Friday, January 8, 2010

The Sisters Grimm The Fairytale Dectectives by Michael Buckley

I have to confess this quaint looking hard cover book has been on my reading pile for many months. Not sure why I waited to read it. This is a terrific book if you love references to fairy tales and nursery rhymes and other famous literary characters.

A good example of these references is when Mayor Charming (yes he is really Prince Charming of those famous tales Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel) hosts a special ball. Our heroines Sabrina and her sister Daphne attend the ball disguised as the Woodsman and Mama Bear.

“A car pulled up in front of the house and a blond woman in a blue bonnet and puffy dress got out. She reached into the back seat for a long white staff with a curled end. Before the attendant could close the door for her, half a dozen lambs tumbled out and eagerly followed the woman inside.”

Sabrina and Daphne are the Grimm sisters. Granny Relda Grimm has been kidnapped by a giant after someone plants a bean stalk seed. Is Jack (of Jack and the Beanstalk) the best Everafter character of Ferryport or is that Fairyport to employ to save the day or have Sabrina and Daphne just made the most terrible mistake possible?

This is book one of The Sisters Grimm and I am keen to keep reading. This book would be a great family read-a-loud.

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