Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity

No, I typed that title correctly. It's The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity and it was written by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Adam Rex, and the audio book was narrated by Artie Johnson. (Hey kids! Go ask your grandparents who Artie Johnson is!) First off, I have to say, I love when librarians in children's literature turn out to be so much more than librarians, like the evil librarians in Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians. In The Case 12 year old Steve Brixton stumbles upon a mystery in his local library and learns that "librarians are the most elite, best trained secret force in the United States of America. Probably in the world." This is, of course, true, but shhhh! it's a secret! Steve is then mistaken for a real detective after accidentally flashing his Official Bailey Brothers Genuine Detective's Investigation License at a librarian while trying to check out a book. This book lovingly pokes fun at young detective book series like the Hardy Boys. Fans of that genre will enjoy the in jokes about kid detectives. Adam Rex's illustrations are also very reminiscent of those old detective stories, especially the vignettes on the endpapers. This was a fun and fast read that I would recommend for grades 3 and up.

Only a few more weeks left of summer! I have quite a few books left to read/listen to and more to look forward to when school starts!

Don't forget to leave me a comment and tell me what you've been reading and how you liked it.

1 comment:

Cyndie Todd said...

I knew it! Those mild mannered knitting needles are actually secret communication devices/poison dart delivery systems, aren't they, MRSLIBEARIAN?!?!? (IF that, in fact, is your REAL name!)

I'm currently reading My Booky Wook by Russel Brand. It's quite the self-indulgent, self-pitying, self-aggrandizing recovering heroin addict memoir of half a life lived. I'm ready for a trashy beach novel set in Los Angeles that's about an ambitious tart who gets her comeuppance.