October 20, 2006

The Problem Child

By Michael Buckley
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Noelle

This is the 3rd book in the Sisters Grimm series. In the end of the last story, Sabrina had finally found her parents--under a sleep spell and watched over by the very deranged Red Riding Hood and her "kitty," a murderous Jabberwocky. Sabrina is rescued from certain death by Puck, and her parents are again lost to her. But a new character shows up--the girls' Uncle Jake who was responsible for grandfather Grimm's death and also for the release of Red Riding Hood and the Jabberwocky from the asylum. Uncle Jake is determined to help rescue his brother to atone for his past mistakes. But Uncle Jake has an addiction to magic, and soon Sabrina's own frustrations lead her to the same addiction to the power of magic. When Daphne and Sabrina embark on a quest with Uncle Jake to find the pieces of the Vorpal blade to both kill the Jabberwocky and save Puck from some serious wounds, that addiction is nearly their undoing. Fans of the previous stories will be happy to see some old characters like Snow White, Mayor Charming and Mr. Canis, and delighted to meet some new ones like the Little Mermaid, Baba Yaga and the Blue Fairy. As always, Buckley mixes humor and a few life lessons to go with the nonstop action. Readers will be pleased with the continuing storyline and be looking forward to the next installment.

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