A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that kids love the well-realized, magical world of fractured fairy tales, and girls-against-the-world adventures author Michael Buckley creates in the Sisters Grimm series. The sister heroes of these books live in foster homes because their detective parents have disappeared, making them vulnerable to abusive guardians and members of the evil Scarlet Hand (a society that wants to take over the human and fairy tale worlds). These are very suspenseful stories, with frightening villains and lots of gore-free violence, including spear battles, bombs (a school is blown up with no one in it), and occasionally murder. One of the most frightening characters in the series is actually Little Red Riding Hood-- portrayed here as a psychotic kidnapper. Note that whereas the first three books are fairly light and suitable for 8- and 9-year-old readers, the later books may be too dark for under-10s.
What's the story?
In the nine Sisters Grimm books, sisters Daphne and Sabrina Grimm are the daughters of detective parents, who disappeared before the beginning of Book 1. The girls have been bounced among various foster homes, where they've often been mistreated as servants and scapegoats. They then end up with their grandmother, Relda, who reveals that they're living among Everafters: real-life characters from children stories. The girls also learn that an evil society, The Scarlet Hand, is trying to take over the world, and they need to go through all the Grimms to do it.
Is it any good?
The Sisters Grimm books are full of clever devices and twists on familiar characters. One Prince Charming is a reformed alcoholic. Sleeping Beauty runs a coffee shop. Little Red Riding Hood is a psychotic kidnapper. Young readers will be entertained and fascinated to see these storybook icons in totally different roles, and each well-paced novel is more suspenseful than the last.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the the original Brothers Grimm fairy tales and find out how the characters and stories in the Sisters Grimm series were envisioned two centuries ago. How are these new stories different?
Which is your favorite book in the series, and why?
Try writing and illustrating your own "fractured fairy tale."
- Author: Michael Buckley
- Illustrator: Peter Ferguson
- Genre: Fantasy
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Adventures, Book Characters, Brothers and Sisters, Fairy Tales, Great Girl Role Models
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Abrams
- Publication date: August 28, 2005
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 12
- Number of pages: 312
- Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
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For kids who love fairy tales
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