Snoopy: Boogie Down
October 19th, 2018 by diane92345

Snoopy: Boogie Down is a collection of veteran Peanuts strips marketed to the middle grades.

It’s not just Snoopy. All the gang is here: Charlie Brown, Lucy, Sally, Peppermint Patty and even Snoopy’s brother Spike at the way from Needles. The comics were selected to appeal to the middle grades by emphasizing sports, school, summer camp and pets. Older adults may have to explain some of the celebrity references like Farrah Fawcett and even what the word “Boogie” means. However, even older readers will enjoy this trip down Memory Lane.

Snoopy: Boogie Down is recommended for anyone looking for a humorous reflection on life’s ironies. 4 stars!

Thanks to Andrews McMeel Publishing and NetGalley for an advance copy.

Posted in Children, Graphic Novel Tagged with: , , ,

Beatrice and the Basilisk
March 14th, 2018 by diane92345

Highly recommended adventure tale for tween girls.

Beatrice and the Basilisk is an modern updating of an adventure tale. However, it seems so realistic that it could happen again tomorrow in your town. This book is perfect for tween or younger girls. While the heroine is 12, she acts more mature than most 12 year olds.

I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway but that has not impacted my review.

There is another book by this author, which is reviewed here.

 

Posted in Children, Fantasy, Kindle Unlimited Tagged with:

The Real McCoys
November 6th, 2017 by diane92345

The Real McCoys is a cute humorous mystery for middle grade readers with perfect artwork.

Move over Encyclopedia Brown, Moxie McCoy is the new detective in town! Moxie is in fourth grade at Tiddlywhump Elementary School. She is also the sole remaining partner at M&M Inc. detective agency. Her partner, and best friend, Maude moved to California at the worst possible moment. Tiddlywhump’s mascot, Eddie the wise, and stuffed, owl is missing and only a great detective like Moxie can solve the crime. Moxie, who prefers to be called Slim when working a case, narrows down the list of suspects using the wisdom of Annabelle Adams. Annabelle is the star of 58 mystery books that Moxie has read 37 and a half times. Annabelle is obviously the long-lost cousin of Nancy Drew as she uses her wits and luck to get out of incredibly intricate situations. Moxie is also looking for a new detective partner and best friend before winter recess starts the following day.

The illustrations in The Real McCoys are excellent. They are used to perfection to move the plot forward. Many adult mysteries would be improved with illustrations like these. Moxie and the other residents of the school are believable while also being funny. Does Principal Jones really have an eel pit in her closet where she dangles errant students? Does Moxie’s teacher, Mrs. Bunyan, have a weird fascination with teeth? While solving the mystery, many moral lessons are slipped in like don’t jump to conclusions and don’t be embarrassed to ask for help when it’s needed. The mystery is handled well with many twists and turns in the plot. The resolution is both unexpected and perfect. Overall, this humorous mystery is perfect for ages 8 to 12. 5 stars!

I received The Real McCoys in a Goodreads giveaway but that has not impacted my review.

Posted in Children, Diane's Favorites Tagged with: , , ,