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In a Glass Grimmly Hardcover – September 27, 2012

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Book 2 of 3 in the A Tale Dark & Grimm Series

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Gr 3 Up-Gidwitz is back with a second book that, if possible, outshines A Tale Dark & Grimm (Dutton, 2010). Once upon a time, in a faraway kingdom, cousins Jack and Jill have had a particularly tough day. Jack has a mean-boy problem: he's bullied and tortured by a clique whom he hero-worships. Jill has a mirror-obsessed, pettily cruel mother who lets her daughter walk naked, unaware, in front of the entire kingdom. But our woe-ridden hero and heroine are in for far worse: a skyscraping beanstalk, a fratlike group of giants, a deadly mermaid, and an oversize fire-breathing salamander show up before these brave, loving, and realistically flawed children get their happily ever after. This book, like the first, features a bold-font "storyteller" who introduces, explains, and comments on the story as it unfolds-usually with alacrity as he promises gore in the pages ahead, but with a fair dose of true insight into the characters and what makes them, like us, human. However, the chapters derive only loosely from fairy tales; they are mostly Gidwitz's inventions, which allows the character and story arcs to congeal into a satisfying whole. Most delightfully, that snarky, insightful narrator reminds us that stories were once verbal, communal experiences. This book begs to be read aloud, preferably to children who delight equally in hearing about pools of vomit and blood and about triumphant heroes.-Allison Bruce, The Children's Storefront, New York Cityα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Accolades for A Tale Dark & Grimm:
New York Times bestseller
• Selection on the Today Show’s Al’s Book Club for Kids
• NCTE Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts Selection
• An E. B. White Read Aloud Honor Book
New York Times Editors’ Choice pick
Publishers Weekly Flying Start
School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
• ALA Notable Book
“Unlike any children’s book I’ve ever read . . . [it] holds up to multiple re-readings, like the classic I think it will turn out to be.”—New York Times Book Review
“A marvelous reworking of old stories that manages to be fresh, frightening, funny, and humane.”—Wall Street Journal

Accolades for In a Glass Grimmly:
New York Times bestseller
• A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2012
• A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2012
• A School Librry Journal Best Book of 2012
 “Gidwitz is back with a second book that, if possible, outshines A Tale Dark & Grimm.”—School Library Journal, starred review
 “Compulsively readable.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Gory, hilarious, touching, and lyrical all at once, with tons of kid appeal.”—The Horn Book
“Adam Gidwitz leads us into creepy forests, gruesome deeds, terrible monsters, and—far worse—the dark places of the human heart. It’s horrible . . . and I LOVED it!”—Tom Angleberger, author of The Strange Case of Origami 

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 630L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (September 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780525425816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525425816
  • ASIN: 0525425810
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adam Gidwitz grew up in Baltimore. Now he lives in Brooklyn and teaches kids large and slightly less large at Saint Ann's School. Adam only writes about what he's experienced personally. So, while all of the strange, hilarious, and frightening things in A TALE DARK AND GRIMM really did happen to Hansel and Gretel, they also happened to Adam. Of course, if you've ever had a childhood, they've probably happened to you, too.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books on November 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I always enjoy when an author cleverly manages to retell some of my favorite childhood fairytales. In a Glass Grimmly offers a story where the fairytales are not only retold - they are creatively reinvented in a fresh, slightly creepy and definitely fun manner by Adam Gidwitz. Though definitely directed towards a younger audience, I firmly believe that this book can be just as entertaining for the older crowd, especially those of you who are like me and love fairytales.

This book is extremely hilarious to me, mostly because of Adam's writing style. Adam writes with a sense of humor that's both intelligent and relatable. I love how he would often step back from the actual events of the story to give a running commentary or a warning or even just his two cents - sometimes, those were the best parts on the page! Honestly, while reading In a Glass Grimmly, I was smiling or laughing at least 70% of the time.

And I love that he chose Jack and Jill to be his main characters. Because Jack and Jill are merely characters in an nursery rhyme that lasts for only a few lines, we only really get to hear about one incident in their lives (when they fall down the hill). I love how Adam's ingenuity shown as he chose them to headline this story. It was an interesting choice, and I'd personally consider it the correct one - since we don't know much about these two, there's so much left open to interpretation and imagination and Adam definitely makes use of that space. He believably weaves them into stories based on other fairytales and allows them to meet and interact with other fairytale folk.

There's so much fun to be had in this book, because Jack and Jill go an incredible adventure - they meet giants and mermaids and goblins and more!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Daddy Gearhead on October 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My (now) 10-year-old loved A Tale Dark and Grimm, so when he learned about the new book, he bought it the moment it became available (through a book fair, two weeks before the official release date). He and I have been reading it at his bedtime, and I think I am enjoying it as much as he is.

Gidwitz not only has a talent for storytelling (and if you have any opportunity to hear him do so in person, you should move heaven and earth to do so)--he is a beautiful writer. Using mostly simple words (with more unusual ones like "espied" and "obsidian" sprinkled in judiciously) he tells a well-paced tale that really begs to be read aloud. There are a lot of childrens' authors whose books you read and you think the particular words they use hardly matter--when you're scrambling to get to the end of a chapter as bedtime approaches, you can skip lots of text so long as you get the gist of the action across. But the phrasing in Gidwitz's books has a marvelous cadence that makes you want to slow down and savor the words actually used. The story is also quite funny from time to time.

This book is good enough that I plan to go back and read the segments I missed when my son was reading to himself; who knows--I may find myself reading A Tale Dark and Grimm soon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 10, 2015
Format: Paperback
My grandson is such a fan of Adam Gidwitz's writing and loves his books. He is nine, and he read the first book with glee. In fact,he is a voracious reader, and his parents have difficulty keeping him in books. They visit the library very often, and as soon as he decides what he would like to read, they put the list on Amazon and I send a book.

In this book, the protagonists are Jack and Jill, and children will learn that sometimes you must go through difficult experiences. They take a journey through different fairytales. They are on a Quest to find a Looking Glass. Jack falls down and breaks his crown, and Jill tumbles after with a frog named Frog. Jack and Jill have tough times, and they search for different things. Jack wants to be respected and adored, Jill wants to be beautiful like her mother. they visit the clouds where they meet a frightening group of giants, off to the sea where they meet a cruel mermaid, to the goblin market, and on and on. This book encompasses the Brothers Grimm with other fairy tales and nursery rhymes. Lessons to be learned are aplenty.

There is a snarky narrator who interrupts with his own take, often humorous, and children will love this interruption. Well written, with humor and children and adults will delight in this book.

Recommended. prisrob 03-10-15
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kate Coombs VINE VOICE on January 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Last year Gidwitz's book A Tale Dark & Grimm made quite a splash--and the splash was the sound of an ax falling into a pool of blood. His second book is just as good, as long as you like your fairy tales with that traditional ingredient, horror. This book has more humor than the first one, mostly because of a frog who acts as part comic relief and part conscience (or at least the voice of common sense), a la Jiminy Cricket. We meet a boy named Jack who tries too hard to please the village boys, and then his cousin, a princess named Jill who tries too hard to please her cold-hearted mother. Also the aforementioned frog. Then a scary old woman promises the two kids their hearts' desires in return for fetching her a magic mirror. This is all after an episode straight out of "The Emperor's New Clothes." And so it goes, with giants, mermaids, goblins, an enormous salamander, and the terrible Others making an appearance.

I don't know if I just got used to it with the first book, but the intrusive narrator didn't bother me this time around. I did find In a Glass Grimmly a little more messagey. However, this one is a more cheerful read, and I liked following Jack and Jill around the grisly realm of fairy tales. (Never fear--they do fall down a hill at one point.) And even with all of the blood and guts Gidwitz throws in, young readers will know the whole time that these two kids are going to make it.

First line: "Once upon a time, fairy tales were horrible."
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