Adam Gidwitz's Blog: A Blog Dark and Grimm

May 22, 2013

You wanna see the cover of THE GRIMM CONCLUSION? Or read some spoilers about it?

Check it out:
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Published on May 22, 2013 11:07 • 345 views

October 16, 2012

An email arrived in my inbox recently. I was in the midst of planning a visit to a rural elementary school to share “A Tale Dark and Grimm,” my adaptation of Grimm’s fairy tales. The email arrested my planning:

“I am afraid I have bad news. My colleagues and I are afraid we will not have administrative support should a parent challenge your wonderful book… As you might guess, this is a very conservative community and while we have your book on our shelves and can stand by it 100%, we are fearful that asking some of our teachers to read it aloud will be met with resistance… I feel like I am not defending the First Amendment by declining to have you visit … but this is not the year to borrow trouble.”

Scared off by fairy tales? Indeed...

Read the rest of the essay on WSJ's Speakeasy blog, here:
In Defense of Fairy Tales
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Published on October 16, 2012 06:11 • 598 views • Tags: censorship, fairy-tales, grimm

October 4, 2012

School Library Journal, Starred Review
GIDWITZ , Adam. In a Glass Grimmly.
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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Published on October 04, 2012 13:23 • 157 views

September 23, 2012

I was thinking about all you kids and parents starting school again these days, and how insanely busy your life gets. This essay, which I wrote a little while ago, is for you guys.
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Published on September 23, 2012 08:09 • 132 views

September 6, 2012

Do you live near DC? Want nightmares? On Sept. 15th, at 10:30am, I will be telling the most upsetting fairy tale I know at the Alexandria Story Festival. That’s right, I am going to make you weep. If I can. And I’ll try. Come on down!
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Published on September 06, 2012 07:17 • 245 views • Tags: a-tale-dark-and-grimm, alexandria-story-festival, dc, grimm, in-a-glass-grimmly

September 5, 2012

Anyone in Brooklyn? Come to the Brooklyn Book Festival!

Sunday, September 23rd, I'll be at the Youth Stoop (Borough Hall Plaza/Columbus Park) at Noon.

The panel is called "A Blues for Middle School." With NYT bestselling authors Wendy Mass (Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life) and R.J. Palacios (Wonder), and debut author Sheela Chari (Vanished) and Paul Acampora (Rachel Spinelli Punched Me in the Face)...and ME! Come on down!
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Published on September 05, 2012 12:32 • 115 views

August 30, 2012

IT’S HERE, FOLKS. Today, has published a sneak preview of IN A GLASS GRIMMLY. The first chapter (and prologue) is now available. And free! Check it out here:

Remember, the whole book is available on September 27th, so pre-order it this second (on IndieBound or or Amazon)!

You are personally INVITED to the BOOK LAUNCH of IN A GLASS GRIMMLY! That’s right! YOU can come and hear me read from IN A GLASS GRIMMLY and get some of the very first signed copies in existence! Of course, you have to somehow get to Brooklyn, NY. But just tell your parents that if they really under-stand you, they’ll let you go. Oh, and they can come, too.

(If you can’t get to Brooklyn, I may well be coming to your town soon; an updated event schedule will be on next week!)

The details for the book launch and signing are:
Where— BookCourt, 163 Court Street, Brooklyn NY
When— 7pm, Thursday, September 27th
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Published on August 30, 2012 19:09 • 425 views • Tags: book-launch, grimm, preview, sneak

July 30, 2012

Guess what Kirkus said about IN A GLASS GRIMMLY?

"A creative romp through traditional and tradition-based story-scapes, compulsively readable and just as read-out-loudable."

And a star!

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Published on July 30, 2012 10:27 • 162 views • Tags: grimm, grimmly, kirkus, review, reviews

July 17, 2012

Okay, folks. I know I have not been very active on GoodReads. And by not very active, I mean that I have neither posted, reviewed, rated, or even signed on to the site for over a year. Not so good.

So let's try again!
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Published on July 17, 2012 06:45 • 171 views

A Blog Dark and Grimm

Adam Gidwitz
Adam Gidwitz, author of A TALE DARK AND GRIMM, very irregularly posts short essays and observations about children's literature, adult literature, and whatever else is on his mind.

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