Article Title

The Singing Bones


Jarrett Bell


Excellent, Intermediate, Young Adult, Shaun Tan, Sculpture, Fairy Tale, Art, Minimalism, Brothers Grimm

Document Type

Book Review


In 1815, two German brothers with the surname Grimm published the first edition of Children’s and Household Tales, a complete flop. However, their luck changed in 1823 when they received a new edition, published in London with one major change: the addition of illustrations. Ever since then, fairy tales have been interpreted by the accompanied artwork. The Singing Bones is a first attempt to add minimalism sculpture, rather than imaginative illustration, to the fairy tales. This leaves the interpretation of the story to the reader, the way the author believes the Brothers Grimm meant them to be.