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Publisher's Summary

The recently orphaned Sisters Grimm find out from their Granny, who they thought was dead, that they're descendents of the legendary Brothers Grimm. Now they must take over the family responsibility of being fairy tale detectives in a town where fairy tales are real. Their first case: a giant is destroying the town and it may have something to do with a boy named Jack and a certain famous beanstalk.
©2005 Michael Buckley; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

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Third time to listen to this book (at least)

Puck is my favorite character but I love ask off the other character and the story line.

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Awesome

If you love fairy tales read the sisters grimm Sabrina,Elvis,Daphine,Granny Relva and Mr Kanes (Big Bad Wolf)

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Amazing!

I liked that it had a lot of action. It was also creative with the use of fairytales. By E (age 9).

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Amazing narrator

The narrator did good with tall of the voices and the general story of the book. I really liked how the narrator added a little bit of different voices in all the characters but not a lot that you'll notice instantly. The story is also good and fun in the setting. It has a good mix of action sometimes chatting and a little bit of comedy.

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Worked well for the family on a long car ride

Entertaining story with a nice premise. All the Everafter creatures and people live in a US city under the guardianship of successive generations of the Grimm family. Nicely written and narrated but our family voted not to continue the series. 'Your mileage may vary.'

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Clever. Sweet. Fun

Great listen with my 11 year old daughter. The narrator does excellent voices. The author has woven beloved old fairy tales into a clever modern-day detective story. Most enjoyable.

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Clever and creatice

So fun! Loved it, cant wait to read the rest :) Buckley is a fairytale genius

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loved this story from the beginning.

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

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great find!

This was a great find - fun charaters and a sweet story, well worth it!

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This is Children's Lit???

Would you try another book from Michael Buckley and/or L. J. Ganser?

NO. He appears to love ugliness and baseness.

Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Buckley again?

No.

Any additional comments?

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