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The Fairy Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm, Book 1) (Bk.1) Hardcover – August 1, 2005
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Grade 4-6–Buckley has created a world in which humans and fairy-tale creatures live side-by-side in rural New York in an uneasy alliance. Brought here by Wilhelm Grimm in an attempt to save them, the Everafters are now kept in check by the man's descendants. Enter Sabrina and Daphne Grimm, two sisters seemingly abandoned by their parents, who have been brought to live with a grandmother whom they thought was dead. Heartbroken and wary, the girls are immediately swept up in a mystery that includes giants, pixies, fairies, and witches. Readers well grounded in their fairy tales will get the most pleasure from recognizing the characters–Prince Charming, Jack-the-Giant-Killer, the Three Pigs, the Magic Mirror, and more–but the fast pace, sly humor, and cleverly inserted vocabulary lessons will entertain even those who are meeting the characters for the first time. Softly rounded, black-and-white illustrations and old-fashioned silhouettes at the chapter headings complete the first-rate design of this madcap adventure.–Sharon Grover, Arlington County Department of Libraries, VA
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Gr. 4-6. After their parents disappear, sisters Daphne and Sabrina Grimm are placed with a grandmother they have never heard about. Sabrina, the eldest, is highly suspicious; why didn't their parents mention Granny Relda? She grows more concerned once they arrive at Relda's home in the New England town of Ferryport Landing, where Relda serves emerald-green meatballs in rooms lined with books about magic. Then Relda reveals the truth: the Grimms are descended from the famous storytelling brothers, and Ferryport Landing is a magical town, populated with "Everafters," characters straight from fairy tales. After Relda goes missing, it's up to the girls, and their new magical friends, to rescue her and stop a corrupt politician--a well-cast Prince Charming. Buckley's debut novel gets bogged down in labored world building and sometimes stilted prose, but the wild parade of magical folk in the gleefully fractured fairy tales (Snow White teaches school; the Three Little Pigs are policemen) may draw some fans. A second volume in the Sisters Grimm series, The Unusual Suspects, is also available. Gillian Engberg
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Top Customer Reviews
The story is about two sisters Sabrina age eleven and Daphne age seven who have been orphaned after their parents vanished. After being placed unsuccessfully in numerous foster homes they are finally placed with a woman who claims to be their grandmother, Relda. The sisters were raised being told that their grandmother was dead, so while Daphne is just relieved to be in a better home than the last, Sabrina is very skeptical of the woman and her claims of being their grandmother. To add to the skepticism Granny Relda informs the girls that they are ancestors of the famous Brothers Grimm and that the town they will be living in, Ferryport, is filled with “Ever-Afters” (A.K.A. fairy tale characters). Sabrina thinks granny is down right crazy until she and her sister have an encounter with an actual giant, proving granny is telling the truth after all!! The story only gets better from there as these two sisters begin an adventure filled with magic and fantasy as they must rescue their newly met granny and her good friend Mr. Canis from the giant. The girls begin their rescue mission in a town filled with “Ever-Afters” as they try to figure out who is trustworthy to help them on their journey and who is not.
You will no doubt be satisfied with the story line and the cast that includes some classic fairy tale characters such as Jack, from Jack and the Beanstalk, Prince Charming and The Three Little Pigs. This book is very affordable you can pick up a copy of it online for around $8. To make the book even better it has a very interesting plot twist and the bad guy may not be so “bad” after all!! This book is very easy to read and you will enjoy the adventure and fantasy elements of this must-read book that is satisfying for readers of all ages.
We are definitely looking forward to reading more books in the series.
"Definitely recommended!", says the audience!
engaged in the book. The conversation that
goes through the book is so interesting-
even the conversation that doesn't involve
any dialogue, like Sabrina's feelings. Another thing is how daphne is so strong. It talks about how courageous Sabrina is, but if you think about it, daphne is so young, only seven yrs. old, and she has a very confident level of her own. One of my favorite parts, is how they left us hanging, but not really- they said to be continued, but it didn't end in the middle of some sort of big fight- it was the perfect way to say, "keep reading, it just got exciting!"
My oldest child read the series while it was being written, meaning she had to wait between books. It's very humorous to hear her talk: Oh, you want borrow book two now, huh? (this series lives on a shelf in her room) Do you KNOW how long I had to wait for book two? or book 3? or book 4? (then she narrows her eyes, and a cold chill seeps into her voice ) I had to wait between every book in this series. Do you have ANY idea how lucky you have it?
Yes. I do.
I do. I do. I do.
One last thing: Peter Ferguson's illustrations are to die for.(less)