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

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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 Ron Koertge

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Ron Koertge is the author of many award-winning novels, including Stoner & Spaz and its sequel, Now Playing: Stoner & Spaz II; Shakespeare Bats Cleanup; Strays; Deadville; Margaux with an X; The Brimstone Journals; and The Arizona Kid. A two-time winner of the PEN Literary Award for Children's Literature, he lives in South Pasadena, California.Andrea Dezsö is a visual artist and writer who works across a broad range of media. She is a full-time faculty member at the Maryland Institute College of Art and lives in New York City.
 
Published July 10, 2012 by Candlewick. 96 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult. Fiction

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Sexual imagery includes both children (Hansel and Gretel “eat and eat, filling up the moist recesses / of their little bodies”) and projected rape-fantasy (the Beast claims that Beauty “almost wanted / me to break her neck and open her / up like a purse”).

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Several new books reapproach age-old stories.

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Teen Reads

This mix of old and new, elegance and whimsy, is a perfect match for Koertge's decidedly contemporary take on the most classic tales we know.Reviewed by on September 21, 2012 Lies, Knives and Girls in Red DressesWritten by Ron Koertge, Illustrated by Andrea Dezso Comment Rules: Com...

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Portland Book Review

If you are a fan of fairy tales, you will know the delight in discovering an author who can rewrite them in a way that makes these stories relevant to the modern reader.

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Project MUSE

In sharp, ironic, and often darkly funny free verse, Koertge reimagines twenty-three well-known fairy tales, from "Bluebeard" to "Thumbelina" to "Goldilocks and the Three Bears", in free-verse poetry whose verse paragraphs hover between fragmented prose and poetry.

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The Horn Book

You said to tell you the truth and be, like, frank.” It’s also a swell mix of the comical, concrete, and macabre: “Anyway, it’s weird / inside a wolf, all hot and moist but no worse than flying / coach to Newark.” Dezsö’s choice of cut-paper illustrations is brilliant, a nod to Hans C.

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Youth Services Book Review

Koertge takes the classic fairy tales (Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, etc.) as well as a few lesser known tales and turns them into twisted modern tales.

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Shoreline Area News

Folktales originally collected and retold by the Brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault and Hans Christian Anderson are collected and retold again by Ron Koertge...and this time, the stories are tilted a little differently.

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