this was a fantastic story. easy to listen to, easy to follow. I'm 27 years old, and I didn't feel like it was too child-like for me. I feel like this is a book that anyone could love
NO. He appears to love ugliness and baseness.
There is a tendency in recent years, a distasteful one, in my opinion, for authors to turn beloved stories on their heads and make villains out of heroes. For example, in Wicked, by Gregory Maguire, the Wicked Witch is turned into a freedom fighter for the "oppressed" animals of Oz. In Sondheim's Into the Woods, the fairytale princes are egotistical boobs
This goes double for Michael Buckley's The Fairy-Tale Detectives. The setting is an American town that has become an accidental prison for all literary and fairytale creatures, from Kipling's Bagheera to Baum's Glinda the (no longer) Good. Nearly every adult is self-centered, vicious, greedy, untrustworthy, mean and just generally vile. Even the older sister is way more proud of her street-smarts than is justified. The ditsy grandmother causes her own near-demise by not explaining anything to her emotionally damaged, distrusting granddaughters. (That would have, of course, totally changed the story, hopefully for the better.)
I hate to see an author creating plot by making all of the characters emotionally stupid. Contrast this "plot" device to Terry Pratchett's Tiffany Aching series where the girl is often mistaken or stubborn but learns from her mistakes, shoulders responsibility, and the plots are both funny and deep. Or Tamora Pierce's Circle of Magic stories, where the damaged children learn both to be independent and interconnected. There are lots of good stories for children out there. This is not one of them.
Unless rooting for the bad guy and laughing at pain and stupidity is your cup of tea, give this book a miss
The story is outrageous and yet Mr. Buckley leads us happily throughout picturing every detail. The characterization is good and you cheer or groan to their reactions in the dizzying situations they encounter.
I tend to like coming-of-age YA stories, so I gave this one a try. It's cute, but the story wasn't complex. It's a good introduction to mysteries and fantasy genres. The audio format was perfect. The way sentences were written and how visually things were described lends itself well to being read out loud.
The target audience is much younger than I expected. The plot and dialog were very predictable. Take the "Once Upon a Time" television series and rewrite it as an episode to appear on a Disney Kids show, and you'd have a good idea of how this book flows.
Although this is more for preteen/teens, I still enjoyed listening to this with my granddaughters! It was fun to put together all of the old fairy tales and discuss it with the girls. We had a lot of fun talking and enjoying this book.
Haven't read it.
Finding out what our favorite fairy tale characters are up to now,
She brings to the story many different inflections. This allows you to imagine what they sound and look like. Although when you read a book you form your own sense of what they look and sound like.
I just got the audiobook because I was looking for something with mystery that was dealing with brutality, murder and violence for a change. I was extremely delighted with the story. I am getting the next one. Hope it lives up to the first.