Friday, January 13, 2006
I've discovered a great new series of books and I'm thoroughly addicted to them. It's the 'Sisters Grimm' by Michael Buckley. There are two books available now, "Fairy Tale Detectives" and "The Unusual Suspects". Book three, "The Problem Child" is available this spring. I'm so psyched I can hardly wait to get it.
The Sisters Grimm follows the adventures of the youngest members of the Grimm family, Sabrina and Daphne. They're the descendents of the Grimm brothers, those recorders of fairy tale legend. Only they're not just fairy tales, they're historical documents of real magical happenings. Sabrina and Daphne's parents were kidnapped by a mysterious fairy tale group called the "Scarlett Hand". Orphaned in the eyes of Social Services, they are sent to live with Grandma Grimm in Ferryport. There, their adventures begin as they discover not everyone in Ferryport is human. The Mayor is really Prince Charming, Snow White teaches school and the three little pigs run the police department (if that isn't a poke at 'the man', what is?)
The mysteries and adventures are so well written and Michael Buckley has done a fabulous job of weaving in every possible fairy legend there is. I recognized them all, but was surprised at how many there were to draw from. They're really worth reading. I admit I'm a bit of a kids book buff, but I think these are right up there with the works of J.K. Rowling and Cornelia Funke.
You can check out the website at: http://www.sistersgrimm.com/newsite/index.html
So there is your literary critique for the week, go out and read them. I promise, you'll love them! (Sorry, no money back guarantee here. If you don't love them the fault is with you, not the writer or critiquer.) :)