Grimmtastic Girls by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams! Plus a giveaway!

25 Mar

About the Books: The Grimmtastic Girls

I know, I know, you’re saying “Erik, this is a series for girls. Isn’t it?” Well I am here to admit, I love Ms. Holub’s and Ms. William’s Series The “Goddess Girls” and when I saw the chance to get to review their newest series “The Grimmtastic Girls” I jumped at it. Plus,  I think a lot of boys enjoy reading “girly” books and I say there’s nothing wrong with that! HUZZAH!

Here’s what I thought of the first two books in this new series:

These are a great series, and I love the concept of fractured fairy tales in an early MG book. 😉 I love that the teachers come from many fairy-tales – Mrs. Jabberwocky, Mr. Hump-Dumpty, etc. Kids will love to recognize the names and fairy tales they come from. I like that Mother Goose is the librarian at Grimm Academy. 🙂 Ms. Holub and Ms. William’s have a playful writing style that is fun to read. Grimm Academy is a very cool place that I think a lot of kids will love to read about. The books are a quick read for me but very enjoyable. These books (much like the Goddess Girls series) are great for young advanced readers and MG kids looking for a fun story.

Keep reading on for your chance to win a $50.00 Amazon gift certificate!

Book #1

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

Grimmtastic Girls: Cinderella Stays LateSummary: The authors of the hit Goddess Girls series put a fun and girly twist on another super-popular theme: fairy tales!

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 step-sisters 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!
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Book #2

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

Red Riding Hood Gets LostSummary: Red Riding Hood might have a terrible sense of direction, but her grimmtastic friends are always there to help!

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!
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About the Authors: Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams

Joan Holub

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

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Suzanne Williams

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

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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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Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice)

Contest ends: April 23, 11:59 pm, 2014

Open: Internationally

How to enter: Please enter by clicking on the Rafflecopter link below.

Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the authors, Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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27 Responses to “Grimmtastic Girls by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams! Plus a giveaway!”

  1. Angela Brown March 25, 2014 at 7:42 am #

    Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams have done it again! This looks like a great series. Will have to check this out!

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  2. Robyn Campbell (@authorswrite) March 25, 2014 at 9:02 am #

    I gotta get these books. Love Joan and Suzanne! Thanks for the well thought out review. As usual. Your reviews are ALWAYS spot on! 🙂 Have a great day at school. (With NO donuts.)

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks March 25, 2014 at 5:06 pm #

      Well, we got gum in school (doing the PSSAs (standardized testing for PA))! 😀

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  3. Alan Tucker March 25, 2014 at 9:43 am #

    Nothing wrong with guys reading girls books or vice versa. Besides, we guys have to do everything we can to figure out girls — they’re waaaay too complicated 😉 Great recommendations and keep ’em coming!

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks March 25, 2014 at 5:08 pm #

      Forget about trying to understand the “final frontier” – we should spend time trying to understand girls: the TRUE final frontier! 😉

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  4. Barbara March 25, 2014 at 10:05 am #

    Erik, I’ve never heard of these books but they sound fun! Do you think they’d be suitable for me to read to a class of six and seven year olds?

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  5. Patricia Tilton March 25, 2014 at 10:18 am #

    Am not familiar with this fractured fairy tales for middle graders. They must be good, if they appeal to boys. Great review.

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  6. LovableLobo March 25, 2014 at 2:21 pm #

    What fun books for tweens! Love the sound of these fractured fairy tales. Especially like that it appears there’s no big bad wolf threatening Red Riding Hood. ; ) Great review, SuperKid!

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks March 25, 2014 at 5:14 pm #

      They’re great, L.Lobo! 🙂 And, in the Red Riding Hood one, the guy is Wolfgang. 🙂

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  7. julie rowan zoch March 25, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

    Yay for more fractured tales! I do wish the Cinderella didn’t look like so precocious on the cover though. Yeah, that’s my one opinion, but I couldn’t help myself, but it would prevent me from purchasing it.

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks March 25, 2014 at 5:16 pm #

      What do you mean? I don’t think the cover is bad.

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      • julie rowan zoch March 25, 2014 at 7:02 pm #

        The off-the-shoulder dress. It’s an opinion – just one.

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      • thiskidreviewsbooks March 25, 2014 at 7:06 pm #

        Ah! My mom explained to me what you meant by precocious. People call me precocious, but not in that way. 😉

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      • julie rowan zoch March 26, 2014 at 1:05 am #

        Oh, no – sorry! I could have made a better word choice.

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  8. Darlene March 26, 2014 at 1:06 am #

    These books look great. Thanks for the chance to enter the give-away.

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  9. KidLitReviews March 27, 2014 at 6:39 pm #

    I love fractured fairy tales. Sounds great. We know boys love the series. Do you like girls would like it? 🙂 Your rafflecopter is sooooo long. Wow! Must be a fantastic book tour. Nice reviews Erik.

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks March 28, 2014 at 6:58 am #

      I joined up on a Mother-Daughter Book Reviews book tour. 🙂

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      • KidLitReviews March 28, 2014 at 1:53 pm #

        The tours sure are long. Wow. INteresting book. I like fractured fairy tales–trying to write one. 😦

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      • thiskidreviewsbooks March 31, 2014 at 9:20 am #

        Good luck! 😀

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  10. stanleyandkatrina April 2, 2014 at 4:25 pm #

    We MUST read these. Thank you for sharing!
    ~CM

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  11. Myra GB June 9, 2014 at 11:50 am #

    Wow, grimm-tastic. This is the first I’m hearing of it. Thank you for sharing these titles.

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