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

Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses, Ron Koertge, Candlewick, 2012

Format: Poetry, Hardcover

Rating: 3

Genre:  Fairy tales in verse

What did you like about the book? This was a weird one! 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.  These new interpretations on these old tales were fun and eye opening when you take a minute to think about them.  I enjoyed reading this quick little book.  Each story is about 1-3 pages and is accompanied with at least one black, white and red picture.

What didn’t you like about the book? Some of the fairy tales were disturbing.  Most of them have an emphasis on sex, brutal murder, and how humans have become desensitized to horrors in modern times.  Some of these themes were disturbing, but for older teens this is still a good choice.

To whom would you recommend this book?  I would recommend this book to older teens or adults.  The graphic content is not handled in a subtle way so younger teens might be overwhelmed.

Who should buy this book? Public Libraries, if you have a teen section that includes poetry or fairy tales.

Where would you shelve it and why? Teen or YA

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Not an essential read, but it is worth reading if you have an interest in modern versions of old classics.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Bonny Krantz, Northborough Free Library, Northborough

Date of review: 11/9/12

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