Goldie Blox and the Three Dares – written by Stacy McAnulty, illustrated by Alan Baston and Grace Mills, Random House Children’s Books, 9780399556364, 2017
Goldie Blox and Rules the School! – written by Stacy McAnulty, illustrated by Lissy Marlin, Random House Children’s Books, 9780399556340, 2017
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Chapter Book
What did you like about the book? The first two books in the Goldie Blox series (simultaneously released) have a great combination of characters, story, and vocabulary for independent readers and emergent engineers. The cast is wonderfully diverse in every aspect, giving readers many different personalities and backgrounds to relate to. The friends in these adventures are supportive and creative, helping Goldie accomplish her missions while keeping her grounded (even when a mission calls for a picnic on the moon!).
While Goldie has a slight rebellious streak, she is first and foremost a tinkerer and a thinker with inspiring words and stories to match.
Anything you didn’t like about it? The new Goldie Blox books are written and formatted like a chapter book, but are quite a step above what is normally located in this collection. The length may be intimidating for some readers, but is still a fantastic read.
To whom would you recommend this book? Recommended for kids ready to graduate from Ivy and Bean or Princess in Black to something more complex. These stories are humorous and a great read for those who already love to build or tinker (or a way to inspire a first grader to start building or tinkering). The reading level is akin to the Mysteries of Maisie Hitchens series.
Who should buy this book? Childrens’ library collections (public and school)
Where would you shelve it ? Chapter Book or Juvenile Fiction collection (dependant on system in place within library)
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Why not? Preview a few pages to get an idea of the humor and story (it really jumps out!) and then set it in the back of your mind for RA.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Melissa McCleary, Pembroke Public Library, Pembroke, MA
Date of review: May 28, 2017