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Lies, Knives and Girls in Red Dresses

Lies, Knives and Girls in Red Dresses
By Ron Koertge
Candlewick Press, 2012
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
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.

Ok, so going into this book, I just knew it would be about retold fairy tales. I didn't know that it would be SHORT and in verse. Both of those things made me love this book. I read it super fast and it was AWESOME - dark and sinister, too. The illustrations -- AMAZING. It was such a cool perspective. I didn't understand some of the stories, but I am guessing that's because I didn't know the fairy tale well enough.

Everyone should read this.

My favorite: The Princess and the Pea.

Check it out.