Monday, April 17, 2017

Carnival In a Fix by Philip Reeve - ADVISABLE

Reeve, Philip Carnival In a Fix, illustrated by Sarah McIntyre. 224 pages. CHAPTER BOOK.  Random House, 2017.  $12.99.  Content: Language: G (0 swears) Mature Content: G  Violence: G.

Emily has lived on Funfair Moon above the Lost Property Office since she hatched from an unclaimed egg almost ten years ago.  When not in school, Emily enjoys watching Mr. Jinks and Mr. O’Hare check the rides and repair any that need fixing.  Although she’d love to help them, they don’t enjoy having a, “little hatchling interfering.” But on this particular day, many of the rides seem to be malfunctioning.  This happens to be the same day that Mr. Moonbottom has arrived to conduct a health and safety inspection and Lord Krull’s son Colin goes missing.  Can Emily help save the day and Funfair Moon?!

As an adult, I read this book and wasn’t hugely impressed.  However, my almost nine-year-old son had been itching to read this book since he saw it.  Since he’s the appropriate age of the intended audience, I was curious to hear his review.  He really enjoyed the book.  He liked the carnival theme and reading about all of the different rides.  He found the illustrations humorous and really liked the cotton-candy monster. I think other kids his age will find this book as entertaining and humorous as he did.  This is the fourth book in Reeve and McIntyre’s Not-So-Impossible Tale series and you bet my son has asked me to get him the other books to read!

EL - ADVISABLE.  Reviewer:  Nancy W.

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