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The Problem Child

(The Sisters Grimm #3)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  18,419 ratings  ·  664 reviews
For Sabrina and Daphne Grimm, the latest in a long line of fairy-tale detectives, there is one mystery they want to solve more than all the others: Who kidnapped their parents more than a year ago? Sabrina enters the hideout of the Scarlet Hand, the sinister group of Everafters who are keeping her parents prisoner. She has a chance to rescue her mom a
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Harry N. Abrams
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Justyn Rampa
Jun 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I adore this series.

I deeply, deeply love this series!

In fact, reading this series makes me feel like I did when I was reading all the Harry Potter books. Not that Sisters Grimm is a direct correlation to Harry Potter, but in some ways yes, they are very similar. Our main protagonist is struggling to come to terms with losing their parents, to fulfill a destiny of which they previously had no idea, and their world is full of fantastic and terrifying characters.

The difference of course is that S
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
This series is so good at pulling you in omg
Feb 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
The books started getting a bit creepier and better from here on. Most kids authors don't bring up mental health (another reason why the characters should've been aged up and this series been put in YA or at least Teen) but it was done well and tastefully. Can I just say again that I LOVE Puck??? Wishin he was 15 though...because that's how he acts when we're supposed to go "Oh, he's 11". I think Buckley forgot how young 7 and 11 are. I can easily believe, knowing many 11 year-old-girls, that th ...more
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
I am no longer recommending this series to people based on the amount of murders and violence, and also based on the author's treatment of The Little Mermaid character. The author identifies her as fat (she does not look "fat" in the picture), and as such, portrays her as petulant, out of control, horrible and unlovable (since she got "fat"). Really bad message to send to girls (and pretty much everyone else), Buckley. However, my son loves this series, and I am entertained by the large majority ...more
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Such a fun book, full of magic, mystery, and fairy tales!

Sabrina and Daphne, the Sisters Grimm, continue their adventure to find and save their parents. But they come across some unexpected events and Sabrina decides to be foolhardy, so her Grandmother grounds her..... Unsuccessfully.

My copy of this book has some pretty scary pictures of everybody (bad proportioning), but some normal ones too. I'm a little confused at the artist's art style and consistency.
Aug 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chelsea by: Nicole, Hillary
With every book in this series, my love grows exponentially. They're a little like Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series, except all of their literary in-jokes are fairy-tale related. (Which, I suppose, makes them more like his Nursery Crimes series, actually.)

Buckley is great with characters, especially little Daphne. (who will never, ever get less charming and sweet. Are there any other seven year olds asking for vocabulary lessons and practicing martial arts, while consistently having more ins
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the first two books in the series but this is the one that put me over the edge and MADE me buy Books 4 - 9. That right there should tell you all you need to know.
Mar 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Problem Child is the third Sisters Grimm book in a series of [runs off to check]...nine. Really? Nine? Holy crap, I should have checked into this before I got The Boy all into them.

Okay, so I talked a little bit here about why I'm reading these, and the ARDUOUS PACE my 13y/o is setting for me.  He doesn't cut me any slack when it comes to these, because he hasn't yet picked up his mother's bad habit of having eleventy billion books going at once.

So what did I do all day today?  I finished th
May 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: undecided
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Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wow! This series just keeps getting better. Buckley deals with some heavy material -- mental illness and addiction -- all within the context of fairy tales and magic, and in an entertaining way that children can understand.

I can't help but compare Buckley's treatment of the fairy tale creatures with the TV series Once Upon a Time, which I watched for a while. (I gave it up earlier this season when (view spoiler). I just couldn't watch the soap op
May 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is the 3rd book in the Grimm Sisters series.

I was back and forth between liking the book and being annoyed by the main character. I understand the point the author was trying to make with the magic corrupting someone and having to pay the price for taking the easy way. However, I just ended up annoyed with Sabrina and her attitude and wondering when she would ever learn not to be stupid.

Daphne is probably the most interesting character in the series and she is the least written about, wis
Feb 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
You know what. I've read harry potter and i still say this is my favorite series ever. I absolutly love Puck and the sparks between him and Sabrina are starting to show. Out of the entire series, This is definatly my Favorite. I'm still waiting for thelast book (WHich will be awesome). BTW. Don't say this is for readers not ready for harry potter. This is for readers who outgrew harry potter! This is a wonderful series that is not to be put down by harry potter! Grrr. Best book evr!!!!!
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was super good! It had way more action, a ton of adventure, and so much fun! This is a very good book to read! But you should most likely read the 1st and 2nd books first!
Danielle Routh
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Which Sabrina Actually Receives a Modicum of Empathy from Her Family Members But Is Still Hated by Goodreads Reviewers

I was incredibly frustrated after The Unusual Suspects , but my anger has been assuaged by this installment. Uncle Jake is a good foil (and reprieve) for the ever-sanctimonious Granny Relda and Daphne, and even Granny has a nice heart-to-heart with Sabrina about the dangers of magic and why she's so hesitant to use it. (Still, maybe mention that beforehand instead of just giv
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the problem child: has the best written characters I’ve ever seen, has well developed plot lines with incredible villains who are truly terrifying, has brilliant subplot to link all the books together without feeling last minute or forced, discusses association and other real world problems and tackles them in an appropriate yet informative manner

I can only write how much I love this book so many times. Just read it and you won’t regret it I swear. This book is seriously one of the best,
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Problem child by Michael Buckley. Michael Buckley makes you want to keep reading, to go from book to book. They go on so many adventures, they meet new people. I really like a lot of adventure, so I would've liked more adventure. If you like some adventure, fairy-tale, and fantasy, I really recommend this book series.
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-read
This is ridiculous. These books are going by way too quickly. Even though there are nine books I’m already on the fourth one. It isn’t right.

OMFGFGFTJRIRJGN PUCK AND SABRINA ARGHHHH Puck needs to get BETTER omg this book is not half as good without his annoying ass.
I loved this one so much. My favorite so far is the first book. Can’t wait for book four!
Joanna (BookandPages)
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This series is so fun to reread!
Jameyanne Fuller
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So! Much! Fun!
Jan Mcdaniel
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Problem Child, written by Michael Buckley. Michael Buckley is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sisters Grimm and the NERDS series. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son. The Problem Child published in 2006 by Amulet Book, an imprint of Harry N. Abrams, Inc. The Problem Child is the third series of The Sisters Grimm. The setting takes place in Farryport Landing.

The first scene started out with Sabrina and Puck, one of the two main characters, attempting to escape from the ja
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This one was a little jerky. Sabrina's 'addiction' to magic is abruptly fixed, or at least not mentioned as an issue anymore; Uncle Jake's whole scene with the Blue Fairy at the end was REALLY weird and abrupt, and just as easily erased as though it had never happened, thus having little effect on the story or the characters; sudden introduction of 'the master' is sudden; Granny Relda was Annoying with a massive capital A (on par with annoying Mrs. Weasley from Order of the Phoenix) - I don't ge ...more
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Problem Child, the third book in the Sisters Grimm series written by Michael Buckley. This was a great book and this is the second time I have read this series, as it is my favorite series of all time and I have not taken any AR tests on it. I recommend this story for anyone who enjoys fairy tales, adventure, and mystery. The story revolves around an eleven year old girl named Sabrina Grimm and her younger sister Daphne Grimm, whose parents have been kidnapped. They now live in a small town ...more
Jessica Thlick
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was recommended my the other Sisters Grimm book. In this book Sabrina Grimm has found out that both to her parents or missing and are being kept hostage. Sabrina and her sister Daphne are trying to find different ways on how to find there parents. Her grandma helps them figure out who is keeping them hostage. My favorite quote is " You want me to be your boyfriend ,don't you?.....Before she knew how to react, the boy kissed her on the lips. A million thought run through Sabrina's head ...more
Natalie G.
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is about two girls named Sabrina and Daphne Grimm. Who, go on an adventure to find the Scarlet Hand, and their disappearing parents Henry and Veronica Grimm. The setting is taken place in Ferryport Landing. The point of view is told by Sabrina Grimm. Some major characters in the book are, Sabrina Grimm, Daphne Grimm, Granny Relda, Little Red Ridding Hood, Uncle Jake, and Puck the Trickster King.

I thought this book was the best book out of the series so far. I thought that the writin
Logan H
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
*****Spoiler Alert*****

I really liked the story, especially since you learn about Red Riding Hood who you picture as the sweet little girl, when she's a TOTAL psychopath. The murder of her family, drove her mad. She has started taking members of families to replace her family. She's kidnapped Sabrina and Daphne's parents, and soon their only family. Grandma Relda. Red Riding Hood teams up with a monster called the "Jabberwocky" I didn't like that thing especially since it almost killed Puck, my
Jan 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery and Fantasy lovers
I like this book, alot, It's continued from book 2. This is my FAVORITE series so far. I personally love it! It has some romance, but not mushy mushy stuff. More like hate first then love. Its good though, boys would like puck, older girls would like Sabrina, and younger girls would like Daphne. The elders would probably like Granny Relda or Mr.Cancis. I personally like Sabrina and Puck, Sabrina is the main chracter though. Spoliers* I can't believe that puck actually does what he does in this b ...more
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: june-book-list
Book 3 was very enchanting and captivating. I enjoyed the details and realism of the book. It gives that childhood feeling. In this book, Sabrina has found her parents, but they are asleep and being held captive by Little Red Riding Hood and her pet Jabberwocky.

Things get a little crazy when Jacob Grimm comes in the picture. He gives the background history to the Brothers Grimm.

At the very end it leaves you with a lot of unanswered questions and endings that has transpired through the whole book
Oct 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Problem Child is very interesting. Sabrina and Daphne's world is turned upside-down when they find out who has their parents, and they have to get them back! Puck and Sabrina's love is obvious, but they don't know it yet. I honestly could read this series over and over again, and I would never get tired of it! This is my favorite book series in the world! <3 ...more
May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great entry in the series - my daughter made me read the last three chapters of the book non-stop. As a parent I appreciate the author's take on magic, how it is a useful tool but can be addictive and destructive, and how it is more important to have smarts and skills. On to the next book!
Alley Kat
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was my favorite book in the series so far for sure. It once again addressed the main problem of finding Sabrina and Daphne's parents, this time adding two new character into the mix Red Riding Hood and Uncle Jake. It had a little less Puck which was disappointed but at least explained.
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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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