Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to provide a review of the middle grade fractured fairy tale “Grimmtastic Girls: Goldilocks Breaks In” by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams. Review completed by Danielle (the daughter).
Title: Grimmtastic Girls: Goldilocks Breaks In | Authors: Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams | Publication Date: April 28, 2015 | Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks | Pages: 192 | Recommended Ages: 8-12 | Reviewed by: Danielle (Daughter)
Book Description: Once upon a time, in faraway Grimmlandia . . .
Goldilocks is so eager to make friends at Grimm Academy, she’s even tempted to accept an invitation to join E.V.I.L. — it’s just nice to be included! But she doesn’t want to be a villain. Can Goldie get inside the secret society and do some good?
1. What is the book about?
This book tells the fractured fairy tale story of Goldilocks. Goldilocks is fairly new to Grimm academy and wants to make a lot of new friends but when she gets an invitation to join E.V.I.L. society she finally feels like she has friends. But she doesn’t really want to be a villain so when Red, Cinda, Snow and Rapunzel discover Goldilock’s invitation, they realize that Goldilocks could help them defeat E.V.I.L. society! Now Goldilocks must figure out a way to pretend to be a member of E.V.I.L. and keep it a secret.
2. Who are the main characters?
The main character is Goldie who wants nothing more than to have friends. When two members of E.V.I.L. decide to befriend her she is happy to have new friends but she doesn’t really want to be evil like them. So when Cinda, Red, Snow and Rapunzel befriend her, she decides to accept the invitation to join E.V.I.L. so she can spy on them.
3. What are your favorite parts of the book?
I really liked how Goldie was like a double agent pretending to work for E.V.I.L., except she was actually trying to stop E.V.I.L. I always like books where the villain is pretending to be nice because they think the main character is on their side until they realize that the main character is actually trying to stop them.
4. Was there anything that you didn’t like or that didn’t make sense?
Everything made complete sense and everything was written really clearly. I understood everything!
5. What are some of the things you learned from the book?
I learned from this book that all you need to do to make friends is to be true to yourself and don’t try to be anyone else. It’s really hard to be the new kid in a school, but in time, you make friends who are just like you.
6. What do you think of the book cover and other images?
I really liked the cover of the book. It’s really cool because at first glance you think, “Oh look! It’s the Library of Grimm Academy with random stuff in it”. But when you look at it closely you realize that it’s the “B” section of the library and everything starts with the letter “B” (bears, books, bubbles, basket, banjo, bell, butterfly) everything except for Goldilocks and her ring of keys (which she uses to open a safe in the library).
7. Overall, what did you think about the book?
I thought this book was really cool and fun. I read it in only one sitting because I couldn’t put it down!
8. Who do you think would like this book?
I think girls 7-12 would like this book.
About the Authors
Joan Holub’s fascination with mythology inspired Mini Myths, a new board book series that translates famous myths into situations familiar to preschoolers. The first four titles are Be Patient, Pandora!, Play Nice, Hercules!, Brush Your Hair, Medusa! and Make A Wish, Midas! published by Abrams Appleseed. Joan co-authors two other mythology series for Simon and Schuster, Goddess Girls (ages 8-12) and Heroes in Training (ages 7-10). Her picture book, Mighty Dads, was a New York Times bestseller in 2014.
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Suzanne Williams is the award-winning author of nearly 40 books for children, from picture books and easy readers to chapter books and middle grade fiction series. A former elementary school librarian, she lives near Seattle. Her picture book Library Lil (illustrated by Steven Kellogg) won the New Mexico children’s choice award in 2000 and was on several other state award lists. She is co-author (with Joan Holub) of the popular Goddess Girls series (for ages 8 – 12) and Heroes in Training (ages 6 – 11). Other series include Fairy Blossoms and Princess Power.