Monday, October 29, 2012

In a Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz

Gidwitz has written another book incorporating original fairy tales - with all of their gruesome details - into a novel length narrative.  In this book he uses Jack and Jill as the two main characters who wander throughout the rest of the book.  Jill flees home after being the main character in this rewritten version of "The Emporer's New Clothes".  Together the two children seek a seeing glass in order to get their dearest wishes.  Along the way they climb a beanstalk, defeat giants (in a particularly disgusting scene), meet a humongous, fire-breathing salamander, elude lying mermaids, and travel with a frog who has been kissed by a princess.  They also tell the stories of their adventures to children who will eventually become some of the most famous fairy tale recorders of all time.  In my opinion not quite as good as the first book, but still very, very good and lots of fun!  Gidwitz is able to move so smoothly from one story to the next that at the end you're not even aware of how much ground has been covered.