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The Fairy-Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm #1)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  38,261 Ratings  ·  2,751 Reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 284 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Amulet Books (first published August 1st 2005)
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Oct 03, 2007 Bonnie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: younger fans of Jasper Ffrorde, fans of fractured fairy tales
This was a playful and fun book, with a few flaws.

Sabrina and Daphne's parents disapear one day out of the blue, and the police can't find them. They bounce from one horrible foster home to another, until an old lady comes forward claiming to be their Grandmother. This is weird, because their parents told them their Grandmother was dead. When they meet her, she tells them that they are descended from The Brother's Grimm, who wrote down true events that occured with real creatures. All of these c
Jun 23, 2007 Emma rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: infinitely patient fans of Vivian Vande Velde or Jasper Fforde
Michael Buckley begins this children's series with a compelling premise: The stories of the brothers Grimm and other fairy tale originators (Hans Christian Andersen, etc.) are all true. In a Tolkien-style spin, fairy tale creatures (called "Everafters") used to coexist with humans, but since then they have been exiled to a small town near the suburbs of NYC. The Grimm family is still around, monitoring the Everafters and suspicious crimes in the area.

Unfortunately, this premise offers little com
“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!

The Fairy-Tale Detectives is about two sisters who have gone from foster home to foster home and now are being claimed by their so-called grandmother, even though as far as they have known she is supposed to be dead. When the arrive at their grandmother's home all kinds of odd things start happening and it is
Jun 12, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sabrina Grimm has a few problems:

1. Her parents have disappered.

2. She's the oldest sibling, and we all know what that means.

3. She may or may not have Grandmother, who may or may not be crazy.

4. She isn't a teenager yet, which means she only gets until 9 o'clock.

5. She can't open windows.

6. She had foster parents who were way too partial to lima beans.

7. She knows fashion impaired people.

8. Some boy wants to drown her.

While for children, this book will be enjoyed by adults. The premise is somew
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
The Fairy-Tale Detectives is a pleasant audiobook read that fans of fairy tales (young and those who are young at heart) will probably enjoy. I liked the idea that the Grimms were actually a real family of chroniclers whose legacy continues into the present. Sisters Sabrina and Daphne make for likeable, fun protagonists. I felt for them in that they had lost their parents and were adrift and lacking family and a home. Their grandmother is the kind of gramps you dream of. Although Sabrina was ver ...more
Mairéad (is roaming the Undying Lands)
“The night is young, and by the grace of magic, so are we.”

2 stars, even 2.5 stars at best.

Unfortunately this didn't make me feel as young as I should be. In fact, I felt bored and felt like reading this was a bit of a chore, which is sad. Again it might have something to do with reading my previous book at the same time so I pretty much could say, out of the both of them--this one was the lesser. :/

Daphne and several characters were the saving graces for me, whereas Sabrina merely dominated t
Apr 17, 2008 Rachel rated it liked it
Recommends it for: children under twelve, especially girls
My ten-year-old sister reads all sorts of stuff, and I kind of feel a responsibility to make sure that what she's reading has some literary value. Hence, my discovery of "The Sisters Grimm" series.

My initial reaction was that the style of the writing didn't fit the heftiness of the book itself. Weighing in at almost two hundred pages, I was expecting a little more literary depth. The premise is fun; bringing "fairy tale" characters to life and using two ordinary girls as the protagonists definit
Aug 21, 2007 Jennie rated it it was amazing
Sabrina can’t believe that her grandmother thinks fairy tales are real. She really can’t believe that fairy tale characters live right in Ferryport. She really, really, really can’t believe that a local farm house didn’t blow up and was really stepped on by a giant. But then Mayor Charming and Glinda the Good Witch are involved in a cover-up and a giant kidnaps Granny Grimm! The Grimm sisters know they need to help and enlist the help of Shakespeare’s Puck, Jack the Giant Killer, and the Magic M ...more
This is a light-hearted and faced-paced book. It's slightly snarky humor and slap-stick action sequences are designed to appeal to younger readers.

For fans of fairy tales and fairy tale retellings, the definition of fairy tales used here is annoyingly broad--included are characters from L. Frank Baum, Lewis Carroll, and Rudyard Kipling. Also, the author does little with these characters to make them his own. The book's many cliches may be new to the target audience, but will taste stale to many
Mar 06, 2011 NebraskaIcebergs rated it it was ok
I love fairy tales! Any wonder that when I spied The Fairy Tale Detectives at my local library, I had to borrow it. The book is the first in a series called The Sisters Grimm. With there being six more books in the set, I'd have my reading set for a month. Unfortunately, my love of fairy tales is what left me less than happy with this book.

The book's first chapter reminded of the popular The Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket, both in set up and tone. The Grimms' sisters are orphans and
Sep 29, 2010 Brenda rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyonewho enjoy fairy tales, and mysteries as well as a good amount of adventure
Shelves: fantasy
I was first attracted to this series by the cover art which is beautifully illustrated by Peter Ferguson and really set the mood of the story with just the right amount of creepiness and gives an accurate image of the two sisters in the story. I loved that the story was dedicated to his grandparents Basil and Relda Gandee and he even used his grandmother’s name in the story. I enjoyed the dark silhouettes of children and fairy tale characters that appear at the beginning of each chapter. It gave ...more
Jan 14, 2016 Hailey rated it liked it
Love the originality to collect princes/princesses, heroes, fairies, giants and magicians from original works in the same place and make them LIVE. It changes and reinterprets these classical characters in a smart and interesting ways.
Dec 14, 2011 Miriam rated it it was ok
Appealing notion, but the writing and characterization were not strong enough to hold my interest. Maybe if I were ten... Although even then I'm not sure, because none of the characters really appealed to me. The orphaned kids discovering special magical heritage has been done a lot better.
Aug 14, 2014 Erin rated it really liked it
What really made me pick up this book and read it is the fact that it's about the Grimm's fairy tales. I can't resist anything to do with the Brothers Grimm or fairy tales in general, and this little mystery series was just perfect for what it is. Now I'm not calling it a literary masterpiece, but for 9 and 10 year old girls, this is got to be one of the best series out there.

Despite the fact that most of this series has to do with wild, crazy, fairy tale happenings, the two main characters (Sab
Orphans Sabrina (11 year old) and Daphne (7 year old) go to live with their grandmother (who they thought was dead) in the town of Ferryport Landing. After the disappearance of their parents, they go through numerous foster homes. They soon find out that their grandmother is a very strange person who says that the town is filled with fairy-tale beings.

Daphne believes her, Sabrina does not, until their grandmother gets kidnapped by a Giant that is the cause for the destruction in the town. Sabrin
May 25, 2008 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidlit
This is a fun book, a mystery set in a small town where all the fairy tale characters (actually, all characters from children't literature) have come to live quietly among humans. I had a hard time with the older of the two girls. She was mistrustful of grownups to the point of annoyance, but by the end I liked her as well as her sister. This is the first in a series, and I'm looking forward to reading the others. I really loved the descriptions of the different characters, like the Queen of Hea ...more
Aug 21, 2012 Alexandra rated it really liked it
This book was better than I was expecting. It was just a normal day and I was out of books to read, so, after rumaging through my parents' bookshelves, I came across this book. I picked it up and thought "Just another children's book that will have no meaning, I guess I'll give it a try." As soon as I start reading I'm sucked into this children's book that is full of fantasy and connections to the classic fairy tales. This is a quick and satisfactory read.
Feb 02, 2009 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What if every fairy tale you've ever read was really a record of actual people and events? Sabrina and Daphne are about to find out there's more to their favorite stories than they ever dreamed. Sent to live with a grandmother they never knew existed after their parents' mysterious "disappearance," the sisters are shocked to discover that they're actually descendants of the famous Brothers Grimm. As such they are heirs to an often-dangerous family legacy -- investigating the activities of "Evera ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Feb 03, 2014 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, youth
The best word for this (little) book is "cute" I think. I put it on a shelf I call "youth" as in many ways it's very young and if my kids were small I'd read it to them. On the other hand there are "jokes" or "humorous remarks" that older readers will appreciate.

We start with two "orphans" who have ended up in the care of a dried up lady who dislikes kids but somehow ended up running an orphanage. There have been a chain of....unfortunate foster parents (to use a Lemony Snicketism). Of course t
Buckley has created a world in which humans and fairy-tale creatures live side-by-side in rural New York in an uneasy alliance. Brought here by Wilhelm Grimm in an attempt to save them, the Everafters are now kept in check by the man's descendants.

Enter the descendants of the Brothers Grimm, Sabrina and Daphne Grimm, two sisters seemingly abandoned by their parents, who have been brought to live with a grandmother whom they thought was dead. Heartbroken and wary, the girls are immediately swept
Feb 02, 2011 Karen rated it did not like it
Terrible, annoying, terrible book.

Fairy tale creatures are all real and live in a little town north of New York. Fairy tale here including any fictional characters the author feels like including that are safely out of copyright so he also pilfers Oz and Wonderland.

The two protagonists are genre-stupid to the point of disbelieving things that are happening right in front of them for at least the first half of the book. Initially I thought this was a plot point about their father keeping them ign
Apr 19, 2012 Ensiform rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Two girls, eleven-year-old Sabrina Grimm and seven-year-old Daphne, have been in foster homes since their parents disappear. Out of the blue, they are sent to a woman claiming to be their grandmother, who spins a strange tale of all the fairy tales being true and the Grimm family destined to watch over the Everafters like detectives. Sabrina thinks the old lady is insane, until a 200-foot giant snatches the car with Grandma and her helper Mr. Canis in it.

It’s highly enjoyable stuff, and kids wil
Courtney Umlauf
Sabrina and Daphne Grimm's parents, their only known family, have disappeared. After a year and a half in and out of foster homes, the girls find out that they have a grandma they've never heard of. They arrive at her house only to be informed that the girls come from a long line of fairy tale "detectives". For the last 200 years, they've been cleaning up magical problems in the town of Ferryport Landing, a town filled with characters from fairy tales and children's literature. The girls have to ...more
Richard Due
Jan 02, 2013 Richard Due rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, own-it
Clever, funny, smart, and full of wonderful reveals. I've been wanting to start this series for a long time, but ever since my wife and I opened a bookstore (21 years ago), I've been swimming in books that I SIMPLY MUST READ. But now I've gone and done it: I've started the series. And it is every bit as good as my children have been promising me.

My oldest child read the series while it was being written, meaning she had to wait between books. It's very humorous to hear her talk: Oh, you want bor
Feb 01, 2013 Alison rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
My almost-10-year-old niece picked this out for my Christmas present this year, and I read it surrounded by children passionate about books, on a beach holiday - perfect setting.

The good - the book is read-aloud funny in places; the characters are likeable, relatable and multi-faceted (always a relief for children, often written as one-dimensional). The world is compelling, with a battery of characters and a believable mythology. There is a refreshing absence of stereotypes.

The irritating - the
The Holy Terror
May 31, 2009 The Holy Terror rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people that enjoy the Shrek movies
What a fun story! I think if you love the Shrek movies then you'd get a kick out of this series. It was really enjoyable to read about all the different fairy-tale characters, especially the ones that had assimilated into the human world. And I have to say that I didn't figure out what was going on until almost the same time as the girls, but I liked that it kept me guessing. I'm definitely going to read the next in this series!
Aug 01, 2012 Dr. rated it it was amazing
Last Cristmas I recived the Sisters grimm series as my present from my uncle and his girlfriend. After reading the back, I put them on my bookshelf. About a year later I uncoved them, having nothing else to read, I curled up and started the first book. 3 days later, I hade finised the series. Now I love them! They are my all-time favorite books, and I am recomending them to everyone! So if you are looking for books to read, these are your books!
Nov 20, 2015 Nicholas rated it it was amazing
it was a really good book
Jan 23, 2012 Andrea rated it really liked it
I'm reading these for bookclub with my niece. She stumbled upon the series, and after reading the first one announced that she really needed someone else to read them so that she could talk about the book! Hooray for books generating community, even (or especially) the community between a niece and an aunt. By the time I got a chance to request the book from the library, she'd read the first three in the series, and thus so did I, and we discuss them next weekend. I meant to stagger them out ove ...more
May 03, 2011 Emily rated it it was ok
Overall, this book is not bad, but it's not what I was hoping to read. Sabrina and Daphne Grimm have been through foster home after foster home after their parents mysteriously vanished. But this time the girls' social worker - unrealistically sour and mean - is sending them to live with a grandmother they'd always believed was dead. Turns out, "Granny Relda" is quite alive, and is living and working in Ferryport Landing as a "fairy-tale detective." The back story is that the fairy tales that th ...more
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