About the Books: The Grimmtastic Girls
Title: Grimmtastic Girls #1: Cinderella Stays Late | Authors: Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams | Publication Date: March 25, 2014 | Publisher: Scholastic Inc. | Pages: 192 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 12
Once upon a time, in faraway Grimmlandia…
A Grimmtastic girl named Cinderella is starting her first week at Grimm Academy on the wrong foot. Cinda’s totally evil stepsisters are out to make her life miserable. The Steps tease Cinda, give her terrible advice about life at the academy, and even make her look bad in front of her new friends, Red, Snow, and Rapunzel! But when Cinda overhears the Steps plotting a villainous deed that could ruin Prince Awesome’s ball, Cinda, her new friends, and a pair of magical glass slippers have to stop them–before the last stroke of midnight!
Title: Grimmtastic Girls #2: Red Riding Hood Gets Lost | Authors: Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams | Publication Date: March 25, 2014 | Publisher: Scholastic Inc. | Pages: 192 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 12
Once upon a time, in faraway Grimmlandia…
Red Riding Hood is thrilled to try out for the school play. Acting is her dream, and she’s great at it–too bad she has stage fright! After a grimmiserable audition, Red decides to focus on helping her friends Cinda, Snow, and Rapunzel save Grimm Academy from the E.V.I.L. Society. But when Red gets lost in Neverwood forest and runs into Wolfgang, who might be part of E.V.I.L., she needs her magic basket and a grimmazingly dramatic performance to figure out what’s going on!
What we Thought:
Bignificent’s thoughts: “I thought the books were funny, interesting, and had very good details. I liked the characters, and I liked the friends – how they worked together. I thought the books were fun. I liked them a lot.” She is also BEGGING me for the next books in the series so that’s probably a good sign. Unfortunately for her, they don’t come out until June. (Oh, and sorry no video review this week! Daddy (aka our videographer) is in meetings all week, and we didn’t plan ahead well enough. We’ll be posting a new one next week though!)
Mommynificent’s thoughts: I have to admit to being skeptical about these books. I’m NOT one of those people who never tires of the good old fairy tales. I tire, and I tire quickly. However, these books are cleverly written, and I have to admit that I enjoyed the read. There’s enough of a mystery as to how the characters got there and how they fit with the original stories and characters that I found myself legitimately intrigued.
I found myself thinking repeatedly of the TV series “Once Upon a Time” and the Harry Potter books. These books are a near perfect combination of those two series but without the violence and adult themes, so they are completely suitable for younger readers.
My only tiny complaint is all the tween drama – all the wondering what people think of me and about boys and will that girl still be my friend tomorrow after being nice to me today – (yes, I do understand that this is kind of the point of tween books.) We don’t homeschool to shelter our kids from this kind of drama – we homeschool because it’s the only real option for our family where we live – but reading books like this makes me realize how much of it we’re completely missing, and I have to admit that I’m really quite happy about it. 🙂
That said, these are fun, safe, and clean reads, and I’d gladly recommend them to any little girl looking for a fun read. I also like that Cinderella is no sap. She likes sports and is concerned with far more than her appearance and what others think of her. All in all, a winning debut of a new series!
About the Authors: Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams
Joan Holub has authored and/or illustrated more than 130 children’s books, including Little Red Writing (illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet) and Zero the Hero. She lives in NC and is online at www.joanholub.com
Suzanne Williams is the author of nearly 50 books for children, including the award-winning picture book Library Lil (illustrated by Steven Kellogg). She lives near Seattle, WA and is online at www.suzanne-williams.com
Co-authors Joan and Suzanne have written the Goddess Girls, Heroes in Training, and Grimmtastic Girls series. Though they live in different states and hardly ever get to see each other, they spend lots of time together in Grimmlandia.
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