Thursday, September 13, 2012
Through a Glass Darkly
IN A GLASS GRIMMLY by Adam Gidwitz. Dutton, September 2012.
get ready for some more twists on familiar tales and tropes and archetypes in Gidwitz' follow up to A TALE DARK AND GRIMM. Jack (of beanstalk and other fame) and Jill (who went up a hill) enter into a series of adventures that include characters from other Grimm tales and a few by Hans Christian Andersen and other authors of folk tales. What makes this interweaving of stories work well is that even if readers do not know the original tales they can still enjoy the adventures and perhaps pick up some of their literary heritage along the way. Tie this one to other retellings and perhaps construct a ladder or PARCC model that include these titles:
THE STINKY CHEESE MAN AND OTHER FAIRLY STUPID TALES
THE THREE PIGS
A TALE DARK AND GRIMM
THE ANNOTATED MOTHER GOOSE
Or go in a different direction and include books with interrupting narrators (INTERRUPTING CHICKEN) or tales with motifs and archetypes.