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Revisted: The Sisters Grimm: The Problem Child by Michael Buckley

The third book in the series picks up at the cliffhanger The Unusual Suspect leaves us at. In this book of the series Little Red Riding Hood is a certified loonie and with her “kitten” the Jabberwocky she wreaks havoc on Ferryport. A mysterious and magic using uncle shows up and the girls continue their quest to find their parents. Buckley in some ways has further developed his wit and incorporates an “anti-drug” theme through issues of the eldest Grimm, Sabrina, becoming addicted to magic. As much as I enjoyed this book Buckley has fallen prey to the problems that develop with reintroducing the story: a lot of description is very repetitive and retelling the plot is rather tedious (i.e. Baby Sitter’s Club anyone?) and I found myself scanning through much of this. Otherwise, once again I give kudos to Buckley for intertwining fairy tales, folklore, and myths in an engaging way as well as picking certain themes to specifically target children.

I concur!

Other opinions: Book Nut.

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