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reading: a tale dark and grimm

I bought this ages ago because I was dying to read it. The premise sounded fantastic, the author and I have the same editor, it had stellar reviews from everyone in the world.

While I was in NYC in May, I was able to meet the author in person–Adam Gidwitz— he was so kind and fun and clever and a teacher! Exactly the kind of teacher that you wish your child could have!

But life kept getting in the way of my reading. And then this week my eight-year-old picked up Grimm and could not put it down. The clincher was when I found him using his foot as a bookmark to hold his place while he did something else for a moment. “Don’t use your foot as a bookmark in my book!” I said. “I haven’t even read it yet!”

“That’s not my fault,” he said.

Well played, eight-year-old son. So now I AM reading it (and using a real bookmark) and the book is surprising and interesting and excellent (and very macabre).

My son and I both highly recommend it.




+ comments (9)
  • Libby
    June 23, 2011

    Awesome!! I needed a good idea for this weeks library trip!! Thank you!



  • becca
    June 24, 2011

    That is one gorgeous cover. (Yes. I’m that girl who judges books by their covers.)



  • cherie
    June 24, 2011

    After seeing that your 8 yr old son enjoyed this book, I called my 9 yr old son over to show him the cover. I told him “This book looks good.” He said “It is, I read it at school. You should buy it!” He devours books faster than me. Thanks for offering up ideas for young readers…and their Moms. πŸ™‚



  • Nikki
    June 24, 2011

    I picked this one up ages ago, but haven’t had a chance to read it yet either. I need to because just reading the jacket flap made me want to devour every single page. Enjoy!



  • Alice Beesley
    June 27, 2011

    Cool. I’ll put that one on my long list of books to read too. Thanks for the recommendation.



  • warnagirl
    June 27, 2011

    Thanks for clueing us in Ally! I love the original Grimms’ stories so this looks right up my alley! And I agree with becca about the cover. Superb looking!



  • doriane
    June 27, 2011

    i, My name is doriane idon’%T speak really good english but i have read ”crossed” (”promise ” in french ) this was awsome really but i am so curious i really want to know the next !! i can’T wait 2012 for read the part 2 !!! πŸ™‚



  • Peggy Eddleman
    June 28, 2011

    A foot bookmark! LOVE it. I’ve seen that book, and have been so intrigued by the cover. I wondered if it was good– thanks for the recommendation!



  • Edith D
    November 4, 2011

    I can’t get books fast enough for Ethan to read and I love hearing what your son reads for ideas.




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