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

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  5,628 Ratings  ·  679 Reviews
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 . . .
Kindle Edition, 192 pages
Published September 27th 2012 by Dutton Children's Books
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Leopards AreAwesome It's better than the first book, I think, but the last book is definitely my favorite.

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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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 ...more
Harper Averitt
Nov 01, 2016 Harper Averitt rated it really liked it
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
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
Mike (the Paladin)
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
Nov 02, 2015 Taylor rated it did not like it
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.
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
Jun 12, 2012 NaomiRuth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ir, fav-authors, bwob
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
Nov 16, 2012 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  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
Jan 07, 2013 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Dec 19, 2012 Cleo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 23, 2012 Teresa rated it really liked it
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
Mary Kate
Jan 30, 2013 Mary Kate rated it really liked it
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?


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.
May 30, 2016 Shelby rated it really liked it
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
Nov 20, 2015 Zander Cook rated it did not like it
Thomas K
Mar 05, 2017 Thomas K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: third-9-weeks
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 ...more
Eustacia Tan
May 08, 2013 Eustacia Tan rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 19, 2013 Jess rated it it was amazing
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
Kat Heckenbach
Mar 23, 2014 Kat Heckenbach rated it liked it
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
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
Oct 30, 2013 Talabrsn rated it really liked it
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
Oct 08, 2012 Meredith rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 05, 2012 Yapha rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 16, 2012 Monica Edinger rated it it was amazing
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).
Jul 13, 2016 Noelia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010s, read-in-2016
I prefer this one over the first book in the series only because it wasn't as corny. I hope the third one is just as good.
Kelsey Preston
Nov 11, 2014 Kelsey Preston rated it it was amazing
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Ana’s Take:

In a Glass Grimmly is a companion novel to Adam Gidwitz’s 2011 book A Tale Dark and Grimm and is as delightful and smart as its predecessor. In it, we have main characters the cousins Jack and Jill who undertake a journey through the landscape of several different fairytales – a journey that is a Quest (to find a Looking Glass) but which like most Quests often do, turns out to be a Coming of Age story (this one is about identity and f
John Nondorf
Feb 07, 2017 John Nondorf rated it it was amazing
I love a good fairy tale retelling and this one is very very good. Familiar characters and stories, but all mooshed up in fresh ways. Homages to many well-known (and not-so-well-known) stories. Like the first book in this series, Gidwitz doesn't shy away from the gruesome. Blood! Guts! Corpses! Giant vomit!
Nathan Pruzan
Feb 23, 2017 Nathan Pruzan rated it it was amazing
Here is a quote from a Glass of Grimly in the second book Jill is more of a risk taker as the story go's on. "I swear on my life said, Jill." If she doesn't find the seeing glass she will die. That proves she is more adventurous. and the seeing glass is the greatest treasure and they go to the craziest place to find the treasure for an example they go into a giant salamander mouth that breathes fire it is one of the best books I have ever read and I recommend it.
Mason W.
Dec 03, 2016 Mason W. rated it really liked it
This story is about Jack and Jill. Jack had problems following directions and letting other people tell him what to do. Jill was embarrassed because she was nude in front of the whole kingdom. Jack needed to sell his cow for money his dad told him to sell the cow for five pounds. Jack went to the market and sold his cow for three beans. When he came home his father was furious. Since Jack and Jill are cousins, Jill decided to run away and went to Jack's house. Jack and Jill talked to this old la ...more
Sharon Tyler
Nov 07, 2013 Sharon Tyler rated it really liked it
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
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