From the Newbery Honor-winning, New York Times bestselling author—with cover and interior illustrations by Dan Santat!
If you dare, join Jack and Jill as they embark on a harrowing quest through a new set of tales from the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, and others. Follow along as they enter startling new landscapes that may (or may not) be scary, bloody, terrifying, and altogether true in this hair-raising companion to Adam Gidwitz’s widely acclaimed, award-winning debut, A Tale Dark & Grimm.
An Oprah Kids’ Reading List Pick
A Publishers Weekly Best New Book of the Week Pick
For more twisted tales look for A Tale Dark & Grimm and The Grimm Conclusion
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.
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The BEST book ever lol!!
Great book!!!!!!!! I love the gore