Reading Level: Middle Grade
Size: 192 pages
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Release Date: September 27, 2012
Stand Alone or Series: Sequel to a Tale Dark and Grimm
Source: Borrowed from Library
Rating: 5/5 stars
This is the sequel to a Tale Dark and Grimm. I loved a Tale Dark and Grimm, it was hilarious and very well done. In a Glass Grimmly is written in very much the same style as A Tale Dark and Grimm. If you enjoyed the first book, you will love this book. I absolutely loved this book and can’t wait to see what Gidwitz writes next. This book can be read as a stand alone, but A Tale Dark and Grimm was an excellent read too….so why not go and read that book first!?
Jack and Jill go on a quest to recover a magic Mirror. The quest takes them through many different fairy tales and many dangers. There are interludes by the narrator that are hilarious and really make this book something different and special.
Jill is living with a mother who is obsessed with her beauty. When Jill’s mother forces her to wear a dress made out of the finest silk (silk so fine it’s invisible to Jill) she ends up humiliated and flees the castle. Jill is a smart and practical young girl and flees to her cousin’s house, Jack.
Jack is pretty much a loser. He tries to redeem himself to his father by selling the last asset of the family, the family cow, for some magic beans. Well the beans aren’t quite magic. That is until Jill and Jack make a promise to an old woman that they will recover a magic mirror for her if she grants their dreams.
Jill and Jack offset each other nicely. Jill is cautious and thinks things through. Jack acts before he thinks and is constantly trying to prove himself. Together they go through a number of adventures woven in and out of a variety of fairy tales.
The narrator intercedes throughout, warning of horrible scenes that are coming your way…occasionally also pouting about how the reader doesn’t really need him for this description or that. It is very funny and adds a lot to the story.
These stories are based off of the original Grimm tales so the things that happen in here aren’t pretty or pleasant. In fact they are pretty gross and at times disturbing. Because of this I would recommend only for Middle Grade and older readers. I really want to read this with my 6 year old son…he would think parts of it are hilarious…but I’m going to wait a few years so I don’t scare the stuffing out of him with this book.
Overall an absolutely wonderful and hilarious read. The story is funny without being silly, it’s heartfelt at times too. This book is just a super fun read. Highly recommended for fans of fairy tales and fantasy adventure stories.