Museum Mystery Squad and the Case of the Hidden Hieroglyphics – Mike Nicholson, illustrated by Mike Phillips


     Museum Mystery Squad and the Case of the Hidden Hieroglyphics – Mike Nicholson, illustrated by Mike Phillips, Young Kelpies, (9781782503620), 2017

Format: Paperback

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre: Mystery

What did you like about the book? The Museum Mystery Squad consists of Kennedy, Napster, Laurie and Colin the hamster. The four are called upon to solve mysteries as they arise in the Museum. Each book begins with this preface: “Some people think that museums are boring places. Wrong. Think more of Wild animals, Ancient Mummies, enormous insects, Colourful costumes, glittering treasure and amazing objects found nowhere else in the world.” In this story, the three (four) kids are asked to help with deciphering hieroglyphics newly discovered on the tomb of an Egyptian mummy. The expert called in seems a bit shady to the kids so they do a lot of research, becoming convinced that he might be up to no good. They once again save the day. All of the books in this series are fast-moving, filled with interesting facts that should spur readers on to their own explorations, well-written, fun and wonderfully illustrated with black and white drawings by Mike Phillips.

Anything you did not like about this book? No, the book is fun, engaging, well-written and enjoyable.

To whom would you recommend this book? This would be a great teacher read aloud which could be followed up by other books in the series.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Juvenile fiction

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No, but a great read-aloud to classrooms or for kids reading on their own.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 8/2/2017

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