18th after 5:00 pm.
  • The publisher will be mailing the winner their book.
  • TO ENTER Click here to take survey



  1. November 11, 2012    

    I have fond memories of the illustrated fairy tales I read as a child. This sounds like a great collection!


  2. November 11, 2012    

    I still love reading fairy tales, and I love Philip Pullman. I’m sure that at some point I will end up reading this because of that irresistable combination.

  3. November 11, 2012    

    I have this on my tbr list. I can’t wait to read this and see how Pullman put his touch on these stories. I hope you’re enjoying your Sunday.

  4. November 14, 2012    

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this one. I have a feeling, even if I don’t win, I’ll end up buying it.

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