Podcast Review: Grimm, Grimmer, Grimmest
A new favorite is the Pinna original podcast, Grimm Grimmer Grimmest.
Narrated by author Adam Gidwitz, each episode is of one of the Grimm Brothers' classic tales with a full cast and sound effects.
Unabridged Kid is pretty imaginative and hasn't been exposed to much 'scary' stuff, but he's been begging for scary things, so this podcast has been perfect, especially as Gidwitz ranks each story by Grimm (weird), Grimmer (weird, maybe gross), and Grimmest (weird, gross, maybe creepy).
Additionally, interspersed in the retelling is the reaction from a group of child listeners, which cuts through some of the scariness of the stories and gives everyone some breathing room.
But it isn't just the fabulous production values and wonderful storytelling that makes this a win for our household; it's also that Gidwitz actually addresses the problematic stuff found in fairy tales. In one episode, "Little Chick" (Season 1, Episode 9), the story's heroine is asked by an evil adult to keep a secret. The story cuts to Gidwitz and the group of children then discussing how inappropriate and creepy and wrong this is. Same with other elements of questionable or non-consent, cruelty, etc.
Currently there are about 20 episodes, with Season 3 being released now. Each episode clocks between 18-26 minutes, so they're perfect for listening while running errands. While the first season appears to be available widely, you have to subscribe to Pinna to access the entire series. (Pinna is basically an audio-content subscription service, like a kids audio material Netflix. It has audiobooks, podcasts, music, and other original content.) I'll be doing a review of the Pinna service later, but so far, we're enjoying it.
Note: I started Pinna with their free trial and we decided to pay for it because we're enjoying the commercial-free content. Pinna has not compensated me in any way for this review.