Adventures in Reading


Revisited: The Sisters Grimm: The Unusual Suspects by Michael Buckley

Mix a bit of Shrek and Harry Potter together, toss in a female lead and you find yourself with the rather addictive Sisters Grimm series. While I started with the second book, Buckley takes a few pages to catch the reader up that the Sisters Grimm are descendants of the Brothers Grimm and as a result of the fairy tale characters being persecuted in Europe, they now live in a small town in the USA; however, a spell has been cast and the Everafters (a.k.a. fairy tale characters) must remain in Ferryport Landing and coincide with humans. Specifically with this volume of the series, strange happenings begin to occur at school when some teachers wind up dead. The valuable lesson in this children’s book (and a good one): don’t allow stereotypes and bigotry to guide your views and opinions. The one annoying aspect about this series from an adult is that Buckley does not differentiate between fairy tales, folklore, myths, legends, fables, nursery rhymes, etc and thus never explains how, for example, a trickster king from mythology lives and is restricted to the town.

The Sisters Grimm series is an okay series. From what I recall some of the early books suffer from series syndrome, the middle ones are somewhat dull, but the latest ones are picking up. I can’t say it’s the best series in the children’s department, but it’s pretty good and a quick and fun read for anyone who loves fairy tales.

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