"Swiftness is a great virtue in the fairy tale.
All we need is the word "Once..." and we're off."
Pullman has gone back to the origins of these well known stories. They are back to the dark, morality tales they once were.
I was surprised by how many of these tales are much more violent than nostalgia and sentiment had me remembering. And also how originally it was the "evil mother" coming up with murderous plans against her own children, rather than the "wicked stepmother".
Recommended for young and old.