Ooh, I just love the Grimm’s fairytales we’re reading for our book club! I love them because they are old and dark and about forests and trickery and they don’t patronize the reader just because the reader happens to be a child. I went poking around the internets on ye old Brothers Grimm, and it appears I am not the only one who loves the Grimm Brothers. This is what I found:
National Geographic has an animated website that tells some Grimm’s tales
The University of Pennsylvania has a difficult (from an aesthetic p.o.v.) to look at website, with a lot of deets on the Grimms.
And of course there is the Grimm Wiki
There is the 2005 movie, The Brothers Grimm, starring Matt Damon and Heath Ledger. Meh.
An animated website with games and coloring pages for the kiddos. This seems somewhat anti-Grimm to me. But, The Kid likes it, so there you go.
There’s a Minnesota expert, Prof. Jack Zipes, who writes on the how the Grimms’ stories are relevant in today’s mixed up crazy modern world.
And, finally, Neil Gaiman (one of my all time favorite authors and bloggers) reviews the Annotated Brothers Grimm by Maria Tartar, the book we’re reading for book club. Gaiman writes, “The Annotated Brothers Grimm treats the stories as something important — not, in the end, because of what they tell us of the buried roots of Germanic myth, or because of the often contradictory and intermittently fashionable psychoanalytic interpretations, or for any other reason than that they are part of the way we see the world, because they should be told. That’s what I took from it, anyway. But fairy tales are magic mirrors: they show you what you wish to see.”