"His books are awesome!"
This is just a small taste of the praise that The Bruins gave Adam Gidwitz after our Skype session with him. It all started about a month and half ago when I noticed that The Bruins were racing to the "G" shelf in the chapter book section. Their teacher was reading them, A Tale Dark and Grimm. The kids were doing two things, some were reading ahead of their teacher, dying to know what happened next while others had already finished the book and were ready for In A Glass Grimmly. I loved how excited they were for these books, so the minute I saw Adam Gidwitz was offering Skype sessions, I jumped right on it.
We started off with a story, the Grimm/Gidwitz version of Snow White. Let me just say this, Adam is a natural storyteller. He gets kids. He grossed us out. He let us know what to do incase we were too grossed out or scared. He made us laugh at the exact right moments. He was expressive. He was phenomenal.
We then had the opportunity to ask him some questions. The child below asked, "If you were stuck on a desert island and could only take one fairytale with you, what would it be?" The answer? The Three Golden Hairs
Or this question:
We found out how he selects the Grimm tales that he puts in his books, how many times he had to edit In A Glass Grimmly (the number is astonishing), how he got into writing, what he likes and doesn't like about being an author. It was a great experience.
Thank you so much Adam for taking the time out your evening to Skype with us. It is something that we will never forget and will be talking about for a long time.