Synopses & 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...
Happily ever after isn't cutting it anymore.
In this companion novel to Adam Gidwitz's widely acclaimed, award-winning debut, A Tale Dark and Grimm, Jack and Jill explore a new set of tales from the Brothers Grimm and others, including Jack and the Beanstalk and The Frog Prince.
"The grossness quotient has gone up in Gidwitz's companion to A Tale Dark and Grimm, his grisly reimagining of classic fairy tales. Translation: this second foray is even more enjoyable than the author's acclaimed debut. The protagonists in this installment are Jack, Jill, and a talking frog, whose adventures begin separately in reworkings of 'The Frog Prince' and 'The Emperor's New Clothes,' before the three join forces in 'Jack and the Bean-stalk.' Parental cruelties are more ordinary this time — mockery, neglect, and recrimination — but what the children find in their quest for the Seeing Glass is horrifying enough to compensate for any perceived softness at the outset. When Jill rescues Jack atop the beanstalk by accepting the giants' eating challenge, even the Monty Python gang might cringe at the results — it's the phrase 'no guts, no glory' brought to Technicolor life. Gidwitz can do nuance, too, as Jill's perilous encounter with a sympathetic mermaid demonstrates. Technically polished, and with more original content, this romp has lost none of the edge of its predecessor. Ages 10 – up. Agent: Sarah Burnes, the Gernert Company. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
In this mischievous and utterly original debut, Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm-inspired tales. As readers follow the siblings through a forest brimming with menacing foes, they learn the true story behind (and beyond) the bread crumbs, edible houses, and outwitted witches.
Fairy tales have never been more irreverent or subversive as Hansel and Gretel learn to take charge of their destinies and become the clever architects of their own happily ever after.
About the Author
Adam Gidwitz is an elementary school teacher and storyteller. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.