Friday, April 29, 2016

The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones by Will Mabbitt - ESSENTIAL

Mabbitt, Will The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones (Mabel Jones #1), illustrated by Ross Collins. 290 pgs. Viking (Penguin), 2015. $16.99. Violence: PG (Pirates); Language: PG (4 mild swears).  

Mabel Jones is kidnapped by Pirates when they witness her performing The Deed (picking her nose and eating it) but she is saved from walking the Greasy Pole of Certain Death when they realize that she can read and spell. Now, she must help them find the men who have the pieces of X so that she can open the porthole and return home.  

This is a delightful book!  Mabel is strong and resourceful, the writing is brilliant and the adventure is exciting.  The text layout is a lot of fun, lots of design and font changes.  This would be a great addition to either an elementary or middle school library.  

EL, MS ESSENTIAL  Lisa Librarian

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