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The Fairy-Tale Detectives

(The Sisters Grimm #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  51,790 ratings  ·  3,436 reviews
In book one of this bestselling series, sisters Sabrina and Daphne are sent to live with their mysterious grandmother, Relda Grimm. The sisters learn they are descendants of the Brothers Grimm, whose famous book of fairy tales is actually a collection of case files. The girls are the latest in a long line of fairy-tale detectives, and their new hometown is filled with Ever ...more
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Published April 22nd 2011 by Amulet Books (first published August 1st 2005)
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Risa there are pictures, but if you look ahead, they kind of tend to spoil the story....or give you incentive to finish it. But who wouldn't not finish thi…morethere are pictures, but if you look ahead, they kind of tend to spoil the story....or give you incentive to finish it. But who wouldn't not finish this book? I thought it was awesome. :)(less)
Maryam Not a lot of pictures, there is only black and white ones. And the age should be 10-14 years old.

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Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Needing something a little shorter to fit into my reading schedule, I turned to this series debut by Michael Buckley, which takes readers behind the scenes and into the stories of the Brothers Grimm. Sabrina and Daphne Grimm have been shipped off from one foster home to another for many years. What they’re told that their paternal grandmother has agreed to take care of them, though Sabrina becomes very dubious, having heard that the woman died many years ago. However, after meeting the slightly ...more
a fun fact about me as a child is that i read at least six of the books in this series, and i managed to do so ONLY when i was extremely sick.

these were so boring to me in childhood that i had to be on forced bedrest, with no other books and not allowed to watch TV (because when we stayed home sick we were not permitted screen time, to discourage truancy-based crimes and deceit), in order to get through them.

it is for this reason that these books make me think of the following:
- being dead tired
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
“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
Aug 28, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Magic in the wrong hands only leads to chaos.

Two orphaned girls discover that they're actually related to the Brothers Grimm, and that that famous book of fairy tales is really a true account of past events. They're also surprised to learn that their grandmother is a fairy tale detective, and she expects them to join her in the crime-solving biz. So, what's their first case? Well, it's a doozy:

"I hear they're already trying to rescue their grandmother. Can you believe it?" said the White Rabbit.
Jun 23, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)
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
Mike (the Paladin)
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth, fantasy
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
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
I had a review here. BLAST!!!

Ok. This book was so worth it. I kept finding myself grinning and smiling as I was reading it. It was funny and the characters were those that you could adore, while the story was a mystery you actually wanted to solve. They are detectives and it runs in the family. It’s a cool thing to me. These could definitely appeal to a wide range of ages and not just children. They are great.
I highlighted some of the things I thought were neat or that made me smile. Granny is
Intisar Khanani
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My daughter gave this to me and asked me to read it, so of course I did. I mean, even if I don't usually read MG, how do you say no to your super-excited 8 year old telling you she's found a fantastic new book? OBVIOUSLY you read it. She loved it. It was thrilling and exciting and had just the right fright level, and she consumed it about as fast as she's ever read anything. We immediately sought out Book 2 for her.

As for me, I enjoyed it--there were twists I didn't see coming, and a couple I di
Apr 16, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I knew this was going to include fairytale characters, but this was like a Once Upon a Time for middle grade readers.
There is a town seemingly in the middle of nowhere where these fairytale creatures are stuck. It is up to the Grimm family to keep everyone in line and to solve the mysteries around town.
We meet so many well known characters but with twists on them. We have a glutinous Charming, and a good Big Bad Wolf. Gilda the Good Witch is pretty neutral and the Grimm family i
Apr 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 31, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Rukky by: MK
This was so sweet and wholesome and who would have thought that I would love it.

It was pretty funny and I had a lot of fun reading this. I love the inclusion of fairy-tales and I love how Sabrina and Daphne changed. It was sweet and I honestly loved all the characters even if they were a bit ridiculous lol

Overall, awesome, fun, and light read!
Aug 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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. ...more
May 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Middle Grade Readers Who Enjoy Fairy-Tale Fiction
The first entry in an on-going middle-grade fantasy series, The Fairy-Tale Detectives follows the story of Sabrina and Daphne Grimm, who, after a year and a half in and out of various foster homes, find themselves deposited with the grandmother they had no idea existed. Sabrina, the elder at almost twelve, is naturally distrustful - a characteristic much amplified by more than a year's experience with abusive and/or neglectful adults - and determined to protect the more innocent Daphne. She want ...more
The sister Sabrina and Daphne go through many foster homes, but finnally end up in the house of their grandma grimm. Everything is going just fine for the family other than sabrina thinking grandma Grimm is Crazy, but then she starts to beleive when a giant carries away their grandma. Read the sisters Grimm to find out how they get their grandma back.
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
"How did you know that we could get him to do whatever we want if we pretend he's in charge?" Sabrina asked Daphne.
"It's what I do with you," the little girl replied. "You two are exactly the same."

Daphne is my fave, okay?

I feel like I read this at the wrong time in life, and it makes me sad. Don't get me wrong, I still love middle-grade, but I get the feeling that if I'd read this book when I was ten or so, I would have LOVED it. I enjoyed it, but I didn't LOVE it.

But it was cute! It's basic
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
Elinor  Loredan
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
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3.5 stars

This was a cute book intended for middle graders. Two orphaned sisters are sent to live with their grandmother. They are very suspicious because their parents had told them that their grandparents were dead. They become even more suspicious because the house where their grandmother lives is quite peculiar. It turns out that the sisters are part of the Grimm family and they play a special role in town.

I enjoyed listening to this book. If you like the graphic novel series Fables or watch
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New York Times bestselling author Michael Buckley was born in Akron, Ohio. He tried his hand as a stand-up comic and lead singer for a punk rock back before attending Ohio University. After graduating with honors he moved to New York City to be an intern on the Late Show with David Letterman which led to stints developing programming for Discovery Networks, MTV, MTV Animation and Klasky Csupo (pro ...more

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