Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses

By Ron Koertge; Andrea Dezso (Illustrator)
(Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763644062, 96pp.)

Publication Date: July 10, 2012

List Price: $17.99*
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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer 2012 Kids' Next List
“These 23 classic fairy tales are retold in a way that at once makes them fresh and contemporary and returns the stories to their original darkness. Dezso's fantastic illustrations are reminiscent of Kara Walker's silhouettes, and Koertge flips everything you've come to expect from 'ever after' -- including a Red Riding Hood who wants to be swallowed up and a former Beast who longs for his fangs. A wicked little read, indeed!”
-- Alise Hamilton, Andover Bookstore, Andover, MA


Description

Writing in free verse honed to a wicked edge, the incomparable Ron Koertge brings dark and contemporary humor to twenty iconic fairy tales.

Once upon a time, there was a strung-out match girl who sold CDs to stoners. Twelve impetuous sisters escaped King Daddy’s clutches to jiggle and cavort and wear out their shoes. A fickle Thumbelina searched for a tiny husband, leaving bodies in her wake. And Little Red Riding Hood confessed that she kind of wanted to know what it’s like to be swallowed whole. From bloodied and blinded stepsisters (they were duped) to a chopped-off finger flying into a heroine’s cleavage, this is fairy tale world turned upside down. Ron Koertge knows what really happened to all those wolves and maidens, ogres and orphans, kings and piglets, and he knows about the Ever After. So come closer
— he wants to whisper in your ear.




About the Author
Ron Koertge is the author of many celebrated novels, including Stoner & Spaz, Strays, and The Brimstone Journals, all American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults; Shakespeare Bats Cleanup, and American Library Association Top Ten Sports Books for Youth Selection; and The Arizona Kid, an American Library Association pick for "one of the ten funniest books of the year." A two-time winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Children's Literature, Ron Koertge lives in South Pasadena, California.

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