By: Adam Gidwitz
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Jack wants to be a normal boy, not a prince, so he can play with the other boys. His sister, Princess Jill, wishes she were beautiful, like their mother. After the pair of royal siblings each suffer an extreme embarrassment, they decide to leave their kingdom in search of the Glass Grimmly, which is said to grant wishes. On the way they will encounter clever mermaids, gruesome giants, deadly goblins, and even more horrible dangers.
This sequel to A Tale Dark & Grimm follows a different pair of main characters in another darkly-crafted, violent package of retellings based on the Grimm Brothers’ fairytales. It contains:
• Full nudity
• Violence (descriptions of wading through blood and vomit; nearly drowning; someone almost cutting off their own hand; a character’s lips are sewn together; references to murdering children)
This middle grade novel would be far too sickening to read if it weren’t for the author’s witty interventions in the midst of the gory scenes. In a Glass Grimmly is slightly more violent than the first book.
More A Tale Dark & Grimm reviews:
• Book 1: A Tale Dark & Grimm