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.
“A fiendishly clever and darkly funny collection.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Turn over the rock of any fairy tale, and there is Ron Koertge with a version your grandmother wouldn’t recognize. Here are the familiar tales made new—subversive, post-modernized, and refitted with a sense of humor as wicked as any witch.”
— Billy Collins, Poet Laureate
“These ain’t your grandma’s fairy tales. These have teeth. Ron Koertge is wickedly clever and imaginative in his macabre poems. You’ll recognize the characters, but, oh, my, what are they up to!
— Paul B. Janeczko, author of Requiem: Voices of the Terezín Ghetto
“So you think you’re too old for fairytales? Think again. Koertge puts the ‘grim’ into the Brothers Grimm. These transformed classics are dark, funny, gruesome, and insanely original.”
— Sonya Sones, author of What My Mother Doesn’t Know
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