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The Fairy Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm, Book 1): Bk.1 Hardcover – 25 Nov 2005

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (25 Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810959259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810959255
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.5 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 680,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is Michael Buckley's first book. He was written and developed shows for Nickelodeon, Disney, MTV Animation, the Sci-Fi Channel, and VH1. His shows The Mole People and The New Sideshow can be seen regularly on the Discovery Channel. Michael also writes a monthly internet column for The Idiot Magazine. He lives in New York City.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. Bailey on 1 Sept. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Bought this on the spur of the moment whilst putting in an order for other items. Thought my 12-year old might enjoy it, but a bit of a gamble really - a birthday 'extra'.

She didn't particularly rush to read it - didn't think it was her kind of book - but having finished her current book she picked this one up and loved it. Said she couldn't put it down - really 'grabbed' her imagination from the first page ! Raved about it constantly until I read it (and really enjoyed it too) and then nagged me to death until I bought the second book (which I'll definitely read)!

Really enjoyable book - a bit quirky, taking all the fairy tales you've ever known and turning them on their head. Try it now - we're glad we did !
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rubbah on 7 Feb. 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have to admit I did pick up the book for the cover but was not disapointed ehen I read it! The characters were good and along with popular fairy tale characters, like snow white, the 3 little pigs, ect, there were characters from alice in wonderland and the jungle book(amongst others). This is one of those children's books that will be enjoyed by everyone.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 Sept. 2008
Format: Paperback
In the year and a half since their parents disappeared, Sabrina and Daphne Grimm have bounced around from one foster family to another, all of them horrid. And things aren't looking up. They've just been dropped off with their Granny Relda in the two of Ferrypoint Landing, New York. The problems? Ferrypoint Landing looks like a boring small town. And the girls had grown up believing that their grandmother was dead.

While Daphne quickly attaches herself to her strange new relative, Sabrina is far from willing to give her a chance. Especially when the woman starts telling the girls that they are the decendants of the Brothers Grimm and the stories are real. The case of a supposed giant in the area further irritates Sabrina. Is Granny Relda telling the truth? Is so, how can they stop a giant?

This series may be aimed at kids, but any adult would love it as well. I got such a kick out of seeing just who would pop up in the story. And the book doesn't just stick to traditional fairy tales. Characters from the Oz series and Alice in Wonderland pop up, for example.

The story started off a little slowly, mainly because it needed time to set things up. Once the book truly got going, I couldn't put it down. A couple scenes might frighten young children, but I think most of the intended audience should be okay with the events.

This isn't your normal happily ever after fairy tale. It is fairy tales for a post modern world. It is absolutely inventive and fun. I can't wait to read the second in the series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lily on 28 Jan. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Two young and apperently orphaned sisters are sent to live with a grandma they had been told was dead.Daphene the younger who is very affectionate loves her Granny but Sabrina the elder and more cautious doesn't trust her nanny one bit.

And her susipsions grow when her so-said nanna starts rambling on about fairy-tales characters named Ever-afters who live in magical disguse in the town and who are unger spell made that forbids them to step out side the barrier of the town.According to the old woman this spell will last untill the last Grimm is dead.

She tells the girls that they are Grimms and that their job is to keep peace between humans and everafters.

Should the girls believe her or is "Granny" just am old crazy woman?

This book is highly enjoyable and is for ages 9+.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ancient Mariner on 28 Jun. 2015
Format: Paperback
These books are great fun, but they play very fast and loose with the characters from the Grimm Fairy Tales and the plots of those tales. If you take the Grimms very seriously, which a lot of people do, you may not be happy with them being sort of goofed on. On the other hand, if you are passingly familiar with the tales, but not deeply into them, you may get a kick out of the fun that Buckley has reimagining modern lives for these well known characters.

That said, it is the Grimm angle that gives the books in this series their kick. Without it, the actual plots, the heroines, the level of writing, and the overall appeal, is about average for middle grade fantasy/adventure. (I actually prefer Mull's "Fablehaven" series, which does the same sort of thing with mythical creatures, which are protected in various "preserves".)

So, well worth considering, with a good chance of catching a young reader's fancy.
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