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In a Glass Grimmly

(A Tale Dark & Grimm #2)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  7,625 ratings  ·  895 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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 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
Michael Finocchiaro
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My son and I loved this second Grimmly book from Gidwitz as much as the first one. Highly, highly recommended!!
Gidwitz takes old familiar tales, tosses them into a blender, and serves 'em up with a side of frog legs. ...more
Harper Averitt
Nov 01, 2016 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
Jonathon P.
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 t ...more
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
Karessa A.
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 t ...more
Nov 02, 2015 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. ...more
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Dec 19, 2012 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
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 ...more
Naomi Ruth
Jun 12, 2012 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
This second book in the series works as a standalone, too. Hansel & Gretel's story was finished in book 1, and now we've moved on the the story of cousins Jack & Jill. Tying in versions of the frog prince, the emperor's new clothes, Jack & the beanstalk, and quite a few others, Gidwitz strays from his original focus on the Grimm fairy tales into Hans Christian Andersen, Mother Goose, and various other fairy tales and legends. He takes even more creative liberties (than he did in A Tale Dark & Gr ...more
Nov 16, 2012 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 of t
Jan 07, 2013 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
Jul 23, 2012 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 out who ...more
Mary Kate
Jan 30, 2013 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.
Oct 08, 2012 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
Zander Cook
Nov 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book to the point where I read it four hours straight, not just because I want to meet my goal, but because it was truly a good book. Throughout this book, there were many places where it uses the original fairytale. But, in this particular series, there is a twist to all of the stories. I really enjoyed the parts in this book where it asked the reader rhetorical questions. Creativity was also a major factor in this book. The original fairytale was presented but with an extremely en ...more
Kristina Lenarczyk
Closer to a 3.5! This was good, but not great.

I definitely enjoyed the first part of this series much more, but like his easy storytelling. This one was much darker but also more juvenile, and that disappointed me a bit. There was a poor concept of time and other small details that would’ve made it stronger for me.

I think I would have liked this better in audiobook, so I’ll likely wait until the third one is available to do so!
I find the retellings in this story to be amusing. I like the twisty dark way these stories are told and linked together. They maintain being interesting and dark without going to far and being damaging to a child reading the story. I liked Jack and Jill and how they figured out the moral of this tale. It was cute and fun.
Kellie Alley
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Was not disappointed with this book. The author is creative, adding his own twist to well known fairy tales. I also love how he interrupts the storytelling to include his thoughts and provide warnings for what’s to come.
☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
‘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 spe
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this book in 1 day because this book was really interesting and i really likes it.
B.A. Wilson
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mg
I enjoyed the second book as much as the first one. This is a good batch of retellings, with lots of humor and intrigue.

Pages: 192
Thomas K
Mar 05, 2017 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 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 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
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