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Children's Fiction Adaptations

Things Are Looking Grimm, Jill

by (author) Dan Bar-el

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Mar 2006
Adaptations, General, Humorous Stories
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2006
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Sep 2013
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
  • Reading age: 9 to 12


Princess Jill excels at jousting, fencing, skating and long-distance spitting. Her brother, King Jack, loves baking and spending time with Little Bo Peep and her sheep. So what's a princess to do when she receives a mysterious letter from the land of Grimm? Take up ballroom dancing? Not Princess Jill. All alone, with only her wits to guide her, Jill sets off to rescue the citizens of Grimm. Along the way she makes many odd new friends and discovers the value of listening to your mother.

About the author


Dan Bar-el est un auteur à succès, un pédagogue et un conteur qui a publié des romans, des albums illustrés et des bandes dessinées. Depuis vingt et un ans, il travaille avec des enfants de trois à treize ans en tant que prestataire de services de garde et donne des cours de théâtre et d'écriture. Dan habite à Vancouver.


Dan Bar-el believes that the highest compliment a preschool child can pay is to call one silly. He carries the label with honor. "Preschool children have no patience for 'jokes,'" he says. "Ask one to tell you a knock-knock joke and, painfully, you'll see my point. But nothing gets a giggle like the absurd. Nothing is funnier than turning the rules on their heads." And that is exactly what Dan has done in his new book, in which each of twenty-six children is named for a child he has taught. The author of Things are Looking Up, Jack and Things are Looking Grimm, fill, Dan lives, writes and teac

Dan Bar-el's profile page


  • Winner, Silver Birch Express
  • Commended, CCBC Our Choice
  • Commended, Canadian Toy Testing Council Recommended Books
  • Short-listed, CLA Book of the Year for Children nominee

Excerpt: Things Are Looking Grimm, Jill (by (author) Dan Bar-el)

As Jill headed toward the door her mother suddenly called out, "You are going into the land of Grimm. It's not the same as our kingdom. Sometimes a sense of humour is the best weapon a person can carry."

Editorial Reviews

"An excellent read-aloud choice...Bar-el's sense of humour will definitely appeal to children aged 8-11...Humour and characters will [also] appeal to older readers, thus making it an excellent high-interest book. Recommended."

CM Magazine

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