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In A Glass Grimmly
Contributor(s): Gidwitz, Adam
ISBN: 0525425810     ISBN-13: 9780525425816
Publisher: Dutton Childrens Books
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Product Type: Hardcover - Other Formats
Published: September 2012
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Annotation: Companion to: A tale dark & Grimm and The Grimm conclusion.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Fairy tales.
Characters in literature; Fiction.
Frogs; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore | Adaptations
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2012015515
Lexile Measure: 630
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 6.00" W x 1.25" (0.95 lbs) 314 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 154815
Reading Level: 4.4   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 8.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q59352
Reading Level: 3.5   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 14.0
 
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Contributor Bio(s): Adam Gidwitz taught in Brooklyn for eight years. Now, he writes full time—which means he writes a couple of hours a day, and lies on his couch staring at the ceiling the rest of the time. As is the case with all of his books, everything in them not only happened in the real fairy tales…it all also happened to him. Really. Learn more at www.adamgidwitz.com, on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter: @AdamGidwitz 
 

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring)
In this A Tale Dark & Grimm companion, Princess Jill joins up with cousin Jack and a frog; they set off on a life-or-death quest to find the "seeing glass," encountering goblins, mermaids, and a monster. A closing note explains sources (Grimm, Andersen, Mother Goose, Christina Rossetti, and the New Testament). This book is gory, hilarious, touching, and lyrical all at once.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2012 #6)
This companion volume to A Tale Dark & Grimm (rev. 1/11) features more macabre and humorous "once upon a time" takeoffs. Princess Jill is the daughter of a very beautiful but selfish queen; her cousin Jack lives in the village and longs to play with the other boys, who just laugh at him. After Jill has a humiliating experience involving a dress made of cloth that no one will admit they can't see, she joins up with Jack and a frog and they set off on a life-or-death quest to find the "seeing glass." Along the way they encounter goblins, mermaids, and a terrible monster named Eidechse von Feuer, der Menschenfleischfressende, each time outwitting what appears to be certain death; in a spectacularly bloody and funny scene, they also face giants in the sky (as the narrator warns, "What follows is the most disgusting thing I have ever heard"). Gidwitz masterfully threads his lore and his characters together, coming at last to a satisfying conclusion. A closing note explains his source material, drawn from Grimm, Andersen, Mother Goose, and even Christina Rossetti and the New Testament. The book somehow manages to be gory, hilarious, touching, and lyrical all at once, with tons of kid appeal. susan dove lempke Copyright 2012 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2012 August #1)

The grossness quotient has gone up in Gidwitz's companion to A Tale Dark and Grimm, his grisly reimagining of classic fairy tales. Translation: this second foray is even more enjoyable than the author's acclaimed debut. The protagonists in this installment are Jack, Jill, and a talking frog, whose adventures begin separately in reworkings of "The Frog Prince" and "The Emperor's New Clothes," before the three join forces in "Jack and the Bean-stalk." Parental cruelties are more ordinary this time—mockery, neglect, and recrimination—but what the children find in their quest for the Seeing Glass is horrifying enough to compensate for any perceived softness at the outset. When Jill rescues Jack atop the beanstalk by accepting the giants' eating challenge, even the Monty Python gang might cringe at the results—it's the phrase "no guts, no glory" brought to Technicolor life. Gidwitz can do nuance, too, as Jill's perilous encounter with a sympathetic mermaid demonstrates. Technically polished, and with more original content, this romp has lost none of the edge of its predecessor. Ages 10–up. Agent: Sarah Burnes, the Gernert Company. (Sept.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 October)

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 City

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