For the Fan of Fractured Fairytales

The Sisters Grimm Fairytale Detectives

The Pick: The Sisters Grimm, The Fairytale Detectives by Michael Buckley

The Plot: Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are shipped off to live with their grandmother after their parents don’t come home one day. A grandmother they thought had died years before. When they arrive, they find an eccentric woman with an even more eccentric house. Is Relda Grimm telling them the truth about being their grandmother, or is she playing some strange joke on the two girls? When a giant comes to call, Sabrina and Daphne must decide in a hurry who to believe, or maybe more importantly, what fairytales to believe in.

The Pro/Cons: At our house, fractured fairytales are the soup d’jour. We eat them like candy, and not the weird kind of candy left over from Halloween, the good candy, you know, like Twix or Dark Milky Way bars or Reese’s Peanut Butter cups. Yum… Candy… Wait, back on track. Fractured fairytales litter our bookshelves and fill our floor space, so it takes quite a bit to impress us. The Sisters Grimm series ranks up there in our favorites. I won’t say it takes top spot as I think there are others that rank slightly higher (like the Land of Stories books by Chris Colfer), but The Sisters Grimm definitely makes the top ten. I hadn’t read any of the stories prior to this week, and my daughters are on number 8, so I figured I should add The Fairytale Detectives to my #30inNovember list.

I really enjoyed this book. The characters are re-imagined well, and the story was compelling. I laughed out loud in several places and was surprised by a few twists. This book would make a really great movie. I recommend it to all fractured fairytale fans with only a few cons for parents to consider. Cons: There is a brief mention of drinking/being drunk and there are parts where the characters get injured, bleed, and are threatened with being eaten. If your child is sensitive to these things, you may wish to steer clear.

The Perfect Book For: Fractured fairytale fans—especially ones who have graduated from the Whatever After series. Target age: 10-15.