Mac B., Kid Spy: Mac Undercover by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Mike Lowery

by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Mike Lowery. Orchard, 2018.  9781338143591

Format: ARC

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

Genre:  Mystery/adventure

What did you like about the book?
Mac Barnett takes us back to his childhood in the 1980’s, before he was a bestselling author, when he was a spy for the Queen of England. You didn’t know about that?  Well, since Mac had the best grades in his class, the Queen naturally tapped him to solve the mystery of her stolen Crown Jewels. I love that she just phones him out of the blue and flies him to England to begin his investigation. Along with one of the Queen’s Corgies, Mac travels to Paris and Moscow and ultimately solves the crime. Fun to read and profusely illustrated in a zesty, retro style in three-part colors, the book has definite kid appeal and lots of humor.

To whom would you recommend this book?  A great easy mystery for kids, ages 6-10, ready to leave mostly illustrated books such as Captain Underpants.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Children’s fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? As a fan of Barnett, I say yes!

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

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