Myfanwy Jones is the author of The Rainy Season, shortlisted for The Melbourne Prize for Literature's Best Writing Award 2009, and co-author of the bestselling Parlour Games for Modern Families, Book of the Year for Older Children ABIA 2010. She lives by a creek in Melbourne with her human and non-human family. Leap, Myfanwy's latest novel, has just been released.
The Juniper Tree and Other Tales from Grimm by Lore Segal and Maurice Sendak
Dad would tuck us up with wedges of apple to clean our teeth then settle on a chair, book in hand. Always Brothers Grimm – we were not a Hans Christian Anderson sorta family; we liked our fairy tales dark. I especially liked it when fingers or hands were chopped off and bed became the musty refuge of intact limbs. I loved these for their magic too, the transmogrification, the getting lost in the woods and the wending out. I was aware writing my second novel that there was something Grimm in its mood and shape. (This edition for Sendak’s drawings.)
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