Dutton Children’s Books, 2012. 978-0142425060
Synopsis: Join Jack and Jill as they journey through the land of Märchen with a talking frog to find the Seeing Glass: up a beanstalk to slay giants, to a seaside village to outwit mermaids, deep underground to match minds with goblins and salamanders, and finally back home.
Why I picked it up: But wait! There’s more!
Why I finished it: Gidwitz draws on a number of different folk tale traditions for this volume of fairy tales made awesome: Hans Christian Anderson, Mother Goose, Joseph Jacobs, and of course, the Brothers Grimm. He’s also woven some of his own material into the works, creating interlocking tales that are just as gruesome, frightening, and engaging as A Tale Dark & Grimm. Our hero pair this time around are cousins Jack and Jill (yes, that Jack and Jill), who just want to be noticed and appreciated. But poor Jack is too much of a dreamer and Jill doesn’t seem to be able to do the right thing. Like many children, they live in the shadow of their parents, and they crave an adventure, something away from the norm that will give them the confidence to step out and be their own people. The tales this time around are defined more as horrible than gorey, but there is still plenty of blood and guts to go around. Gidwitz has given us another collection of delightful tales that will no doubt inspire the reader to create their own tales and even read up on the originals.
Other related materials: A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz; The Grimm Conclusion by Adam Gidwitz; The Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley, illustrated by Peter Ferguson; The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver; Half Upon a Time series by James Riley; Lockwood & Co. books by Jonathan Stroud; Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz; Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu, illustrated by Erin McGuire; The Real Boy by Anne Ursu, illustrated by Erin McGuire; Storybound by Marissa Burt; Story’s End by Marissa Burt; The Apothecary by Maile Meloy; The Apprentices by Maile Meloy; The Familiars books by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson; Doll Bones by Holly Black; The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente; The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Lead the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente; Guys Read: Thriller edited by John Scieszka; Guys Read: Other Worlds edited by John Scieszka