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Sunday, July 15, 2012

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

Publication Date: July 10, 2012
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Illustrator: Andrea Dezso
Stand Alone Novel
Young Adult
Pages: 96
Genre: Retelling


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.
*Digital galley provided by publisher for an honest review*

Short and entertaining, lyrical and heinous. Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses retells different fairy tales from Cinderella to Red Riding Hood all jam-packed in this short but savory book with really interesting but intriguing artistic cutout styles that go along with some of the fables. I for one found it as a bonus while reading.

I didn't really know what I was going to get when I fist requested the novel because my cover lusting ways found it and wanted it solely because of the really interesting and unique cover and title. The dark and intricate contemporary retelling in a free verse style caught my eye and had me adoring the story and some of the poetic lines that Ron Koertge presented.

Final Summation: With only 96 pages, this contemporary retelling does hit dark tones, because really, the fables that they derive from are the dark and grim originals. It was witty, poetic, and funny and had my attention the entire time. Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses is short a quick read that does justice.

First Line: I write this on a brailler, a kind of typewriter for the blind.
Story: S
Cover: S