In a Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I read this quickly before passing along to my daughter. I wanted to make sure it was “appropriate”. Not that it didn’t have violence (it does! entrails and blood to be exact!) or language (it does! Something similar to and completely unlike German in fact!) or chills and scares (giants,evil mermaids, goblins and a flame-breathing lizard are just for beginners!) but I was reading it to be “appropriate” in another way.
In message and in theme, it is fantastic. As a grown boy, I saw the moral a million miles away but as the note I put into the book before mailing to my young daughter says…
“There is a moral here but don’t worry too much about it. It is also a very fun book and by the time you hear the moral in the end you won’t mind it all because you will have figured it all out on your own by then”.
Take a long look in the mirror both before and after this book. Tell me if you see anything new after. If not, then it might be time for an adventure or two. I suggest you take a friend and a frog if you can.
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The Importance of Being Earnest (1952 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
When an old friend from high school, Dawn Alexander asked to profile me in her blog, Writer In Waiting, my only reservation was that she not post any pictures of me in costume in a one-act play competition we performed in where I played Dr. Chasuble (with an embarrassing lisp) in The Importance of Being Earnest. The bad lisp was an affectation. The cheesy high school mustache was all mine. She agreed to this single caveat.
The Q&A was fairly short. My answers were a little lengthy. When am I likely to be interviewed again soon?
Enjoy the profile and poke around her blog. She is like many of us a “writer in waiting”.
Join her for “Tell Me Your Story Tuesdays”,”Thinking About Thursdays”, and “Friday Plot Swap”.
Oh, and if she brings out that picture, I might have a picture or two of my own. Does big-hair-and-blue-eyeshadow ring a bell, Dawn? It keeps you humble to have a few friends that know where the bodies are buried (because they helped you bury them).