The Impossible Crime – Mac Barnett, illustrated by Mike Lowery

     The Impossible Crime (Mac B., Kid Spy #2) – Mac Barnett, illustrated by Mike Lowery, Scholastic/Orchard Books, 9781338143683, 2018

Format: Paperback, 160 pages

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

What did you like about the book? What I really liked about this book is that it is something I think kids will enjoy reading.  There are plenty of funny pictures, jokes, puns, and silly antics to keep a young reader entertained.  In this story, we follow Mac, a young spy hired by the Queen of England to protect the royal jewels. The queen has received a mysterious letter stating that a robbery attempt will be made on her jewels and she enlists the services of Mac.  Mac’s adventures include a trip to England and Scotland, spending the night in jail, a bite from a cobra, meeting a man who makes ice sculptures, and spending time with several of the Queen’s Corgis. In the end, Mac is able to solve the mystery and save the Queen’s precious jewels.

Anything you didn’t like about it? Nothing.

To whom would you recommend this book?  I can see young readers really enjoying this book.  The story reads just as a young energetic boy would talk — fast, rambling, and a little distracted, but I think that is what makes it appealing.  It is very readable for early elementary children. This would also make a great read aloud for children not quite ready to read a book like this on their own.  A caregiver could really add some fun drama to some of the dialogue in the story.

Who should buy it? Elementary and public school libraries, anyone that works with children over the age of five.

Where would you shelve it? Juvenile fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” pile? Yes

Reviewer:  Kristin Guay, Centerville Library, Centerville, MA

Date of Review:  December 10, 2018


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