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

Take 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 . . .
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Kindle Edition, 192 pages
Published September 27th 2012 by Dutton Children's Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Cathy/The Crazy Bookworm
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...more
Barbara
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...more
Teresa
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...more
Cleo
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...more
Mary Kate
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?

WRONG

Adam 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....more
Dolly
Dec 11, 2012 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: older children and parents reading with them
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...more
NaomiRuth
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...more
Holly
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...more
Eustacia Tan
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...more
Brenda
Jan 16, 2013 Brenda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who enjoy Fairytale Retelling
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...more
Talabrsn
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...more
Jess
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...more
Meredith
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...more
Tanja Berg
Rating 4* out of 5. I don't know why I've had this on my kindle for almost a year without reading it - it's a true gem and I loved the first book, "A Tale Dark and Grimm". One of the things I particularly enjoyed is the voice of the author commenting certain events or actions. Normally I cringe at such a thing, but here it fits. This is, after all, a fairy tale and commentary is occasionally warranted.

It's a short book, I read it in one evening and there was no question of going to sleep before...more
Yapha
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.
Monica Edinger
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).
Kat Heckenbach
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...more
Irina
A little backstory - I originally picked up the first book in this series, "A Tale Dark & Grimm", from the library to read with my 7 year old nephew. I thought he would get a kick out of reading familiar tales with a twist. However, the first book, like the second, had this "cautionary" prologue that warns too sensitive readers to back away. Something about if you don't like blood and decapitation, this isn't the book for you. Well, we never made it past the prologue because big, fat tears s...more
Anton
Exciting, comedic and gruesome for middle grade, In a Glass Grimmly and the A Tale Dark and Grimm series have an awesome place in my heart. These novels are great! This was just as good as the first one, but I rated the first 5 stars. Probably just because I was younger and the goriness surprised me more. Also this one was sadly not as gory. Although it did not take away from the story and the characters.

I had always been a fan, when I was ittybitty of the tale: Jack and the Beanstalk so this f...more
The Styling Librarian
In a Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz – Fantasy, 4th grade (those who can handle scary situations) and up. I have had this book sitting around in my library this year, beckoning. Finally, took the jump into the adventure with a mixture of dark humor and wit that I thoroughly enjoyed throughout the book. It is always appreciated when I’m startled by an unpredictable moment in a book and boy, does Adam Gidwitz mix them throughout this fantastic book. I totally enjoyed the first book A Tale Dark and G...more
Brenda
a companion to A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

Where the first book follows Hansel and Gretel through various Grimm fairytales this book follows cousins Jack and Jill through a wider variety of Grimm and Anderson tales and Mother Goose. Jack and Jill are not happy in their respective homes. Jack longs to be admired and Jill longs for beauty and both are bent on making decisions that will allow them to reach their goals. Off to a rough start, they find themselves working together with the he...more
Sharon Tyler
In a Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz, Read by Johnny Heller, is a companion book to A Tale Dark & Grimm. In this book, a talking frog joins cousins Jack and Jill in leaving their own stories to seek a magic mirror, encountering such creatures as giants, mermaids, and goblins along the way. Based in part on fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen. Like in A Tale Dark & Grimm, there is horror, blood, and some scary moments along with dark humor to make for an entertai...more
Pamela
I distinctly remember being a bit underwhelmed by the first in Gidwitz's series of twisted retellings, A Tale Dark and Grimm, mostly because I had just finished Polly Shulman's amazing The Grimm Legacy. The two books are very different from one another, and it's really not fair to compare them, but I did, at the time (alas!), and I don't think I really appreciated Gidwitz's book at the time. I'll have to reread it.

It was with a bit of hesitancy, then, that I checked out In a Glass Grimmly. Oh, a...more
Miss Clark
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Kevin
I had mixed feelings about A Tale Dark and Grimm (enjoyed the stories, the running commentary less so) but was nevertheless excited when the publisher sent me this companion volume. After having read it, I had a similar reaction.

The bulk of the stories - fairy and folk tale inspired - are quite good. I particularly like the chapter on the mermaid. But I have to say, I again quickly grew tired of the author commentary. And the whole be who you are and don't try to please others message was put on...more
Robin
In the second volume of interweavings of twists on the Brothers Grimm (with a little Andersen thrown in as well), Gidwitz chooses Jack and Jill as the main characters. Yes, at one point they do tumble down a hill. And climb a beanstalk, tackling giants, before descending to the depths of the goblin world. The frog from The Frog Prince is also a starring character, with a rather important role by the end. But while Jack and Jill's outward journey is on adventure after another, it is their inner j...more
Lisa Papademetriou
I absolutely love Gidwitz's wild imagination and his use of hilarious, intrusive narrator. I highly recommend this book to anyone studying the use of voice in fiction. I also admire the way Gidwitz interweaves the story and really fully reimagines them. Sometimes, "retellings" of classic stories feel tired. These feel fresh and modern.

Due to violence, this book will not be everyone's cup of tea. It's silly, Monty Python style violence--very over-the-top--but it would not have appealed to me as...more
Emma-lee
This book is a scary one! But has its funny moments. I recommend you Not to read this at night! It is very mysterious on where things go. Just plese, be sure NOT to read In a Glass Grimmly at night!!
Riya
I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway and I rated it as 3 out of 5 stars. I adore fairy-tale retellings and I was especially excited to read this one because I had heard very good things about it. Well, it definitely didn't disappoint! Even though I am an adult reading a book that is intended for the average middle-school reader, I still had a great time getting lost in the fantastic magical world that Adma Gidwitz has created. I highly recommend this book and I will be reading the f...more
Leigh Isley
I gave it 4 stars because the story was dry at times and hard to continue on until the next fantastic gruesome detail happened! LOL

2013 ALSC Children's Notable Books List

A fantastic whimsy of a story with twist and turns all revolving around some of the most famous Fairy-Tales and stories. Ranging from Jack and the Beanstalk, The Emperor's New Clothes, Jack the Giant Killer, and the Mother Goose rhyme Jack and Jill, among others. Jack and Jill are the main characters and each time there is a New...more
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