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In a Glass Grimmly

Info from the publisher

Adam Gidwitz, In a Glass Grimmly

Andersen Press. ISBN: 9781849396202

What really happened when Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water? Well, yes, Jack did break his crown and, yes, Jill did come tumbling after. BUT they also went on a quest to find a looking glass, which really turned out to be a quest to find themselves. They challenged giants to an eating competition, were drowned by mermaids and were captured by goblins. Did they ever find the looking glass? Well, you'll just have to read this book and find out. Reader: beware. Child-eating giants, haunting mermaids and tricksy goblins lurk in these pages.

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This book was very enjoyable. It was the best book I have ever read.Even though it was very grim and gruesome, I was very eager to find out what happened in the end.The way Adam Gidwitz combined most fairy tales together was very creative and adventuring.The author also stops the story for a while to recap and warn people for the upcoming events which was very unusual but also very creative.

 

Emma, Sacred Heart College, Omagh  10 out of 10

 

I absolutely loved this book. It is the best book I have read in a very long time. I would definitely recommend this to other people, as it is so enjoyable and crafty. This book would have you sitting on the dge of your seat -although some parts of it were gruesome. Other than that, I think this is a brilliant book.

 

Aisling, Sacred Heart College, Omagh  10 out of 10

 

this book was very enjoyable . there was lots of gore which suited me down to the ground. the plot of this book was very good and i was on the edge of my seat while i was reading it. all in all it was a very good read.

 

matthew , Royal Belfast Academical Inst  10 out of 10

 

Probably one of the strongest books in the competition, it succeeds because no one had done it before. Gidwitz finds an ingenious way to link many of the fairy tales which we all know and love, but puts a GRUESOME spin on them. It's disgusting, it's horrible, it's brilliant. On par with the Screaming Staircase, it's just a shame I couldn't give it an eleven.

 

Kai, Royal Belfast Academical Inst  10 out of 10

 

This book was amazing and was my second favourite. The author has written a fun and interesting book which changes our favourite nursery rhymes.

 

Ben, Holy Trinity College, Cookstown  9 out of 10

 

Confusing a bit hard to understand sometimes .

 

Adam, Royal Belfast Academical Inst  8 out of 10

 

Personally, I didn't like this book too much. However, the Authors comments throughout the book on what was happening was an interesting and unique concept.

 

Niamh , St Louis Grammar School, Ballymena  4 out of 10

 


It is in my top three books that i will vote for. I really enjoyed this book and i would recommend this book to anyone who likes action packed fairy tales.

 

Ewan, Royal Belfast Academical Inst  8 out of 10

 

I really enjoyed this book, it was a bit confusing at first, but then after a while it all came together. It had loads of amazing characters e.g. Jack and Jill. It had a brilliant story line about the true adventure of what really happened when Jack and Jill went up the hill. This book is gruesome, gross but also really interesting and a good page turner. This was a brilliant book for me and if you like gruesome, bloody, vomity and disgusting books this is for you. If you also like fairy tales with lots of adventures and at long tiresome last happy endings then you should give this book a go :_)!

 

Shauna, Assumption Grammar School  9 out of 10

 

This book was good but it would not be one of my favourite books because I am not the type of person that would read about guts and things like that . I did not like the way that the author was pretending to read the book with you and kept telling you what was going to happen next . It was like you where at the cinema with a friend who had seen the film before and the author was ruining the story.

 

Emma , Sacred Heart College, Omagh  6 out of 10

 

One of the best books I have ever Read! Really amazing!

 

Rebecca , Sullivan Upper School  10 out of 10

 

This book was amazing! The adventure they embarked on was full of mystery and surprise; it was an amazing twist on the well-known fairy tale Jack and Jill.

 

charley , Belfast Royal Academy  9 out of 10

 

This book was kind of weird at the start but at the end everything came together. I really enjoyed this book.

 

John, Holy Trinity College, Cookstown  8 out of 10

 

I thought this book was funny and gruesome at the same time. It was a bit slow at the start but when I got through that bit I could not put it down. I would recommend it to all young people.

 

Matthew,  8 out of 10

 

In a Glass Grimmly, I thought was an excellent book. I really liked the way it kept you in suspense. Also that the authors wrote the blurb telling you about the Jack and Jill rhyme that we know and then what actually happens after. It is a gory book with lots of blood!!!

 

Anna Mae , Assumption Grammar School  8 out of 10

 

An amazing book with a great plot. Total suspense!

 

Paddy, Bangor Grammar School  10 out of 10

 

This book is good because there was lots if killing and the words were not super hard. I really enjoyed it

 

Sunny, Royal Belfast Academical Inst  9 out of 10

 

I didn't enjoy this book as much as others on the shortlist and throught the book I felt as though something was missing. Although I thought the plot was good and it had good foundations, it failed to build up to a climax and didn't meet my expectations. I think Adam Gitzman is a gifted writer but this book is definitely not my favourite.

 

Rachael, Assumption Grammar School  6 out of 10

 

I really enjoyed this book. It was very well thought through I was so excited by it and had to read to the end of the book. I was entranced and drawn in! It is fast paced, funny and a fantastic fantasy book. I loved it

 

Bláthnaid, Assumption Grammar School  8 out of 10

 

It was very funny but dark and scary at the same time. It is one of the best books I have read in my life.

 

Dillon, Wellington College  10 out of 10

 

This book was good although I would recommend it for a boy aged 10 - 12, it wasn't really what i was looking for and failed to meet my expectations at times. Adam Gidwitz is a very gifted writer but the storyline, I felt, was lacking something very important but overall a well written and humorous book.

 

Aimée, St Louis Grammar School, Ballymena  7 out of 10

 

This book was great and even though i would usually be playing my electronics at half term this made me pick it up as soon as i got out of bed. I would not reccomend to anyone who is a bit freaked out or scared when it comes to things like wobbly teeth.

 

Toby, Bangor Grammar School  10 out of 10

 

This book is amazing! I read it as part of a challenge to read all the books for the book awards. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good fairytale with a twist.

 

Victoria , Belfast Royal Academy  10 out of 10

 

A great book. My Librarian told me to read it in a Shrek voice and i found it a hilirous book, I hope to read more in the future.

 

Connor, Royal Belfast Academical Inst  7 out of 10

 

i think it was one of the best books i have ever read

 

clare, Sullivan Upper School  10 out of 10

 

I thought this book was very funny and action-packed though it was gory and gruesome in some places. I liked the way the author twisted the classic fairy-tale and made it into a completely different story. The author also included twisted versions of other fairy-tale stories. The ending is a big surprise and comes unexpectedly. I think some people may find it very gruesome but otherwise I would recommend this story if you like horror and fantasy , and especially if you like the idea of classic fairy-tales turned gory.

 

Maria, Assumption Grammar School  8 out of 10

 

i think this book is a really awesome adventure book, but i do find some parts particularly gory.

 

Rachel, Hunter House  9 out of 10

 

This book In A Glass Grimmly is really good. I like it because I like horror. My favourite part was the Frog and the Princess because the princess ends up killing the poor frog! I would say you should read this book too!!

 

Jessica, St Patrick's High School, Keady  10 out of 10

 

I really loved the way the author twisted up Jack & Jill to create this amazing story. I would definitely recommend this book. I really loved the part where Jack took part in a giant eating challenge.

 

Sean, St Patrick's High School, Keady  10 out of 10

 

Loved the book great way of putting a twist on the classic rhymes and in depth characters of jack and Jill

 

Daniel, Bangor Grammar School  9 out of 10

 

It was a really good and entertaining book to read and it is 1 of the best books I ever read. All text in bold I recommend to read in a Shrek voice which makes it THAT much better. It is really good and funny and it is definitely the best book that i have read so far

 

Ethan, Royal Belfast Academical Inst  10 out of 10

 

I thought In a glass grimmly was a brilliant book very creative and inspiring to go on an adventure. My favorite part was when Jill tricked the giants into gutting themselves with knives and their guts and porridge pouring out onto the floor.
And my second favorite part was when they went into the mouth of Eddie the giant fire-breathing salamander.

 

Thomas, Royal Belfast Academical Inst  10 out of 10

 

IT was a very good book but not what i would usually read i din't enjoy it as much as i hoped to but im sure if someone eles read it who was into this kind of they would love it.

 

Louise, Culleybackey College  7 out of 10

 

This is a very very good book! I would strongly recommend his book! It is quite gory in some places!!! It is very well thought out because the two stories come together extremely well. I would let above 9 years old to read this book. My winner!!!!!!!

 

Anna, Belfast Royal Academy  10 out of 10

 

I thought this book was very good and interesting, and was a great twist on the classic fairy tales.

 

Maia, Belfast Royal Academy  10 out of 10

 

In a Glass Grimmly there's a deadly mermaid, an unbelievibly high beanstalk, a group of fierce giants and a huge fire-breathing salamander. I would certainly recommend it for those who like fantasy and horror. I found lots of humour in it and that is why it's getting 9 out of 10, a real contender to win!

 

Beth, Assumption Grammar School  9 out of 10

 

This book was really well thought out and all the characters were great. This is your winner!!!!

 

Stephen, Holy Trinity College, Cookstown  10 out of 10

 

In a Glass Grimmly was very good and I would recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy and horror. There was a lot of humour in it which I liked so I would give it a 9 out of 10.

 

Rebecca C, Wellington College  9 out of 10

 

I thought this book was very good and interesting book to read.I would recommend it to all ages, I even read it to my baby cousin and she loved it as much as I did!You have to read this book!

 

Nikki, Lisneal College  10 out of 10

 

I thought this book was very interesting because the book was full of fairy tales. I liked all the fairy tales but the one I liked the most was the one near the start, it was called The Wonderful Mother.

 

Jessica , Lisneal College  8 out of 10

 

I loved this book! The story, the humor and everything else was really quite awsome but it's not exactly a ten in my opinion.

 

Dimitar,  9 out of 10

 

My favourite bit of the story was when they challenged the giants to an eating competition but I don’t really think it was my type of book.

 

Fionntan, St Patrick's High School, Keady  6 out of 10

 

I thought this book was OK, it wasn’t one of the best books I have read it seemed a bit gory. I thought it got a bit boring in places but my favourite part was the frog and the princess

 

Lauren, St Patrick's High School, Keady  6 out of 10

 

It was a good book overall. However it had a weak start, and I hated the narration because it really jolted me out of the story and made it difficult to really get into the scenes, especially during a tense one, when the continuity was interrupted by an unnecessary and different voice. I also found that the gore side of the story, was probably at least a little unnecessary. However as the book moved forward I enjoyed it more, and at least it reflected a more accurate portrayal of what original fairy-tales would actually have been like.

 

Mary-Kate, St Louis Grammar School, Ballymena  6 out of 10

 

I did not like this book because it was not as exciting as I would have liked.

 

Katie, Holy Trinity College, Cookstown  2 out of 10

 

The book was very funny. I liked it when the princess threw the frog at the wall and when she thought she was walking in the dress but she was actually naked. I would reccommend this book to people who like books with violence.

 

Dominic, Portora Royal School  10 out of 10

 

Gory Hillarious Really funny. I enjoyed it.The funniest part where the princess grabs the frog leg and starts swinging it until it comes off. I recommend it to people who like twisted fairy tales

 

Ahmad, Royal Belfast Academical Inst  9 out of 10

 

Brilliant book full of guts and gore. Good humor and very good boook. (Read it in a Shrek voice to make it funnier!)

 

Jonathon, Royal Belfast Academical Inst  9 out of 10

 

I really didn't like this book at all because I thought that there was nothing to it. I found it hard to read and I thought it was really bad!

 

Amy, Holy Trinity College, Cookstown  1 out of 10

 

Good book very unpredictable, exciting and gory great book thanks Adam Gidwitz

 

Curtis, Bangor Grammar School  9 out of 10

 

Very good book. Exiting, action packed and unpredictable. I would reccomend it to anyone. Loved it

 

Josh, Bangor Grammar School  8 out of 10

 

I really enjoyed this book, it was definitely not what I expected. It went down a horror sort of theme. I would recommend this book for boys aged between 9-10 years old.

 

Matthew,  8 out of 10

 

I liked it. It wasn't great but I had low expectations so I was pleasantly suprised. I would recommend this for more boys than girs, aged 9-10. If you like Roal Dahl you would like this book.

 

Ewan, Strabane Academy  7 out of 10

 

a great book gory and revolting but well wrote. I love how the book makes you think and the moral at the end of the story makes the book but some errors in the book

 

connall, Bangor Grammar School  8 out of 10

 

I really did not know what to expect when I started to read this book - but what a truly inventive story! The author has managed to weave the bones of so many nursery rhymes, fairy tales and folktales together to form a really marvellous adventure. Jack and Jill discover what really matters in life but do they live happily ever after? You will have to read In a Glass Grimmly to find out!

 

Miss McAdoo, Holy Trinity College, Cookstown  10 out of 10

 

In a Glass Grimmly is a magnificent book. One of the best books I've ever read. It's nursery rhymes and fairytales with a twist. Some stories included are Jack and Jill and Princess and the Frog. I like the character of the Frog because he is expressing his feelings to the Princess in an unique way. Recommended read. I like the way that Adam Gidwitz uses adjectives in both an amusing and a serious way. A brilliant read.

 

Courtney, Assumption Grammar School  10 out of 10

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