In a Glass Grimmly (A Tale Dark & Grimm, #2)
More Grimm tales await in the harrowing, hilarious companion to a beloved new classicTake 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.

In a Glass Grimmly (A Tale Dark & Grimm, #2) Details

TitleIn a Glass Grimmly (A Tale Dark & Grimm, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 27th, 2012
PublisherDutton Children's Books
Rating
GenreFantasy, Fairy Tales, Childrens, Middle Grade, Fiction, Young Adult, Juvenile

In a Glass Grimmly (A Tale Dark & Grimm, #2) Review

  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    January 1, 1970
    Once again, Adam Gidwitz has knocked my socks off. I was skeptical to see what he could do with Jack and Jill, but he more than pleasantly surprised me. I will be very honest. There are a couple of parts of this book that are in no way kid friendly. I mean, I admit I probably read stuff like that when I was twelve, but I would caution a parent to be careful with this book. You might want to read it first and then let your child read it. Or read it together. I'd say that any reader under twelve s Once again, Adam Gidwitz has knocked my socks off. I was skeptical to see what he could do with Jack and Jill, but he more than pleasantly surprised me. I will be very honest. There are a couple of parts of this book that are in no way kid friendly. I mean, I admit I probably read stuff like that when I was twelve, but I would caution a parent to be careful with this book. You might want to read it first and then let your child read it. Or read it together. I'd say that any reader under twelve should be under parental supervision, most definitely.I loved the narration. I strongly recommend getting the audiobook narrated by Johnnie Heller. His narration is perfect and really adds to this book. I challenge you to read this without talking out loud or even shouting or moaning on some parts.This kids wormed their way into my heart and I felt deeply for them. And also Frog, the Frog. My heart was broken for what happened to these three friends. I cheered for them when they accomplished incredible obstacles. I held my breath when they found themselves in some very tight and scary parts. And I was very happy when things worked out for a happy ending. Gidwitz is a person who loves folklore and fairy tales, and it's more than evident. He also has a sometimes twisted, but always funny sense of humor. He seems to stay in touch with the child inside himself. And deep down, there is a very important lesson that spoke to me and no doubt will give young readers something to think about, something very prevalent in this day, with bullying at an all time high. That combination makes him an irresistible writer.This book has just about everything, even a large, fire-breathing salamander named Eddie. If you are curious, you'll just have to read the book. That's no hardship, although I will warn you, don't start eating when you read the part where Jack and Jill enter the Giant's Cave. You will regret it!A love letter to young and grown up fans of fairytales, "In a Glass Grimmly" is a worthy follow up to the fantastic book A Tale Dark & Grimm, and I danced a jig when I saw my library had finally gotten this audiobook. It was definitely worth waiting for.
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  • Harper Averitt
    January 1, 1970
    Before I talk about much I like the book I must say that if you don't like gruesome, scary, at some point (around 10 or younger or sensitive people) the book my get night mere worthy, but if you have no problem with that, then go ahead and read it... all of them because there great.Also, (I learned this the hard way) don't read the scary parts at night and if you get to a scary part and its 10:00 at night and then please just stop, but if you just can't put the book down, then when your done I r Before I talk about much I like the book I must say that if you don't like gruesome, scary, at some point (around 10 or younger or sensitive people) the book my get night mere worthy, but if you have no problem with that, then go ahead and read it... all of them because there great.Also, (I learned this the hard way) don't read the scary parts at night and if you get to a scary part and its 10:00 at night and then please just stop, but if you just can't put the book down, then when your done I recommend getting a book that will get your mind off of it, or get a book thats made for 2nd gradersI loved this book, but I do like the 1st and 3rd book a little better, because the 1st one makes more since in way (not that this does't) and the 3rd has a little more humor in the book. I also think the 1st and second one run a little more smoothly, but this one I think was great in its own way, but i cant say much otherwise i might spoil some things. Another plus is that you don't have to read the books in order (even though I did) nothing connected, so you should be good.
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  • Erin 신애린 Shin
    January 1, 1970
    This is a very bloody book. They all are. Hahaha
  • Cathy/The Crazy Bookworm
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely adore Fairytale re-tellings. Sometimes there is nothing better than curling up and visiting an old, favourite tale with a new spin.This book was wonderful in so many different ways. Firstly, it was hilarious! The author's little interruptions throughout the story was a perfect touch. I couldn't help but imagine a British story teller living in a cottage, reading these stories and bringing them to life. The authors ability to make these tales come alive in such a unique and edgy way I absolutely adore Fairytale re-tellings. Sometimes there is nothing better than curling up and visiting an old, favourite tale with a new spin.This book was wonderful in so many different ways. Firstly, it was hilarious! The author's little interruptions throughout the story was a perfect touch. I couldn't help but imagine a British story teller living in a cottage, reading these stories and bringing them to life. The authors ability to make these tales come alive in such a unique and edgy way was so charming. Secondly, the spin on old classics. I am familiar with the grimm versions and the children versions of most fairy tales. There is now a great new category; The Adam Gitwitz version. He took each story and each character and gave them a little umph. He packaged the novel with a beautiful writing style that flowed so perfectly.I haven't read A Tale Dark and Grimm yet, but it won't be long before I do. I adored the author's presentation and twist on these classic tales. In A Glass Grimmly is perfect for those nights when all you want to do is curl up and indulge in a book. You will get lost with these mystical creatures and characters. In a Glass Grimmly is definitely a novel you don't want to miss out on!
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  • Mike (the Paladin)
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second in a series of books that takes it's cue from the fact that the "original" versions of fairy tales were in fact pretty dark and bloody. They were cautionary tales meant to warn children away from "risky" or "naughty" behavior. They were meant to encourage hard work and diligence as well as listening to one's elders.Thus we get match girls dying in the snow, snow queens snatching youngsters away, "Big Bad Wolves" wolfing down girls in red hoods, witches that eat children and so This is the second in a series of books that takes it's cue from the fact that the "original" versions of fairy tales were in fact pretty dark and bloody. They were cautionary tales meant to warn children away from "risky" or "naughty" behavior. They were meant to encourage hard work and diligence as well as listening to one's elders.Thus we get match girls dying in the snow, snow queens snatching youngsters away, "Big Bad Wolves" wolfing down girls in red hoods, witches that eat children and so on. These stories gathered or written by Anderson or the Grimms (along with others) were indeed..."cautionary" Thus for more modern children they have been cleaned up...made more palatable.Adam Gidwitz takes this, builds on it and adds a touch of humor...slightly dark humor...but humor.***Buy th3e way, yes I like to use 3 dots (...) I think it often expresses more. Just added that in case it bothers you...or in case the English teacher from Up the Down Staircase is reading this.***Anyway, I liked this book but I liked this one not so much as the first. It's not that there was anything really wrong with it. It just didn't draw me. Maybe the blush was off the rose. It just wasn't new to me any more??? I don't know. Any way not a bad book, even enjoyable. Maybe try it yourself i see a lot of people like all these. Maybe I'll drop back later and pick up others.
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  • Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't really like this book as much as A Tale Dark and Grimm. I thought it went fast at some points, slow and descriptive at others. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who doesn't like gross stuff. If it was like a Tale Dark and Grimm I would recommend it, but it wasn't my favorite.
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  • Cleo
    January 1, 1970
    In a Glass Grimmly is the companion to A Tale Dark and Grimm. It just came out this fall, and I loved it just as much. It follows Jack and Jill, two royal cousins, along with a talking three-legged frog, as they travel and experience (you guessed it) ever more bloody things. Adam Gidwitz's sharp humor is again apparent in this second book. The funny thing is, though in both books, he's always warning you about the bloody parts, they're not actually that bloody or disgusting. I'm sure in real lif In a Glass Grimmly is the companion to A Tale Dark and Grimm. It just came out this fall, and I loved it just as much. It follows Jack and Jill, two royal cousins, along with a talking three-legged frog, as they travel and experience (you guessed it) ever more bloody things. Adam Gidwitz's sharp humor is again apparent in this second book. The funny thing is, though in both books, he's always warning you about the bloody parts, they're not actually that bloody or disgusting. I'm sure in real life, they would be, but in the novel (at least for me), you just don't feel that disgusted.In a Glass Grimmly was slightly better, I think, than A Tale Dark and Grimm. There are less witty asides from the narrator of the book, which are perhaps the funniest things to read. There are still plenty of them, though, and the book is structured much the same way, with each new chapter beginning, "once upon a time", but the story itself is better.My favorite part of the book may just have been when Jill outwits the giants by having an eating contest and pouring the porridge into a blanket. The ruse is discovered, but she has more tricks up her sleeve. I won't give it ac\way, but it was pretty funny. But then Jack gets mad that she saved them from the mess he got them into and falls down and breaks his head. Oops. I probably shouldn't have told you that. But don't worry. He recovers. Overall, this book is less bloody and has more "life lessons", like telling you to love yourself, just the way you are. Whenever they get in trouble, either Jack saves them, or Jill, or the frog, or they all work together to save each other.In a Glass Grimmly is written in the same vein as A Tale Dark and Grimm, and I would highly recommend it.wwww.novareviews.blogspot.com
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    I liked the author's earlier title A Tale Dark & Grimm very much, and I also enjoyed this one although just a tad less. Maybe that was because I recognized the book's message about self-empowerment almost from the opening pages. The reminders to rely on ourselves and to look no further than ourselves for our self-esteem are important ones for anyone, but they simply seemed too obvious to me. As in its companion title, the book is filled with magic, violence, and descriptive passages intended I liked the author's earlier title A Tale Dark & Grimm very much, and I also enjoyed this one although just a tad less. Maybe that was because I recognized the book's message about self-empowerment almost from the opening pages. The reminders to rely on ourselves and to look no further than ourselves for our self-esteem are important ones for anyone, but they simply seemed too obvious to me. As in its companion title, the book is filled with magic, violence, and descriptive passages intended to curl the hair of many readers. I like how the stories of the Frog, Jack, and Jill all come together, and the humor provided by the Frog, who complains and nags during much of their travels. Drawing from the Brothers Grimm, Mother Goose, Hans Christian Andersen, and adding his own stories, the author skillfully navigates the literary landscape of folktales and fairy tales to craft a tale that ends happily ever after. Although some reviewers have complained about the intrusive narrator, I enjoyed the intrusion since it mirrors what good oral storytellers do, providing hints that keep listeners--and in this case, readers--hanging on to their every word and building tension. If the title prompts readers to seek out the original stories on which this one has been built, so much the better.
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  • NaomiRuth
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the first book, A Tale Dark and Grim, so, so much. I was at BEA and saw the poster for this companion novel (which I did not know was coming out) and started squealing and jumping and pointing and my sister was pretending NOT to know me.Later we went back to the Penguin booth to pick up an ARC and I immediately began reading it.It is funny, it is thought-provoking, it's a story well-told. I love how Gidwitz wraps together so many stories into one cohesive whole. And I loved the talking f I loved the first book, A Tale Dark and Grim, so, so much. I was at BEA and saw the poster for this companion novel (which I did not know was coming out) and started squealing and jumping and pointing and my sister was pretending NOT to know me.Later we went back to the Penguin booth to pick up an ARC and I immediately began reading it.It is funny, it is thought-provoking, it's a story well-told. I love how Gidwitz wraps together so many stories into one cohesive whole. And I loved the talking frog. It was a magical read and I can't wait to make sure all of my friends read him. I definitely recommend picking it up when it comes out in September. And in the meantime, if you haven't read his first book what are you waiting for? Go read it now! :D
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  • Catherine
    January 1, 1970
    This second book in the series works as a standalone, too. Hansel & Gretel's story was finished in book 1, and now we've moved on the the story of cousins Jack & Jill. Tying in versions of the frog prince, the emperor's new clothes, Jack & the beanstalk, and quite a few others, Gidwitz strays from his original focus on the Grimm fairy tales into Hans Christian Andersen, Mother Goose, and various other fairy tales and legends. He takes even more creative liberties (than he did in A Ta This second book in the series works as a standalone, too. Hansel & Gretel's story was finished in book 1, and now we've moved on the the story of cousins Jack & Jill. Tying in versions of the frog prince, the emperor's new clothes, Jack & the beanstalk, and quite a few others, Gidwitz strays from his original focus on the Grimm fairy tales into Hans Christian Andersen, Mother Goose, and various other fairy tales and legends. He takes even more creative liberties (than he did in A Tale Dark & Grimm) in weaving these "awesome" stories into one cohesive storyline.My 9-year-old loved this whole series, but he has a fondness for scary stories and a high tolerance for gore. (My more sensitive 11-year-old has no interest.) In general this series is suitable for upper elementary or middle school readers.
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  • Dolly
    January 1, 1970
    We read A Tale Dark & Grimm almost two years ago and our oldest still refers to it as one of her favorites. So when we discovered that there was a sequel (or as it's described on the cover, a 'companion' book), we just had to read it.Instead of reading this book together, our oldest read it first and then I read it. We both read our favorite parts aloud and our youngest was intrigued, but not enough to read it on her own (at least not yet.) It's a quick, entertaining read.This book has much We read A Tale Dark & Grimm almost two years ago and our oldest still refers to it as one of her favorites. So when we discovered that there was a sequel (or as it's described on the cover, a 'companion' book), we just had to read it.Instead of reading this book together, our oldest read it first and then I read it. We both read our favorite parts aloud and our youngest was intrigued, but not enough to read it on her own (at least not yet.) It's a quick, entertaining read.This book has much of the charm of the first. It was a great book, filled with fantastic and action-filled stories that were gruesome, but exciting. I have read some about children's ability to detach the written story from reality and be relatively unaffected by gore (more so than with movies and other visual media.) And I believe it. I think the author's sporadic 'conversation' with the reader helps to break up the drama and adds some levity to the dark tale. Overall, these are fun books that are far more true to the original fairy tales than are the typical children's book fare. The gore and violence are there, but I love that the author emphasizes the fact that "buried in these rhymes and tales are true stories, of true children, who fought through the darkest of times, and came out the other end -- stronger, braver, and, usually, completely covered in blood." interesting quotes:"Perhaps you know that one of the greatest dangers in life is growing up very pretty." (p. 10)"I'd say that all mirrors are magic, or can be. They show you yourself, after all. Really seeing yourself, though -- that's the hard part." (p. 310)new words: imprecations, syncopation
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    Once upon a time, there were two cousins, and well a frog who has three-legs instead of four, because of well an unfortunate accident. You see these two cousins get themselves in a little predicament when they swear on their lives that they can retrieve a glass that has been lost for a very long time. It's a good thing that Frog comes along and they have some help from three ravens, otherwise things would be really grim. Their journey will take them through some famous fairy tales, nursery rhym Once upon a time, there were two cousins, and well a frog who has three-legs instead of four, because of well an unfortunate accident. You see these two cousins get themselves in a little predicament when they swear on their lives that they can retrieve a glass that has been lost for a very long time. It's a good thing that Frog comes along and they have some help from three ravens, otherwise things would be really grim. Their journey will take them through some famous fairy tales, nursery rhymes with some legends and poems weaved in as well. I loved the flow of the story with the plot moving along seamlessly. The overall messages weren't preachy but came in the form of words etched onto the Glass and in the three ravens message to Jack and Jill about being "con-fused." Another strength for me was the character development with Frog being one of my favorite. The narrator in the first story was more intrusive with all of his warnings about the gruesome things to come, and in this one was more subtle and well, absentminded at times and way more amusing when he forgot certain things that he wanted to warn about. The result, is a book that for me was remarkable, humorous and a 5/5 book. I also loved the authors notes at the end of the book telling the reader where the different stories came from in the book. Bonus it also introduced me to my new favorite word...the tunnel turned "precipitously." Plus the quote "I'd say that all mirrors are magic, or can be. They show you yourself, after all. Really seeing yourself, though -- that's the hard part." (p. 310)Just for the record, copy of the book provided by Penguin publishing and won at Charlotteslibrary.blogspot. A big thank you to both
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  • Teresa
    January 1, 1970
    A satisfying follow-up to A Tale Dark & Grimm, which has a dedicated fan club of young boys (and girls, too, but the boys are especially avid) in our town, since one of our middle school teachers read it to all of his classes. ATD&G had a lot of recovering-from-REALLY-horrible-parenting (cutting-off- heads-horrible--remember, these are the GRIMM fairy tales we're talking about). In a Glass... goes on to the next logical issue--when your parents have failed you, how do you go on and find A satisfying follow-up to A Tale Dark & Grimm, which has a dedicated fan club of young boys (and girls, too, but the boys are especially avid) in our town, since one of our middle school teachers read it to all of his classes. ATD&G had a lot of recovering-from-REALLY-horrible-parenting (cutting-off- heads-horrible--remember, these are the GRIMM fairy tales we're talking about). In a Glass... goes on to the next logical issue--when your parents have failed you, how do you go on and find out who you really are? How do your choices bring you closer to whomever you are meant to be? As in ATD&G, Gidwitz weaves probably-(hopefully!) familiar tales together with his own new bits, and helpfully explains the origins of the pieces in an afterword. Some are folktales, some are literary (e.g. Hans Christian Andersen). The mostly-helpful narrator is back, warning of the particularly scary or gross bits, of which there are many; it's usually beforehand, but occasionally after ("Jeez! My bad! Sorry!"). These stories and images get into your head and stay there, in a good way.Young fans will be ecstatic.
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  • Mary Kate
    January 1, 1970
    I have to say this book was good but I do not think Adam will ever be able to top A Tale Dark and Grimm. So we have all heard that boring old nursery rhyme about jack and Jill going up a hill right?WRONGAdam tells us what really happened and I bet you've never heard the story with deadly mermaids, stupid giants, a giant salamander, a three legged frog , and the rest of the crazy characters in this story. While the story may be exciting and a bit gory and gross it is really teaching us a lesson. I have to say this book was good but I do not think Adam will ever be able to top A Tale Dark and Grimm. So we have all heard that boring old nursery rhyme about jack and Jill going up a hill right?WRONGAdam tells us what really happened and I bet you've never heard the story with deadly mermaids, stupid giants, a giant salamander, a three legged frog , and the rest of the crazy characters in this story. While the story may be exciting and a bit gory and gross it is really teaching us a lesson. Think about what you want, you may not really want it maybe you just want to fit in really badly but is that really what you want? Will that really make you happy? Look at the important things in life and what will make you happy not just get you approved or what you THINK will make you happyBravo yet again for another great novel!If you like some cheesy gross or creepy stuff here and there this may be the book for you but don't pick it up thinking its all out blood and gore. You may even want to pick this up if your not into all that stuff maybe your kind of just looking for a funny twisted fairy tale.thats what I was looking for and boy did this book deliver. :)
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  • Shelby
    January 1, 1970
    4 Stars! I enjoyed this one better than the frist one. I thought this one was a little a bit better then the first one. I thought there was more adventure to it then the first one.
  • Zander Cook
    January 1, 1970
    THIS BOOK WAS TERRIBLE! IT WASN'T EVEN SCARY OR FUNNY! TOTALLY NOT WORTH READING EVER AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!
  • Kristina Lenarczyk
    January 1, 1970
    Closer to a 3.5! This was good, but not great. I definitely enjoyed the first part of this series much more, but like his easy storytelling. This one was much darker but also more juvenile, and that disappointed me a bit. There was a poor concept of time and other small details that would’ve made it stronger for me. I think I would have liked this better in audiobook, so I’ll likely wait until the third one is available to do so!
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  • Alyssa
    January 1, 1970
    I picked up A Tale Dark and Grimm one day, and decided to read it. Its cool cover, the ghostly silhouettes of a young girl and boy, shadowy, twisted trees, a dragon, and, of course, the little girl’s bloody sword… well, I liked the cover, and so I decided to read it. (I know, never judge a book by it’s cover, but, oh well.) Anyway, I enjoyed A Tale Dark and Grimm a lot. I felt for the two main characters, and I loved the idea of taking the original, rather bloody and gory fairy tales, and combin I picked up A Tale Dark and Grimm one day, and decided to read it. Its cool cover, the ghostly silhouettes of a young girl and boy, shadowy, twisted trees, a dragon, and, of course, the little girl’s bloody sword… well, I liked the cover, and so I decided to read it. (I know, never judge a book by it’s cover, but, oh well.) Anyway, I enjoyed A Tale Dark and Grimm a lot. I felt for the two main characters, and I loved the idea of taking the original, rather bloody and gory fairy tales, and combining them, throwing poor little children in the middle of it all. So I was really happy when I found that there was a sequel.In a Glass Grimmly follows the tale of a young princess named Jill, and her cousin, Jack. oh, and also, their lovable sidekick, a talking three legged frog. Together, the children embark on a dangerous quest to find the Seeing Glass, a treasure that has been missing for thousands of years. Along the way, they encounter clever, backstabbing goblins, murderous giants, creepy old ladies, and giant, fire-breathing salamanders with unpronounceable names. There’s even a mermaid or two. While facing these dangers, our two heroes must ask themselves: who am I? And what do I want?I loved the dark humor in this book. While things get really dark and serious, our narrator, Adam Gidwitz, manages to lighten things up by warning us whenever something bloody comes up. This was funny and entertaining, and it definitely worked. Overall, I really liked this book, but unfortunately I didn’t like it as much as A Tale Dark and Grimm. I’m not sure why. The adventures weren’t as exciting? The characters weren’t as clever? Maybe the idea wasn’t as unique to me anymore. don’t really know. I would recommend this book to any fantasy lovers over eight as there is quite a bit of blood and gore.
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  • Seanna
    January 1, 1970
    I read this book in 1 day because this book was really interesting and i really likes it.
  • B.A. Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed the second book as much as the first one. This is a good batch of retellings, with lots of humor and intrigue. Pages: 192
  • Thomas K
    January 1, 1970
    In a Glass of Grimmly is a book about a boy and girl named Jack and Jill. Jill runs away from her mother's kingdom from embarrassment incident. Jill doesn't know where else to go to except her cousin Jack's house. Jack also wants to run away because his father beats him and curses at him. Jack and Jill start out on their journey. First, they meet an old man who gives them magic beans. Next, they meet an elderly women who tells them to find a legendary glass that will give them extraordinary powe In a Glass of Grimmly is a book about a boy and girl named Jack and Jill. Jill runs away from her mother's kingdom from embarrassment incident. Jill doesn't know where else to go to except her cousin Jack's house. Jack also wants to run away because his father beats him and curses at him. Jack and Jill start out on their journey. First, they meet an old man who gives them magic beans. Next, they meet an elderly women who tells them to find a legendary glass that will give them extraordinary powers. As Jack and Jill get closer to finding the glass they discover terrifying secrets. You maybe thinking that this is a usual fairytale with pretty little princess and happy endsings, but you're wrong. This is where princesses throw frogs; mermaids kill children, and a lot of deaths. So get ready for an action packed, skin crawling book. What I liked about this book was the characters. They were well thought out and had a lot of personalitys. Most of the time I felt a bit disgusted from the characters action. I would recommend this book to people who like odd stories and fairytales. I would not recommend this to people with weak stomachs. I would compare this book to the book The Hunger Games which is also full of suspense and violence.
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  • Eustacia Tan
    January 1, 1970
    Some time in the beginning of this year, I read (and really enjoyed), A Tale Dark and Grimm . So, I searched and found the second book - Through A Glass Grimmly. And it is as good as the first.Just a note for everyone: if you were expecting a sequel (like me), well, expect to be disappointed. True, the characters are named Jack and Jill again, and they're royal, but apart from that, the storyline is completely different.Again, the narrator takes us through various fairytales. And I'm super happy Some time in the beginning of this year, I read (and really enjoyed), A Tale Dark and Grimm . So, I searched and found the second book - Through A Glass Grimmly. And it is as good as the first.Just a note for everyone: if you were expecting a sequel (like me), well, expect to be disappointed. True, the characters are named Jack and Jill again, and they're royal, but apart from that, the storyline is completely different.Again, the narrator takes us through various fairytales. And I'm super happy to note that Christina Rosetti's (check spelling) Goblin Market (link leads to download page at Project Guternberg), which was an awesome poem. Yes, it's a poem (but it's accessible and awesome).To me, Jack and Jill undergo a lot more growth in this book compared to A Tale Dark and Grimm. In the previous book, Jack and Jill leave because they think they're parents don't love them (I...shalln't give you the spoilers), and so embark on their adventures. But in this book, true, Jack and Jill have issues with their parents (and Jack has issues with about every boy in the villange), but what prompts their adventures would be a quest. And I think because of the quest, there was much more character developement.There is also one more main character - the talking frog, who serves as the ignored voice of reason. He's an awesome and likable frog though, and in the end, he's the one that enables Jack and Jill to complete their quest successfully.Finally, the narrator. The narrator makes it very obvious that this isn't a saccharine sweet fairy-tale retelling. But, he also makes it obvious that this book is for kids. So it's not one of those "adult fairy-tale retellings" that seem to be the pre-requisite to turn anything dark, this book recognises that kids can handle dark and scary tales and gives it to them in spades.I cannot reccomend this book enough. It's awesome(:This review was first published at Inside the mind of a Bibliophile
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  • Jess
    January 1, 1970
    Dark and witty, just the way I like my authors. As a child, I ravenously consumed two volumes that I found on the family bookshelves: Andersen's Fairy Tales and Grimm's Fairy Tales. These were the original, gritty versions of the stories, not sanitized or princessified. Thus started my love of folk stories, in both their original forms and modern re-written (but not dumbed-down) forms. Gidwitz is clearly a kindred spirit. He has a wicked, sarcastic sense of humor that delights even as the charac Dark and witty, just the way I like my authors. As a child, I ravenously consumed two volumes that I found on the family bookshelves: Andersen's Fairy Tales and Grimm's Fairy Tales. These were the original, gritty versions of the stories, not sanitized or princessified. Thus started my love of folk stories, in both their original forms and modern re-written (but not dumbed-down) forms. Gidwitz is clearly a kindred spirit. He has a wicked, sarcastic sense of humor that delights even as the characters in his books meet hideous ends. While he writes for the juvenile fiction crowd, adults with twisted senses of humor and a love of authentic fairy tales will also enjoy his stories and appreciate the way he uses their common themes to bring them together into one story. In this, the second book, he pulls Andersen's tales into the mix. Highly recommended for kids and adults with wry senses of humor and some experience with the original tales. (While familiarity with the tales isn't necessary, it certainly makes the reading more fun.) My son read the first book at age 8 and continues to enjoy this series at almost-11.
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  • Kat Heckenbach
    January 1, 1970
    I have to say, this book did not wow me the way the first in the series (A Tale Dark and Grimm) did. It didn't seem to have nearly the level of dark nor the...personality. I know there were a lot of reviews out there for the first one that complained about the dark and gore, and the narrator intrusion, but those were the things that really appealed to me. They set the book apart. Anyway, this time I did enjoy the story, but I didn't have that "couldn't put it down" feeling I had with the first b I have to say, this book did not wow me the way the first in the series (A Tale Dark and Grimm) did. It didn't seem to have nearly the level of dark nor the...personality. I know there were a lot of reviews out there for the first one that complained about the dark and gore, and the narrator intrusion, but those were the things that really appealed to me. They set the book apart. Anyway, this time I did enjoy the story, but I didn't have that "couldn't put it down" feeling I had with the first book. I'll probably read the third one, just to round out the series, but I'll check it out from the library rather than buying it this time. My WebsiteFind me on FacebookMy YA fantasy series:book 1 book 2
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. I didn't listen to the audio version of this one, but I still heard the voice of the audio version of A Tale Dark and Grimm in my head. This one still has the humorous narrator popping in to warn the reader of the upcoming violence and mayhem. I laughed aloud just like I did while listening to the first one. However, I think this one might have gone a bit overboard with the gross factor. My students (especially boys) liked it just as much, though, and they are the ultimate judges of c 3.5 stars. I didn't listen to the audio version of this one, but I still heard the voice of the audio version of A Tale Dark and Grimm in my head. This one still has the humorous narrator popping in to warn the reader of the upcoming violence and mayhem. I laughed aloud just like I did while listening to the first one. However, I think this one might have gone a bit overboard with the gross factor. My students (especially boys) liked it just as much, though, and they are the ultimate judges of children's literature. This one features Jack and Jill and alludes to well known tales such as "The Emperor's New Clothes," "Snow White," and Mother Goose rhymes. But there are more obscure references, too, which Gidwitz explains at the end. I loved that he even used a Car Talk story as a source. The title and story structure reflects a scripture verse! So if you want to teach your students to pay attention to allusions and have fun with fractured tales, Gidwitz's books are for you (and all the boys in your class)!
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  • Talabrsn
    January 1, 1970
    After making a deal with a old lady, Jack and Jill set off on a journey that makes them go to many different places. They go to the clouds where they meet a group of giants that must be out smarted with upchuck. From there they journey to the sea only to find a very pretty cruel mermaid and then on to the goblin market where truth is not appreciated and also life. Lastly they find themselves underground where they befriend an very big salamander who smells absolutely terrible and that is on the After making a deal with a old lady, Jack and Jill set off on a journey that makes them go to many different places. They go to the clouds where they meet a group of giants that must be out smarted with upchuck. From there they journey to the sea only to find a very pretty cruel mermaid and then on to the goblin market where truth is not appreciated and also life. Lastly they find themselves underground where they befriend an very big salamander who smells absolutely terrible and that is on the outside before they go in his stomach to get back a lost treasure. The first book is about Hansel and Gretel through multiple Grimm fairytales this book is about cousins Jack and Jill through more story's of Grimm and Anderson tales and Mother goose story's I think that this book was not as good as its first one but is still very thrill-seeking. One of the reasons this is one of my favorite books of all time is because of the fantasy and thrilling book. I recommend this book to people that like fantasy and thrillers.
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  • Miss Clark
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars so I rounded up here.When you do what you want, not what you wish...When you no longer seek your reflection in others' eyes...When you see yourself face to face...Then you will have found what you truly seek.Another great read from Adam Gidwitz, combining various sources such as the Brothers Grimm, Mother Goose, Hans Christian Andersen, Christina Rossetti, Joseph Jacobs and other folklore, as well as more original content from Gidwitz than in his debut, as he weaves it all together.I w 3.5 stars so I rounded up here.When you do what you want, not what you wish...When you no longer seek your reflection in others' eyes...When you see yourself face to face...Then you will have found what you truly seek.Another great read from Adam Gidwitz, combining various sources such as the Brothers Grimm, Mother Goose, Hans Christian Andersen, Christina Rossetti, Joseph Jacobs and other folklore, as well as more original content from Gidwitz than in his debut, as he weaves it all together.I will admit that I do not always necessarily connect with Jack and Jill as characters, as they more present Archetypes. However, I do like the tone of the book and the humor and homage to the tradition of fairytales.We see now as in a glass, dimly, but then we shall see face to face ~ Corinthians 13:12Recommended and I look forward to his next book:)
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  • Meredith
    January 1, 1970
    I met Adam Gidwitz. Yes, I'm bragging, yes, he was great. Super cute (which never hurts), very funny, and an engaging speaker who was both entertaining for adults and perfect for kids. I think that Adam Gidwitz must be the perfect mix of grownup and child. I'm not explaining it well, but when you read his books, you know what I mean. His books are wonderful stories about childhood, with enough gore and horror to satisfy even the most bloody-minded of us, and enough truth to make me cry. When he I met Adam Gidwitz. Yes, I'm bragging, yes, he was great. Super cute (which never hurts), very funny, and an engaging speaker who was both entertaining for adults and perfect for kids. I think that Adam Gidwitz must be the perfect mix of grownup and child. I'm not explaining it well, but when you read his books, you know what I mean. His books are wonderful stories about childhood, with enough gore and horror to satisfy even the most bloody-minded of us, and enough truth to make me cry. When he signed my copy of this book after a nice chat about how his first book made me cry, he wrote that he hoped this book made me cry too. He succeeded. I laughed, I cried, I was grossed out, I was nervous, I loved the whole thing. I'm so glad that Adam Gidwitz started writing books.
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  • Yapha
    January 1, 1970
    If you loved a Tale Dark and Grimm, then you must read this companion book. Not a sequel, it explores a different set of fairy tales through different characters, this time Jack and Jill. And while there is a hill and a broken crown, there is much, much more. The complex layers of this story are as rich as the original works that they are based on. It is a must read.
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  • Monica Edinger
    January 1, 1970
    Fairytales, traditional and literary as only Adam Gidwitz can tell them, are awesome. Same sort of structure as A TALE DARK AND GRIMM, but different central characters and different tales, more that are original, I believe. Plenty of gore and vomit... you are warned (by me and the narrator).
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