A Tale Dark and Grimm and In a Glass Grimmly

Sometimes I forget to introduce or promote my favorite books to a specific grade level. For example, A Tale Dark and Grimm was VERY popular with my fourth graders the year it was released. Those fourth graders are now sixth graders. (Gosh, time sure does fly!) Earlier this week, a forceful internal voice announced rather loudly,"YOU HAVE NOT TOLD YOUR FOURTH GRADERS ABOUT A TALE DARK AND GRIMM.  THEY WILL ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! MAKE SURE YOU BOOKTALK IT."

Did I listen to my demanding inner voice? You betcha!  I read aloud the first chapter to two fourth-grade classes. If you've read the book, then you know the first chapter is fast-paced, intriguing, and reels in the reader. Both classes begged for one more chapter. One student said, "How could you do that to us, Mr. Schu?" I said, "Well, you will have to read the rest to find out what happens. You'll want to check out  In a Glass Grimmly, too." 

Adam Gidwitz talks to a Boy Scout troop about A Tale Dark and Grimm

One student watched the book trailer for A Tale Dark and Grimm five times. 

In a Glass Grimmly is a companion to A Tale Dark and Grimm. It was released on September 27, 2012. 

Borrow A Tale Dark and Grimm and In a Glass Grimmly from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops


  1. Dark & Grimm is the only book I've ever been questioned by a parent about. She and her husband were appalled at the blood and violence, and shocked that I was promoting the book. Luckily, Adam has written great defenses about why fairy tales are not too scary for children. Armed with that, and the sheer power this book had at hooking readers, I felt positive that this book belongs in my classroom library.

  2. Thanks for the reminder....I'm putting it in my plans for next week & ordering the new one!

  3. I love these books, these trailers, but I especially love reading the first chapter to students. It is a SURE THING! Such a great hook! My middle school students really love these books and have clamored to be the first to check out In a Glass Grimmly.

  4. Loved A TALE DARK AND GRIMM. So clever and creative and compelling. Can't wait to read the next one!


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