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

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  32,375 ratings  ·  2,477 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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Bonnie Gayle
Oct 03, 2007 Bonnie Gayle rated it 4 of 5 stars
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 2 of 5 stars
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
Mairéad (is exploring a floating city)
“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
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
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
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
Apr 17, 2008 Rachel rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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
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.
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
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 5 of 5 stars
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
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
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.
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
Mike (the Paladin)
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
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
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
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
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
Richard Due
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
Alison Dellit
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
Seth Mavigliano
How do you write a successful young adult story? The recipe is simple: one or more orphaned children (both incredibly talented and kind), a crazy relative they’ve never met, a strange town full of weird and crazy people, and a plethora of magical and mythical creatures. Thousands of young adult books follow this pattern to a T--The Sisters Grimm is no exception. It is quite possibly one of the most predictable book I’ve ever read. The plot is completely overused--orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm ...more
Book Angel Emma
Review by Jack - Year 7

This is a book about two girls – Sabrina and Daphne – who are German-American orphans with the surname Grimm. They discover they are descended from the famous brothers Grimm and have inherited their ancestors’ role as fairy-tale detectives. They are soon swept up in their first adventure: they must help their grandmother (Relda Grimm) to stop a rampaging giant from destroying Ferryport (Fairyport) Landing. The Fairy-tale Detectives is the first in a series of six.
When I r
it was a really good book
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!
The Holy Terror
May 31, 2009 The Holy Terror rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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!
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile

A little bit Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile, a little Fablehaven, this story is definitely aimed at younger kids. In a way, being only vaguely story with the fairy-tale stories might help you in this one, because there's a big giveaway as to who the bad guy is if you know your stories.

Speaking of stories, even though the name might suggest we're dealing just with the Grimm stories, they've set it up so that every single fairy-tale type character ever written can be included - counting Hans
What if all the magical creatures from fairy tales were real? And I do mean all of them -- not just the traditional fairy tales that the Brothers Grimm & Hans Christian Andersen recorded, but Alice in Wonderland, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and even guys who get around a lot, like Puck. And what if they were all contained in one place (upstate New York, of course) by the descendants of Wilhelm Grimm?

The first thing my 5-year-old talked about when he woke up this morning was this book, speci
This was a great tween read. Daphne and Sabrina's parents disappeared last year and since then they have been bounced from bad foster parent to worse foster parent, until the day their grandmother claims them. The girls are shocked because their father told them their grandfather had died. The girls find out they are descendents of the original brothers Grimm and that fairy tale creatures and characters are alive and well in Ferryport Landing in upstate New York. The Grimm family acts as keepers ...more
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