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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.

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Revisted: The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley

The first in the addictive and adorable Sisters Grimm series, The Fairy-Tale Detectives provides the “abandoned” background of the sisters, how they wound up with their grandmother, their discovery of the fairy-tale characters, and all playing out while a giant is on the loose. Part of my growing warmth for the series is in response to a children’s book offering some great female leads and particularly within the sci-fi/fantasy genre. An excellent series for anyone who has loved “fairy tales.”

I definitely have a hang up on finding fun, warm, intelligent, though imperfect female characters in children’s and young adult’s books. I was discussing at work yesterday that I think I read less when I was a child than I really thought I did and especially once I hit the junior high years. I don’t think this had anything to do with lack of encouragement (my mother was a librarian for some years). In retrospect, I wonder if I just had a difficult time finding books with protagonists I identified with (something oddly enough I don’t care about in my adult reading). After all, a girl can only read Harriet the Spy so many times.

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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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