We had such a fantastic time with author Adam Gidwitz last year, helping to release his debut book, the clever and spooky A Tale Dark and Grimm, and we were thrilled when he came back to visit us on Halloween!
Adam visited three schools on Monday, scaring kids right and left! I was lucky enough to accompany him on a visit to a local elementary school, where he told kids the real story of Cinderella, which is considerably more gruesome than the Disney version. The wonderful thing about Adam’s book is that he tells you when things are going to get a bit scary/bloody/distasteful, and gives you an opportunity to skip that part. Similarly, he told the kids to put their fingers in their ears and put their heads down if things seemed to be getting too scary. The kids seemed to love it (I would have been one of the kids putting her head down), and were thrilled to find out that their PTA had bought copies of the book for all 4th and 5th graders. Several classes lined up to get their books signed, and the ones that were waiting all had their heads stuck in the book, reading away!
Many of the same children who had seen Adam earlier in the day persuaded their parents to bring them to Hooray For Books! to hear more creepy stories on Halloween afternoon. It didn’t hurt that they got candy, as well!
Adam Gidwitz’s A Tale Dark and Grimm is the perfect read for Halloween or any time! A bit gruesome, lots of humor, and a fantastically spooky plot. As a special treat, we have a few signed copies on hand!
A Tale Dark and Grimm, by Adam Gidwitz, $6.99 (paperback) and $16.99 (hardcover), Dutton Children’s Books