Wednesday, October 31, 2012


I am delighted to offer one lucky reader a copy of the newly released FAIRY TALES FROM THE BROTHERS GRIMM updated by Phillip Pullman. I am just enamored of this beautiful new edition.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the first publication of Grimm's fairy tales. To celebrate, Viking is thrilled to publish 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.


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 .


"A fresh, sparkling collection of the finest stories from the Brothers Grimm, hand-picked by an author perfectly suited to the task. This volume is a must-have for any lover of fairy tales...
In the hands of a master storyteller such as Pullman , the Grimms's tales take on a whole new life."
-Library Journal (starred review)

"A wonderfully rich reading experience...not only stylish in its simplicity but also scholarly.  There are, of course, any number of English-language version and editions of Grimm, but few are as felicitous in their telling at Pullman's.  His book surely belongs on the same shelf as the very best of those that appeal to general readers of all ages."
-Booklist (starred review)

"Smooth narration makes every tale accessible while keeping the mystical and lyrical qualities that make fairy tales so beloved...Readers will enjoy not only returning to European fantasy's roots but seeing how the tree still blooms."
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"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 

"I could not imagine a better emissary for the Brothers Grimm than Philip Pullman. His translations have the timeless quality of a voice speaking in a quiet room, ancient and immediate to the senses. What a pleasure it is to be reacquainted with these stories in all their swiftness, wonder, horror and charm."
-Kevin Brockmeier, author of The Brief History of the Dead

"Philip Pullman's Grimm is quite eloquent, and his commentary is witty and historically accurate. There is no doubt in my mind that the Grimms would have been delighted with what he has accomplished."
-Jack Zipes, Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota

"In this pitch-perfect retelling of the Grimms' fairy tales, Philip Pullman reminds us that the stories have lost none of their relevance or racing energy, even two hundred years after they were written down. As storyteller and sage, he preserves the flavors and aromas of fine old wines from times past and delivers them to us in sparkling new bottles."
-Maria Tatar, Harvard University ; author of The Classic Fairy Tales

"I've admired Philip Pullman since his early fantasy Galatea on through his splendid trilogy, His Dark Materials. All of his gifts, including his prose eloquence and his endless high-Romantic imagination, are manifested in this marvelous retelling of Grimm."
-Harold Bloom

To win your own copy:
Send an email to, with “Brothers Grimm” as the subject. Make sure to include your name and mailing address in the US only. This contest is open to all adults over 18 years of age. One entry per email address, please. Your email will not be shared or sold to anyone. 

All entries, including names, email addresses and mailing addresses, will be purged after winner is notified. This contest ends November 8, 2012. Good luck!

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