The Problem Child (Sisters Grimm Series #3)

The Problem Child (Sisters Grimm Series #3)

by Michael Buckley

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Overview

A mystery story with a monstrous twist

In book three of the series, Sabrina and Daphne Grimm tackle their most important mystery: Who kidnapped their parents more than a year ago? Sabrina enters the hideout of the Scarlet Hand, the sinister group of Everafters who are keeping her parents prisoner. She has a chance to rescue her mom and dad but is foiled by the most famous fairy-tale character in the world. With the help of her little sister (who might be tougher than Sabrina realizes) and a long-lost relative, Sabrina finds a powerful weapon for fighting her enemies, and discovers that magic has a high price.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781436154819
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 09/05/2008
Series: Sisters Grimm Series , #3
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Michael Buckley is the author of the successful Sisters Grimm and NERDS series. He is also the author of the Undertow trilogy. He lives in New York City.


Peter Ferguson is an illustrator of picture books, comic books, and novels. He lives in Montreal, Canada.

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The Problem Child (Sisters Grimm Series #3) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 194 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Sisters Grimm: The Problem Child is the third installment in the continuing tale of Sabrina and Daphne Grimm. Nearly two years ago the girls¿ lives were turned upside down when their parents disappeared, the only clue to the mystery being an ominous blood red hand print found inside their empty car. The sisters sent the next year and a half running away from a series of deranged foster families before we meet them, bound for Ferryport Landing and a woman claiming to be their grandmother, a grandmother they were told was dead. Now, with Granny Relda to guide them, the Grimm sisters have entered into their birthright as guardians of Ferryport Landing and the Everafters. In their first case as fairy tale detectives the girls, along with their new found Granny Relda, Mr. Canis, Puck, and Elvis, defeat Jack (of beanstalk fame) in his attempt to loose the giants and return to glory by killing them. This encounter brings them once again in contact with the Red Hand. In the second book, The Unusual Suspects, Sabrina and Daphne are enrolled in school. Daphne is the apple of her new teacher, Snow White¿s, eye, while Sabrina battles both her own growing anger and the horrors of sixth grade. Sabrina learns, with seemingly deadly consequences, that her anger could mean the end for everyone she loves. In the last chapter Sabrina is brought face to face with the Red Hand, but what she finds is beyond all of her expectations. In The Problem Child all the sins of the family Grimm and those closest to them come back around. Sabrina discovers that her parents' captor is none other than Little Red Riding Hood, driven to insanity by the Big Bad Wolf (otherwise known to us as Mr. Canis). In the search for their parents the girls will find and face a long lost uncle, new found love, old inner demons, and finally the strength to choose good when tempted by a powerfully seductive evil. Several new and wonderful characters are introduced in this latest book, including the Little Mermaid, and a few old characters are more fully developed. For The Problem Child Buckley has gone beyond the most commonly known fairy tales to find his characters you may have to search a bit to read more about them. Be sure to follow The Sisters Grimm in this dark, though often humorous, tale.
cocteau307 More than 1 year ago
as a 30 year old female, this is hardly the genre of book you would expect to see in my personal library. but alas, this author's idea turned fantasy story is a brilliant escape from the world around. full of genuinely quick wit (i laughed aloud several times). it's charm is remarkably pleasing. read them from start to finish- there are several in the series, and would be good for bedtimes stories for a younger audience. this particular book in the series is my favorite so far.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WELL,
This book is absorbing. I just love it! Once I start reading it I can't put it down. IT ROCKS. This book is my favorite out of them all because it is exciting, thrilling, and sweet. Also, action packed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
a deranged fairy tale character. an overweight mermaid. a canibal witch. the fairy tale characters have changed a whole lot, along with the characters in the series. this book was excellent, and it ends with a cliff hanger. a must read. you'll never look at your favorite fairy tales the same way again.
Reads_a_lot More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite series, but you must know this is the third book, so read them in order!
This is most defintely my favorite of the series! It was SO SO SOO funny! Best series EVER!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has action,suspence,romance,humor, and emotion- all the elements you need to make a really good book!!!<3 :D I LOVED IT!!!<3<3<3<3: D : D : D : D The whole series is good!<3 : D
cypresstree More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have ever read. The story is fascinating, and my favorite part is...well, I can't tell you that, because that would give away one of the best parts of the story! All, I can say is, if you are a Sisters Grimm fan, you will DEFINITELY want to read this book. I would recommend it for 8-13 year olds.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was really coooool.I recommend anyone reading this review buy this book. It was really really good but before you buy this I suggest you buy the firsts ones. All the books at some part were really creepy and they were especially really funny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love these book they are sooooo captivating
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love these books. Once you pick it up you can't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read this book and it was an excelent book. It has so much suspence and it kept me wanting to read more!!! I would recomend it to people ages 8-12. It is a great book! Trust me you'll enjoy it a lot!
Nani-Kissimmee More than 1 year ago
Talking of clean fun adventures for any age. I bought the series for my 11 year old grandaughter and belive me she can't put the book down. She love it so much that she reads the story to her 6 yr old sister and got her hooked on the storyline. Must read for everyone in the family. I think we have started a new family tradition.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to say, this is one of my favorite books in the series! The thrills and intensity are amasing! The way Buckley describes Sabrina's passion for magic is quite interesting. I like it how, eventually Sabrina learns to let go and get rid of the magic that she has such a strong addiction to. I think it is intersting how Buckley chooses this book to build a relationship between Puck and Sabrina, at first, but then reading the rest of the books, there is no other place that could have been more perfect!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is soooo good, it explains alot, I love it, RARGH! I have to wait a week for the 4th one at the public library!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just loved this book. It's totally my favorite from the series! I just love how the Puck and Sabrina romance grows even if I think they're just a little young. It's a great book full of reunions, romance, mystery, and excitement. I'd give this book a 10 if that was a choice!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think the romance between them grows greatly in this book. It is so great the way Buckley does these books. I am waiting on theedge of my seat for the 4th book. I want to find out more about puck and sabrina.
bell7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The third book in the Sisters Grimm series essentially begins right where The Unusual Suspects left off. Sabrina, having used one of the Little Match Girl's matches to go to where her parents are meets a young girl in a red cloak who has clearly been painting red hands everywhere in the room. Sabrina's parents are there, alright - in an enchanted sleep - but a Jabberwocky chases her away before she can do anything.Listening to this now made me that much more aware of how much mood can affect my enjoyment of a story. I really enjoyed The Unusual Suspects when I read it, and I'd be hard-pressed to tell you what made the difference between that and this book. But what was I thinking as I listened? How naive Sabrina seems for her age, how annoying she can be and how clearly poor some of her choices are, and what a hodge-podge of fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and certain classic fantasy stories (think Alice in Wonderland and the Oz books) Ferryport Landing is turning into. More and more characters from more and more tales are introduced, with no apparent rhyme or reason to which are included and which are not. This was true in the second book too, so again I'm not sure why it would irritate me now and not then. I was left with the feeling that I would probably share them with children of the appropriate age, but I will wait awhile before continuing the series for myself.
virginiahomeschooler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Darker than the first two books in the Sister's Grimm, The Problem Child is really terrific. I wouldn't suggest it for the very young, but it's a great read for teens and adults. Exciting and well-written. I can't wait to see what the Grimm girls are up to in book four.
booksandbosox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow this series keeps getting darker. Almost to the point where I question whether kids should be reading them. However, I'm enjoying the darkness. Red Riding Hood and the Jabberwocky were great. I'm starting to wonder, though, if they're going to run out of fairy tale characters to incorporate in the stories. It already seems like they're stretching a little bit (the Blue Fairy from Pinocchio? Really?) Regardless, I'm enjoying the series and eager to read the rest and find out the whole story behind the Scarlet Hand.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the Sisters Grimm series by Buckley. It was a decent book in this series. If you liked the first two books you should enjoy this one as well. I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was decently done; the narrator isn't my favorite but he distinguishes between characters voices well.Sabrina and Daphne are on the hunt for Little Red Riding Hood, who they believe is heading the Scarlet Hand, which is the group who stole their parents. Little Red Riding Hood has a kitty (the evil and dangerous Jabberwocky) that is causing trouble though. Sabrina and Daphne also discover they have an uncle who is full of magical surprises; their uncle is more than willing to help but will he cause more trouble than he's worth?You learn more about the Grimm's past in this book than in any other book in this series so far. There was also more interesting magic in this book than in any of the previous books.Sabrina's uncle is an interesting, but mostly obnoxious, addition to the characters. Her uncle acts like a child throughout the whole book, sulking, not listening, and throwing fits. I didn't enjoy him all that much as a character. In fact a lot of the adults in this book act like children; making for unbelievable characters that were hard for me to engage with. I hate it when kids book have adults who act like children; kids can understand more complexity than we give them credit for and adults should act like the role models they are in these books...or at least act in a more complex way that assume kids can understand some complexity.Sabrina continues to be headstrong and bitter; I keep hoping she will grow as a character but she makes the same mistakes in every book and shows no sign of ever changing. To be honest I am quite sick of her and don't really enjoy reading about her. Daphne was busy giving Sabrina the silent treatment for large portions of the book. Little Red Riding Hood was as obnoxious as Sabrina and made for a luke-warm bad guy.I did enjoy the mystery and finding out some background on the Grimms. I also enjoyed the nifty magical devices used throughout and I enjoyed the way the story is broadening and not just focused on one little mystery. This story wraps up much nicer than the second book; no horrible cliffhangers../although things are definitely set up to start a new storyline for the next book.Overall this was an okay addition to the Sisters Grimm series. I enjoyed the mystery and the magical devices; I also enjoyed learning more about the Grimm's past. I do not enjoy the characters in this book; I find the majority of them to be obnoxious. Many of the adults also act like children; which is annoying to read and also doesn't give kids or adults enough credit. All in all if you have been enjoying the series you will enjoy this book. If you have been finding some of the characters annoying (mainly Sabrina) then you will continue to be annoyed. I personally am not going to read more of this series; I guess it is just not my thing.
Melissa.mhan3754 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this book Sabrina and Daphne are so close to getting their parents back. They find out that Little Red Ridding Hood had them kept hidden with her Jabberwocky. She wants to play house and still needs her dog and a grandma, which means Granny Relda and Elvis. In the story Puck gets badly injured, so Uncle Jake, Sabrina and Daphne are dtermained to help him, kill the Jabberwocky and save Sabrina's parents. They go on an adventure to find the three pieces of the vorpal blade. Jake defeats the Jabberwocky in the end, and Sabrina also has to choose between to important things. This story reminded me of Alice in Wonderland the new version with the dragon and the sword that had to defeat the dragon. It was fun and interesting to read. Sabrina had to have everyting her way though. She thought she always needed to use magic and have the wand always with her. She is so picky and stubborn. When they went to the witches house, Sabrina had to get the piece of the vorpal blade, but also have the wand since they traded. So she went back for it, but had made a big mistake. Her sister got mad at her. At the end when Uncle Jake had all the power, I am glad Sabrina made the right choice.
drebbles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Eleven year old Sabrina Grimm desperately wants to find her kidnapped parents. She has a chance to rescue them but is foiled by a deeply disturbed Little Red Riding Hood and her pet Jabberwocky. Sabrina finds out that the only thing that can defeat the Jabberwocky is the vorpal blade, which is in three pieces and in three different locations. Sabrina, with the help of her Uncle Jake, sets out to find all three pieces and is willing to do anything, even magic, to get the pieces. But Sabrina finds out that while magic is easier, there is always a price for using it. I've enjoyed all the books in this series and "the Problem Child" is no exception. Michael Buckley does a great job playing with the fairy tale mythology and he'll surprise readers with how he treats certain characters such as Little Red Riding Hood, The Big Bad Wolf, Snow White, the Blue Fairy, and Prince Charming. Little Red Riding Hood is not the only problem child, Sabrina is so angry at the kidnapping of her parents that she will do anything to get them back, even if it means placing her family in danger. She is headstrong and flawed - a very believable character. Uncle Jake is in many ways a grown up version of Sabrina, although it's harder to forgive those kind of flaws in an adult who should know better. The fantasy elements are wonderful, although Ferryport is so fraught with danger I wouldn't want to live there! "The Problem Child" offers fantasy and fun for young and old alike.
deepikasd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After the cliffhanger ending in The Unusual Suspects, it was wonderful to finally read this book.
Following the events, Sabrina wakes up to find that she has passed out. With Puck fighting the monster, she tries to face Little Red Riding Hood, a demented little girl; at first Sabrina doesn't realize it is the famous heroine because in the stories she wasn't an evil villain. Believing that the younger child is the mastermind behind the Scarlet Hand, Sabrina rushes to capture her, only to find that Riding Hood has a magic ring which transports herself and Sabrina's parents away. Puck and Sabrina rush out of the building, which the Jabberwocky monster begins to burn. After being chased and finding shelter, she passes out again.
Waking up, she discovers that 1) her arm is in a cast, 2) Puck has drawn a mustache, goatee, and the words "CAPTAIN DOODIEFACE" on her face, and 3) her grandmother has forbidden her from searching for her parents. Eventually, the two sisters meet their long-lost uncle Jake who has armed himself with the aid of many magical assortments. But when Puck, who has decided to start playing the role of the hero, gets hurt, they realize that Puck needs to be with the Faerie folk. But to kill the Jabberwocky and tear through the magical barrier surrounding the town (so that they can get Puck out), the family must search for the Vorpal Sword. And so they set out on a quest to collect all the pieces of the Vorpal Sword and to find the Blue Fairy.
This book gives the reader a deeper look into Ferryport Landing and reveals the past of the Grimm Family, especially the truth about Grandfather Basil's death. Sabrina also ends up learning that magic is an addiction and how to fight it.
I love the series as how it presents the two sisters. Daphne, whom might come off as being naive, wholeheartedly believes in the Everafters and trusts them. She also seems to always do the right thing. On the other hand, Sabrina, whom is seen as basically the main character, rebels against everything. She never seems to trust anyone, including Granny Grimm. Even though Sabrina is seen to do the majority of everything, I believe the quiet Daphne is a lot smarter than she looks, even if she is younger. If children reading this series study the two they can learn how to really live a good life by following Daphne's actions.
kidsilkhaze on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this third installment, there is a Jabberwocky lose in Ferryport. We also have the return of a long lost relative and Granny Grimm's reluctance to take on a case, which has Sabrina and Daphne worried. There is an election for Ferryport mayor and we meet the Little Mermaid, the Blue Fairy and Baba Yaga. Puck is gravely injured and it looks like the only way to save him and deal with the Jaberwocky is the vorpal blade... which was destroyed. Sabrina also learns how addictive magic can be and the high price one pays for using it. Very good!
mysteena on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this series! So fun and fast-paced. Perfect.