I read this book because Adam Gidwitz is one of the authors attending BookCon on Saturday May 30, and I was not disappointed. As a child, I was not a big fairy tale fan, but I wanted to give this book a try. Most people know the basic story of Hansel and Gretel and breadcrumbs and blah, blah, blah, but Gidwitz takes various, well-known Grimm stories and connects them to Hansel and Gretel’s lives. The reader gets to explore the fairy tale world from the time Hansel and Gretel’s parents falling in love through Hansel and Gretel becoming adults themselves.
The action and adventure throughout this novel kept me engaged and entertained the entire time. I loved how Gidwitz inserted his own opinion and little jokes whenever he thought necessary. Twisting these fairy tales, allowed Gidwitz to address the themes of loyalty to your family, gluttony, and believing the grass is greener on the other side. Mostly, Gidwitz conveys his message that children matter. Despite how a small and worthless adults may make children seem, the children have creative and impressionable minds which can change the world for the better. I enjoyed this book very much, and will definitely be reading the second one in this trilogy, In a Glass Grimmly.