Thursday, June 11, 2009
The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley
Title: The Sisters Grimm Book One: The Fairy-Tale Detectives
Author: Michael Buckley
Genre: YA Fantasy
Premise: Orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are sent to live with an eccentric grandmother that they have always believed to be dead. (King County Library System)
Opinions: After the disappearance of their parents, and several trips to foster homes, Sabrina and Daphne are sent to live with their Grandmother Rhelda (who they thought was dead) in a town names Ferryport Landing. However, the surprises only start there as they learn that Ferryport is filled with children's storybook characters, known as "everafters", who are real and alive. The three little pigs are the local sherrifs, Prince Charming is the mayor, and Snow White is the local elementary school teacher and martial arts expert. The Grimm sisters learn that they are the descendants of the famous Brothers Grimm, and that it is their family's responsibility to protect the everafters (even from themselves) and act as detectives to resolve any mysterious events that may occur.
I love the twists and turns of this book. It is fascinating to discover what characters will pop up from all sorts of classical literature and fairytales in the most unusual places. I love Granny Rhelda, Daphne, Puck and many, many others. Though, I did find Sabrina Grimm sometimes overly stubborn and emotional, but considering her age, what she is going through, and what is expected of her, it is understanding. The story is intriguing, the characters are fascinating, and the overall story idea brilliant. I highly recommend this whole series to everyone, and am positive that parents and children alike will enjoy it.