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've yet to read a 'children's' series I love more than Harry Potter, though The Sisters Grimm deserves a solid second place. Buckley has done a wonderful job reinventing characters and their stories we all know and loved as children. A must-read for everyone who has a special place in our hearts for platform nine and three quarters.
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.
Two sisters, orphaned after their parents disappeared one night, become experts in running away from abusive foster parents - until they end up adopted by their grandmother, a woman they had always been told had died, and brought to live in a town whose inhabitants are all fairy tale characters. There, they discover that some of the fairy tale characters are plotting to kill off their family and release them from an old spell which traps them in the town.
It's an interesting premise, although I found it to be derivative after reading the Fables comic series. They both look at fairy tale characters down on their luck in the real world, and both have Prince Charming as a mayor, both have the Big Bad Wolf as sheriff, and both have their magic artifacts locked away for safekeeping, and both have Jack as a rogue who wants to earn a fortune. There are big differences, though, and the Sisters Grimm is much more family friendly - although with moments that aren't appropriate for kids.
Overall, I didn't find any one thing to be particularly bad. The voice acting was fine, the characters were interesting, the plot was slow to start but then reasonably fast paced. However, nothing about it really excited me, either. It wasn't a bad read, but it just didn't click with me. I'm not sure I'm interested enough to pick up the sequel. Fables is a much better read, even though it's a comic.
Cute. Kid-Friendly, Clean
There were so many fairy tale characters interspersed with the Grimm family, it's hard to pick just one character! Mayor Charming was one of my least faves, but then again, I think he's written that way on purpose. :-)
Going into the mirror.
no, no one moment moved me, but it was refreshing to hear a story with no cursing, no vile behaviour and yet still be entertained thouroughly.