Reading Log: The Sisters Grimm
The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy-Tale Detectives - Book #1 by Michael Buckley allows readers the opportunity to venture once more into the world of legends and fairy tales. Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are the two heroines, girls of almost twelve and seven, whose parents have gone missing and have finally joined their grandmother, Relda Grimm, at Ferryport Landing.
At Ferryport, the girls discover that the book of fairytales by the brothers Grimm are not so much stories for amusing and teaching children, but rather accounts of true happenings that have been recorded for future Grimm generations. In order to save the Everafters (people and creatures of myth, legend, fantasy, and fairy) from humans and humans from Everafters, Wilhelm had Baba Yaga enchant them all to remain at Ferryport Landing, a place they had originally built. The price of the spell was the Grimm familly's freedom as well; at least one member of the Grimm family has to remain at Ferryport Landing at all times. The spell will be broken with the death of the last Grimm.
As a first book in the series, this one has the duty of introducing readers to the general characters and story archs. We meet a variety of Everafters, from Puck and his fairies to Jack the Giant Killer, to King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. We also meet The Magic Mirror, who is the guardian of all of the confiscated magical items (wands, shoes, magic beans, anything else in any fablie or tale). But the best character of all has to be Elvis, Relda Grimm's great dane. (Of course I have to love the dog the most!) :-) I suspect that over the long run, the series will become fairly repetitive in the way the Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events) books do, but the entertainment value will come from the creative situations involving Everafters.