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The Sisters Grimm Book 1: The Fairy-Tale Detectives (Sisters Grimm) (original 2007; edition 2007)

by Michael Buckley, Peter Ferguson

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Title:The Sisters Grimm Book 1: The Fairy-Tale Detectives (Sisters Grimm)
Authors:Michael Buckley
Other authors:Peter Ferguson
Info:Amulet (2007), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 304 pages
Collections:Read but unowned, Donated
Tags:fiction, fantasy

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Bad things happen to the orphaned (so they think) Grimm sisters, a la Lemony Snicket, but without the wry narration and clever wordplay. Creative effort but made me uneasy, I think because I kept on thinking how careless they were in letting strange men in their house despite it being Rule Number One. So many warning bells in my head as the children carried on. Maybe actual children would find it more entertaining.

This kind of retelling has been done many other times (Gaiman, Fforde, NBC Grimm, Fables) and I liked and admired those versions. Somehow I did not warm up to this one. First, the whole conceit of the town. The original Grimm's plan of keeping all the characters contained was a really bad idea. Many of the beings are bigger and more powerful than humans. Can't imagine them giving up their freedom just because two German dudes said so.

Then, I didn't like one of the main characters much. I'm trying to make allowances because of the sudden loss of their parents, but Sabrina really acted like a jerk. What a little punk bitch. I wanted to shake her silly. She should have been shamed with the truth earlier on.

The characters also feel, well, 2D. Magical objects and characters just seemed conjured up as convenient. I like to feel that my fairy world has certain rules, however erratic. Puck actually felt the most realistic, because he was true to character.

Points for Dorothy's slippers being the original silver.
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  mrsrobin | Jun 24, 2017 |
The characters from all the old fairy tales live together in a small town on the east coast of the U.S., guarded by the descendants of the Grimm brothers. The current guard is Granny Relda Grimm, who takes in her two granddaughters, who have up to this point been raised away from the town and away from the knowledge of who they are and what happens in that town. Together they start down the path to discovering what happened to the girls' parents, who disappeared over a year ago.
Meh. It's okay. Sort of fun, even. But not fabulous. Charlie loved it, though, and wants to read more of the series. ( )
  electrascaife | May 23, 2017 |
Hard to follow; too violent; odd, unpleasant characters ( )
  Smoscoso | Aug 4, 2016 |
As I read this for a group discussion, I realized I had read it already. I guess it just wasn't all that memorable. I know I'm not going to bother looking for more in the series. However, I strongly suspect that if I'd read this when I was 8 or 9 I would have given it four stars and wanted to read the whole series.

I guess I just didn't quite feel involved. To me it seemed like the author had an idea of what he could sell, but didn't really have the full heart behind the effort. And his vision of some of the characters just didn't match mine.

I will admit that it got more complex, and richer, towards the end. I loved Daphne, especially as I got to know her better. And the pig policemen turned out not to be simple stereotypes. And there was a reason the grandmother was all mysterious at the beginning, besides just a gimmick to make us feel as suspicious and hostile as Sabrina felt. But that old trope of getting into trouble because of not paying attention to the dog, well, that could have been skipped.

Well, bottom line is, if you want to read it, do so. It's short enough it's not much of an investment, and you might just love it. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
This book drags a bit in the beginning but soon draws the reader into Ferryport Landing and all the wonderful characters that live there. I enjoyed sharing this book as a read aloud for my 4th and 5th grade classes. For many of them it was an introduction to fairy tale characters and lead me to read the original fairy tales to the students. The best part of this book was that it ignited the love of reading for many of my non-readers.
  Tracie_Shepherd | Apr 2, 2016 |
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THE DENSE FOREST BRANCHES scratched at their faces and arms, but Sabrina and Daphne couldn't stop runny, though they had long since passed the point of exhaustion. Fear was fueling each step now.

Another thunderous bellow rang in the distance, followed by the terrible sound of falling trees and shrieking animals.

"We have to find a way to stop it," Daphne cried between gasps.

Sabrina knew her little sister was right. But how? They were two children versus a vicious monster.

"I'll think of something," Sabrina said, dragging her sister behind an enormous oak tree for a much-needed rest. Sabrina squeezed her sister's hand to reassure her, while she forced oxygen into her own burning lungs. Her words were empty. She didn't have a plan. The only thing going on in her head was the thumping of blood roaring through her eardrums. But it made no difference. It had found them. Splintering wood and damp soil rained from the sky as the tree they stood next to was violently uprooted.

The two girls looked up into the horrible face above them and felt hot breath blow through their hair.

What's happened to our lives? Sabrina wondered. When had their world become unrecognizable? And what had happened to her, the eleven-year-old girl who only two days ago had been just an orphan on a train?
In memory of my grandparents, Basil and Relda Gandee
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I'm going to die of boredom here, Sabrina Grimm thought as she looked out the train window at Ferryport Landing, New York.
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Genre: Comedy and Humour, Mystery and Suspense, Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Series
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0810993228, Paperback)

In paperback for the first time, the Sisters Grimm take readers to a world where fairy tales are fact and not everyone is who they seem!

In book one of this bestselling series, sisters Sabrina and Daphne are sent to live with their mysterious grandmother, Relda Grimm. The sisters learn they are descendants of the Brothers Grimm, whose famous book of fairy tales is actually a collection of case files. The girls are the latest in a long line of fairy-tale detectives, and their new hometown is filled with Everafters (as magical folks like to be called)—some good and some very, very bad. When a mysterious Everafter sets a giant loose on the town, it’s up to the Sisters Grimm to save the day.

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Orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are sent to live with an eccentric grandmother that they have always believed to be dead.

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