Parents' Guide to

The Grimm Conclusion

By Sally Engelfried, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Grisly, dark fairy tale has heartwarming and funny moments.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 8+

Parents listen

This book is has a warning in the beginning of it. So you all need to stop complaining about how gory it is. It's a GRIMM STORY it's supposed to be like that.

This title has:

Great messages
age 13+

Adam Gidwitz books

Please take into account I’m very conservative. I didn’t realize how intense these books are for 10 year old’s like my son. I don’t like terms in the book like decapitation, loosing members, defecation. While the book is well structured and the author interacts in the book.. it’s too much violence for my taste

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (9 ):

Author Adam Gidwitz really knows his fairy tales, and THE GRIMM CONCLUSION is just as satisfying as the previous books in the Grimm series. As always, he keeps the wonderfully gruesome parts and manages to infuse the story with a modern-day feel through his chatty narration and relatable characters. However, he takes the metafiction one step too far when Jorinda and Joringel venture out of the story and into Gidwitz's world: a Brooklyn public school classroom.

There Gidwitz does what he so skillfully avoided in A Tale Dark and Grimm and In a Glass Grimmly: He becomes didactic. Instead of having the characters figure out what they need to do to make their lives better, he has a grown-up give them the psychoanalytical reason for their pain and tells them how to fix it. This is a disappointing choice from a writer whose strength lies in the subtle way he imparts wisdom and life lessons through fairy-tale metaphors. Despite this, the exciting adventures of Jorinda and Joringel will keep readers engaged and will especially appeal to fans of the first two books.

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