I LOVE to read. Let me rephrase that, one of my biggest passions is reading. Luckily, so far, that has passed on to my oldest child as well. She loves to read! (Yeah I might have done something right!) Unfortunately there are not always books that are worthy of my children’s amazing minds. So now that my daughter is reading almost mom size books (as she so lovingly calls them) I am concerned about WHAT is in those books, so I read them with her so we can talk about the good and bad parts of it.
My daughter loves a good mystery. She adores Nancy Drew books. So when she brought me The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley I knew it was something I had to read first. I know some Christian parents are against fairy tales all together. It is something I still pray about as my children continue to grow. But here is where I am at so far (remember this is just my OPINION)… I would rather my kids read certain fairy tales were there is a definite line between good and evil verses some realistic fiction that blurs that line. But enough about what I think and on to the book…
Sabrina and Daphne Grimm have had a difficult time since there parents have disappeared without a trace a year and a half ago. They have been orphaned and bounced around from foster home to foster home, making daring escapes from each. When one day they are told that they will be living with their paternal grandmother Granny Relda. There is only one problem…. their grandmother is dead. From the first day in Ferryport Landing they become part of a mystery that reveals some strange family secrets. Not only do they learn that they are descendants of the famous Brothers Grimm but those books of fairy tales are actually history books! But life is not a fairy tale in Ferryport Landing for someone has set a giant loose who has been destroying what he can. Now it is up to the sisters Grimm to stop the Giant and discover who set him free before it is too late.
The Sisters Grimm was a well written fairy tale itself. It brought together many different aspects of the human heart. As much as I wasn’t always comfortable with Sabrina sassy attitude, I really understand why it was there. Her pain from losing her parents, being tossed from one bad foster home to the next and taking care of her younger sister had really done a number to her heart. Daphne is quick to trust as well to forgive, which we all need a friend or two like that. Granny Relda was patient as the girls adjusted to her surroundings but was still firm with them. Mr. Canis just added a bit of mystery and fun to the book. I loved how all the fairy tale creatures that were included in the book. The wit and humor in the book was enough not only to make me laugh but I also know it wont be over my daughters head either. It was a book that I was a little disappointed to put down myself.
There were only a couple of things I worry about and that was a little language use. Idiot and boob were the only “bad” words used. (Well at least they are not allowed in my house) When Prince Charming came onto the scene he was meaner then I expected, but it was only the first part. Other than that no problems.
I am looking forward to reading the rest of the Sisters Grimm Series. There will be nine books total with the last one coming in May. So far with my daughter this has been awesome bonding time. When I show interest in what she likes she usually is more open to my opinion about it. I am very blessed to have a daughter that has such a servants heart and is willing to hear her mom. I look forward to this precious time that I have with her and thank God that through these books it will give us some much needed Mommy & Daughter time.