Review: The Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales

Sep •  16 •  2014
Review: The Grimm’s Complete Fairy TalesGrimm's Complete Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm, Kenneth C. Mondschein, Wilhelm Grimm
Series: Stand Alone
Published by Canterbury Classics on November 24th 2011
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Young Adult -Fantasy
Source: Bought

They are the stories we've known since we were children. Rapunzel.Hansel and GretelCinderellaSleeping Beauty. But the works originally collected by the Brothers Grimm in the early 1800s are not necessarily the versions we heard before bedtime. They're darker and often don't end very happily—but they're often far more interesting.

This elegant edition of Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales includes all our cherished favorites—Snow WhiteRumpelstiltskinLittle Red Cap, and many more—in their original versions. With specially designed end papers, a genuine leather cover, and other enhancements, it's the perfect gift for anyone looking to build a complete home library.

Many of these tales begin with the familiar refrain of “once upon a time”—but they end with something unexpected and fascinating.

Ever since I was a little girl, fairy tales have always made a way into my heart. I will never forget staying up late reading stories about Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and The Little Mermaid. The more I read these fairytales the more I wanted. Then I found my way to the fae. Another realm of stories I fell into. Then I learned about The Brother’s Grimm. I was immediately consumed with learning about all these stories and fascinated that even existed. I wanted the beginning. I wanted the truth of how and where this stories began. So I began searching for the perfect book to open that door.  I found it in my local indie bookstore. I ask if they have a collection of the “real” Grimm’s brothers stories. They said yes and brought me this beauty…

Can I talk about how BEAUTIFUL this book is? Cause it truly is. Leatherbound, eerie and smelling wonderfully (yes I sniffed the book). It has gold pages laced with the real stories of Cinderella, Rapunzel, etc. I have it sitting by my bedside in which I read a story each night. And each story has brought me so much satisfaction.

The stories themselves aren’t anything new. Most of us all heard of the Grimm’s stories either by movies (Disney has turned many Grimm’s stories into movies) or tv shows. I personally love reading the real thing. I feel like I stepped into a whole other world when I open this book. And maybe there is hope that something, maybe something strange will happen…you know, just like in stories. (WINK, WINK)

If you are a fairytale lover like me and enjoy reading, go pick up this beauty. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I adore this book. I’m not even half-way through  it (as I’m reading it slowly) but it is truly a wonderful collections of stories. I will warn you that these stories don’t all have happy endings. These stories were meant for children as lessons for life. Some end in happy endings while others not so much. With each story, I think about the life lesson that the Brothers Grimm are portraying. The way the capture it so beautifully in just a mere couples of pages always leaves me in awe.

I give it 5 BITES!


Happy Reading!


  1. Jenny
    Sep 16, 2014

    Can you believe I’ve never read any of Grimm’s fairy tales? I LOVE fairy tales so much, but have never read the originals which is something I need to remedy immediately!!!! Definitely a gorgeous book Savy!

    • Savannah
      Sep 16, 2014

      Thanks Jenny! You should definitely read these stories. 🙂

  2. Lisa (Fic Talk)
    Sep 16, 2014

    That is one pretty cover!

  3. That cover is gorgeous. They certainly don’t make books like that anymore. How many pages is this? I imagine it’s pretty big! When I first saw the heading for this review, I was shocked you had read every single fairy tale they wrote. That’s impressive! But now I see you’re taking your time which is even better!

  4. Kate @ Ex Libris
    Sep 17, 2014

    I love the Grimm versions of fairy tales. They are so dark!

  5. Oh that is one beautiful book. I know most of the stories, but really need to get them in one volume like this one.