In a Glass Grimmly (A Tale Dark and Grimm, #2) By Adam Gidwitz


    Adam Gidwitz Õ 2 Summary

    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. 352 This book was very interesting. It is a weird spin off of Jack and the bean stock and a special one at that. It takes turns in ways you would never expect within a book, but it's funny and entertaining. 352 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. 352 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. 352 This book was amazing. It is jam-packed with adventure. This story is of a princess and her cousin that go on an adventure filled with goblins, giants, monsters that eat human flesh that live underground, talking frogs and crows, and child eating canniables that make Jack and Jill guess who they are and if the seeing glass they are looking for is really there. This horribly gross book is one that everyone should pick up at one point. It can be read alone and is so fun to read. I recommend this to anyone that loves a book that they can't put down and a person that has a strong stomach. This book was disgustingly awesome. 352

    Take caution ahead!

    If you dare, join Jack and Jill as they embark on a harrowing quest through a new set of tales from the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, and others. Follow along as they enter startling new landscapes that may (or may not) be scary, bloody, terrifying, and altogether true in this hair-raising companion to Adam Gidwitz’s widely acclaimed, award-winning debut, A Tale Dark & Grimm.
    An Oprah Kids’ Reading List Pick
    A New York Times bestseller
    A Publishers Weekly Best New Book of the Week Pick
    For more twisted tales look for A Tale Dark & Grimm In a Glass Grimmly (A Tale Dark and Grimm, #2)

    This was a very entertaining book and my class read this as a read aloud. I'm not a big fan of fiction novels but this book wasn't half bad. It was filled with tales of Jack and Jill exploring new lands such as The giants land, Goblins, Mermaids, and beneath the earth with their new friend (Eddie). Jack and Jill aren't happy with the way that their lives are going, then they encounter a witch. She claims that if they find this special mirror that their greatest wish will be granted. They go on their quest and soon learn what they needed all along was inside them the whole time. 352 Gidwitz takes old familiar tales, tosses them into a blender, and serves 'em up with a side of frog legs. 352 My son and I loved this second Grimmly book from Gidwitz as much as the first one. Highly, highly recommended!! 352 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. 352 Q:
    ‘To find what ye seek, look no further.’” (c)

    While kids attacking adults with knives over some wretched mermaid's signing is a bit too disconcerting in a kids' fairy tale, some of this stuff is actually fun.

    At least the shrinks won't get too bored.

    And every day, the frog wooed her with the most magnificent croaks he could muster. But she never noticed him. Still, he took pleasure in watching her, examining her utterly perfect beauty, and imagining all the happy times they might one day spend together. (c)
    I fear that our poor frog has fallen in love with a pretty little monster. (c)
    The people of the village still shouted at them, and children would see them playing and tease them, even throw stones at them.
    But the strangest thing was happening. Jack and Jill began not to care. They would run deeper into the woods, pretending they had been chased by giant, man-eating unicorns, or something equally ridiculous. Later, they would climb trees and leap from their branches. They would run headlong into a swollen, muddy stream and make balls of mud and hurl them at one another, and the frog would scream and they would keel over laughing. And then at night, they would lie under the stars, and the night was not as cold as it had once been, and Jack would think, I had fun today. And Jill would think, I was happy with what I did.
    It was a strange sensation. (c)
    There is this weird thing that happens, when you stop worrying so much about what other people think of you. When you are no longer—to use the ravens’ word—con-fused.
    At that moment, you suddenly start seeing what you think of you.
    For the first time in their short lives, Jack and Jill felt free enough to see what they thought of themselves. And they were shocked to discover something very surprising indeed.
    They were shocked to discover that they actually liked themselves.
    They were funny and silly and imaginative, and very, very loving.
    They’d never realized it before. But actually, they liked themselves quite a lot. (c)
    Overhead, the darkness was still littered with stars. But in the east, there were signs of dawn. (c)
    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. (c)
    The three ravens sat in silence for a while, watching Jack and Jill—who were stronger than giants, more beautiful than mermaids, cleverer than goblins, and fast-friends with a giant, fire-breathing salamander. (c) 352