I have a book review in today’s NYT. I wanted to dislike Philip Pullman’s Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm b/c I found the first couple of paragraphs of the foreword pretentious (it opens with a long quotation from James Merrill’s epic poem “The Changing Light at Sandover,” causing me to write “oh god” in the margin), and because I was irked at The Golden Compass for taking 80 pages to get good. I could not remain mad, though, because this is pretty much the perfect translation, so literate and thoughtful and funny. Still wish it were illustrated ($30 for a non-illustrated book?? GOOD FREAKING GOD, how can book publishing NOT be in trouble?) — but if you put it together with Taschen’s gorgeously published 2011 electric-purple-covered Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (of! not from!), with its breathtaking illustrations from the 1850s to today — hipster and stately, formal to cartoony, including some from Kay Nielsen, Wanda Gág, Arthur Rackham, and 19th century German illustrators Otto Speckter and Viktor Paul Mohn — you’d have the perfect Grimm.