The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm - Reviews

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“Published for the first time as a version aimed at parents and children alike… the perfect addition to any nursery library, it will have readers and listeners spellbound.”— Daily Telegraph, London, United Kingdom
"This gloriously illustrated collection, TASCHEN's first children's book, includes lesser-known tales like 'Little Brother and Little Sister' and 'The Devil With the Three Golden Hairs' along with the favorites... Best are the timeless illustrations, mostly European, gleaned from previously published work from the 1820s to the 1950s. The stories, if not all their characters, live happily ever after."— New York Times Book Review, New York, United States
"Color and silhouette illustrations first seen in editions 50 to 150 years ago add an antique glaze to 27 stories newly translated from the Brothers Grimm's final and, as the editor puts it, 'most child-friendly' versions... As a piece of bookmaking, it harkens back to more extravagant times, with a gold-stamped, purple cloth cover, many gilt pages, elaborate display type and scrollwork and two bound-in silk ribbons to act as bookmarks... this gathering of old favorites in their full, original forms collected in a lovely package should please fairy-tale collectors and bibliophiles alike."— Kirkus Review, New York, United States
"In what we think is a fairly brilliant move, TASCHEN’s Noel Daniel has created a new compendium of some of the most well-loved Grimm fairy tales, each accompanied by the best vintage illustrations she could find, culled from the hundreds of adaptations, translations and reissues of the stories from the 1820s through the 1950s. In addition, the book’s layout is accented by lovely original silhouettes from the 1870s interwoven with new silhouette designs created specifically for this publication."—
"What Daniel has done is comb through 150 years of different Grimm editions and translations from all over the world, and chosen the best illustrations for the best stories, presenting them all together in one big book. It's a great idea which, like many ideas, I'm amazed nobody had before."—
"Art and architecture (and sex) publisher TASCHEN is making a foray into children’s literature with the upcoming publication of The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm this fall. It may seem curious that a publisher that puts out The Big Book of Breasts (now in 3D!) is catering to kids, but when you look at TASCHEN’s focus on putting art in centre stage in its books, it seems like a smart brand extension."—, London, United Kingdom
"Ein neues Buch, das wie ein Klassiker wirkt."— td trend dokument, Moers, Germany
"Märchenhafte Bildwelten aus zwei Jahrhunderten. Natürlich von TASCHEN und als Popkulturerbe der Menschheit präsentiert – 27 klassische Gute-Nacht-Geschichten, wie wir sie noch nie gesehen haben."— espresso, Kulmbach, Germany
"TASCHEN known for lavish monographs on art and architecture and provocative paeans to the male and female anatomy, is taking a walk on the mild side with its first children’s book, The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, in which the stories of Cinderella, Rapunzel et. al are presented alongside a wealth of 19th – and 20th-century illustrations. With Hollywood’s appetite for fairy tales in overdrive - in addition to the upcoming NBC series Grimm and the recent Red Riding Hood, there are two big-screen Snow Whites en route - this is a welcome reminder of just how enchantingly twisted the originals are."— Los Angeles Times Magazine, Los Angeles, United States
"TASCHEN’s beautiful new edition takes 27 of the collected 210 tales, illustrated by different artists across tow centuries. British illustrators such as Arthur Rackham and George Cruickshank sit beside work by modern Czech, German and American artists. Any child’s imagination will be provoked by the inspired pairings of story and illustration…. Noel Daniel, the editor, has bravely kept the nastiness that Disney cut out. These happenings are not the scary adult kinds of nastiness, but these is wounding and violence. Children will be comforted by this. They know there are awful things in the world. Grimm’s fairytales confront darkness, but then light it up with acts of resourcefulness, kindness and courage that change everything. Plus a little bit of necessary magic."— The Times, London, United Kingdom
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The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm

The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm

Noel Daniel
Hardcover, clothbound, with ribbon bookmarks, 8.1 x 10.1 in., 320 pages
$ 39.99
Edition: English
Availability: In Stock
  • My Favorite TASCHEN Book Is...
Annie Leibovitz

"There are many ways to tell the classic fairy tales, and they're not always so nice. TASCHEN's edition of the Brothers Grimm—bold and beautiful and true to the original—comes along at a good time for my three young children. It is so much fun to read this book out loud. The design is thoughtful. It's not too big and not too small. And, as my oldest daughter said, it's pretty too."
Illustration by Robert Nippoldt
  • FAQ - Frequently asked questions
1. Why is TASCHEN doing a children's book for the first time after so many years?

TASCHEN recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. We have many readers who have come of age with us and are now having their own families. These readers are interested in beautifully produced children’s books that take seriously a child’s exposure to stories and images with depth and historical meaning. We wanted The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm to embody our mission to create meaningful books that are timeless yet original, modern but classic.
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