Middle Grade Monday Review: The Fairy-Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm #1) by Michael Buckley

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Hey everyone!  We’ve moved Middle-Grade Monday over from our TBR and Beyond Facebook Group to the blog! Hopefully we can bring you lots of great reviews, topics and maybe even some author interviews!
I’m a massive middle-grade fan, and I’m always trying to get people to give it a shot! Hopefully these reviews will give you a better idea if you want to try out the books or not! That is the goal anyway!


Fairy-tale detectives
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Pages: 284
Pacing: Normal
Publisher: Amulet Books
Published: August 1st, 2005





For Sabrina and Daphne Grimm, life has not been a fairy tale. After the mysterious disappearance of their parents, the sisters are sent to live with their grandmother–a woman they believed was dead! Granny Relda reveals that the girls have two famous ancestors, the Brothers Grimm, whose classic book of fairy tales is actually a collection of case files of magical mischief. Now the girls must take on the family responsibility of being fairy tale detectives. – synopsis from Goodreads


“That’s why crazy people are so dangerous. You think they’re nice until they’re chaining you up in the garage.”

How did I miss this book in life?!?!?! Why did I never even hear about it! Thankfully I have remedied this situation and read the book!

This is what I expect in a great middle-grade novel. This book was well-written, had wonderful characters, great adventure, lots of humor and just an overall good time. I have no clue why I have never heard of this book, but I’m sure glad I stumbled past it in my library and it caught my eye. I adoreThe Brothers Grimm so when I saw that name attached to this book it was a no-brainer for me. I knew this book was going to be made just for me.

I had no real expectations with this books, since I had never heard of, so it was a very pleasant surprise to read something so great. I was pretty surprised at the humor in this one, it was something that adults could enjoy just as much as kids. There was nothing inappropriate though. I know some children’t movies and books have adult jokes in them that can kind of push the line – this wasn’t like that. It’s completely safe to let your kids read, in my opinion.

I’m a sucker for fairy tales and nursery rhyme characters and this had them in abundance. This book is what I was expecting from The Land of Stories but didn’t get. I don’t think there were any characters that I didn’t like and the kids weren’t annoying or whiny, which is a plus. They are sisters (hence the title) and their relationship with each other was very believable. Another huge plus for me with this book is that I LOVE that they included Puck in this story, for those who are familiar with that character I’m sure it will bring a smile to your face as well.

I would highly recommend this one. If there was a set for sale on the entire series, I would just go ahead and purchase it, that is how impressed I was with this first installment of the series. I will certainly continuing the series. Five stars all the way for me.


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