Dutton Children’s Books, 2013. 978-0525426158
Synopsis: In the third book of retold fairy tales, we follow Jorinda and Joringel, twin siblings who flee through the woods, a castle where everyone sleeps, and even through Hell while facing monsters, ogres, and demons to find their way home.
Why I picked it up: Gidwitz retold some more awesome fairy tales? YES PLEASE.
Why I finished it: This is probably the bloodiest and most horror-filled of the three books so far, and also the most heartbreaking. Jorinda (Your-Inga) and Joringel (Your-Ingle), like Hansel and Gretel and Jack and Jill before them, seem to lead a somewhat cursed life even before they are even born, and their lives are full of so many horrors that one can only imagine how they manage to come out at the end of the stories as wiser and more caring individuals. Gidwitz pays homage to a number of classic stories, namely Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, and uses humor to break up the horror and keep the reader on their toes. He also makes reference to A Tale Dark & Grimm and In a Glass Grimmly to the amusement of the reader and to help tie in everything with a common thread. The re-workings are undeniably fresh, funny, humane, and ultimately remind the reader that fairy tales are indeed awesome.
Other related materials: A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz; In A Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz; The Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley, illustrated by Peter Ferguson; Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi; Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff; The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver; The Missing books by Margaret Peterson Haddix; 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; Guys Read: Thriller edited by John Scieszka; Guys Read: Other Worlds edited by John Scieszka