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In A Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz
Published by Dutton Children’s Books
Pages: 312
Ages: 10 and up.
Buy It: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository | ISBN/ISBN-13: 0525425810 / 9780525425816
Publishers Summary:

More Grimm tales await in the harrowing, hilarious companion to a beloved new classic.

Take caution ahead–
Oversize plant life, eerie amphibious royalty, and fear-inducing creatures abound.

Lest you enter with dread.
Follow Jack and Jill as they enter startling new landscapes that may (or may not) be scary, bloody, terrifying, and altogether true.

Step lively, dear reader . . .
Happily ever after isn’t cutting it anymore.

In this companion novel to Adam Gidwitz’s widely acclaimed, award-winning debut, A Tale Dark & Grimm, Jack and Jill explore a new set of tales from the Brothers Grimm and others, including Jack and the Beanstalk and The Frog Prince.

Every so often a book comes along that is so good that you simply can’t write about it. Such is the case with In A Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz. Last August I had the opportunity to read the story of three characters so vivid and funny that I was left nearly speechless. In A Glass Grimmly is the follow-up to A Tale Dark & Grimm, which I hadn’t yet read at the time, but was still able to be completely lost in. Here is a story filled with adventure, terror, horrors, humor and everything a reader could dream of except perhaps dragons, but that’s just fine.

Jack and Jill are two very different children, from very different backgrounds but yet their shared desire to leave their circumstances lead them on a path that has them battling the whits of giants and goblins among other things. As their companion, a frog, serves as a humorous guide of sorts through their journey. The three characters work together to defeat the merciless narrator who continually puts them in harms way. What was funny about this particular aspect of the story was that the narrator would pop into the story at just the moment something safe and predictable would happen, but turn it on it’s head. For example, the frog would normally be kissed by the princess and turn into a prince, but instead the narrator had the princess pick the frog up by it’s leg and swing him around eventually throwing him away. It’s slightly sick and somewhat twisted, but I loved all of it.

Throughout In A Glass Grimmly each of the character’s friendship, loyalty, intelligence and bravery are put to the test. What is remarkable about the story is that not only do they thrive through their shared experiences, but they pull the reader along on the path with ease. Jack and Jill don’t always get along and they certainly don’t always see eye-to-eye with the frog, but in the end their friendship is stronger than ever. In A Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz is a story young readers will laugh hysterically through to the last page, but that will also find kinship in the bravery and loyalty that Jack, Jill and the frog display. There’s so much more I could say about this book and the series, but nothing more important than simply telling you to go out and read it, you won’t be disappointed.

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 10 and up. Gruesome adventure and a humorous take on classic fairytales will have young readers begging for more. A fantastic series and a brilliantly creative author!

Find In A Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz at the following spots:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository | Goodreads | ISBN/ISBN-13: 0525425810 / 9780525425816

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4 Responses to Book Review: In A Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz

  1. Sounds great. You had me at “gruesome adventure”.

  2. Kristen Evey says:

    Ohhh, yes! I’ve been wanting to read this series since it came out and just haven’t got around to it yet. I love that you say they are “slightly sick and somewhat twisted.” ;) I mean, I love ALL fairy tale retellings, even the cutesy ones. But I especially love the darker, gruesome, more Grimm-like ones. Great review!

  3. Pen and Ink says:

    Ooh, Thank you. In a Glass, Grimly is now on my must reads. Let me return the favor, please. I posted the first paragraph to Hero’s Guide to Saving the Kingdom at Pen and Ink (and 4 others) Hop on over.
    http://thepenandinkblog.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-five-best-first-paragraphs-ive-read.html

  4. PragmaticMom says:

    I really need to read his books!

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