We Are the Brontë Sisters: Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum adapted by Brooke Vitale


We Are the Brontë Sisters: Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum adapted by Brooke Vitale. Penguin Young Readers Licenses, 9780593096376, 2020

Format:  Pictureback  8×8 with two sheets of stickers

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

What did you like about the book:   A fun introduction to important figures from history based on the PBS Kids animated TV series, Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum.   The series is about a boy named Xavier, his sister Yadina, and their best friend Brad.  In each episode they encounter a problem, then go to their Secret Museum to go back in time to meet a hero from the past that will help them to solve the problem.  The TV series is based on the “Ordinary People Change The World” book series by Brad Meltzer and Christopher Eliopoulos.

There are 12 titles in the Xavier Riddle and The Secret Museum book series.  In We are the Brontë Sisters, we find Brad is creating a Bike Man comic and has run out of ideas to finish it.   The three friends go to ‘The Secret Museum’ and travel back in time to find inspiration from the Brontë Sisters, famous poets and novelists, in England in 1826.   Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë introduce them to pretend play and using your imagination to tell stories where you make them up as you go.  Sometimes they get ideas from drawing, singing, or observing the people around them.  They help Brad to pretend he is Bike Man and come up with an ending for their pretend play.  Then when they return home, Brad finds that there are lots of ways to come up with story ideas and finishes his Bike Man comic with his best yet ending.  

Anything you didn’t like about it?  no

To whom would you recommend this book?   This is a great introduction to important people for young children and for getting ideas when you are writing stories or creating comics.  The series shares a powerful message that every boy and girl has what it takes to Change The World.   Any fans of the PBS Kids TV series will enjoy reading stories about their TV characters, heroes, and creating with their 35+ stickers.

Who should buy this book?  Preschools, day cares, elementary schools, home and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ?  Picture book paperbacks – TV shows

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? no

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Julie Durmis, J.C. Solmonese Elementary School, Norton, MA

Date of review:  August 23, 2020

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