Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Monster’s Daughter by Paul Gamble - OPTIONAL

Gamble, Paul The Monster’s Daughter (Ministry of Suits #2) 378 pages. Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan), 2017. $16.99.

Content: G

Ministry operatives Jack and Trudy are back at it, solving mysteries and uncovering the truth about the beings that most people are convinced don’t exist. Think tooth fairy and Santa Claus. When the criminal aquatic creatures break free from the aquarium prison, Jack and Trudy have their work cut out for them. There’s an old woman who disappears into the ocean, a bath bomb that’s really a bomb, spiders that live under bathtubs, and a drilling platform in the middle of the school playing field. Jack and Trudy must piece together the clues or Ireland could be sucked into the ocean like a bath toy down a drain.

This book aims to confirm the existence of the people and places we’ve come to accept as hoaxes. It’s funny, but you must have a deep appreciation for sarcasm to enjoy this book. It satires official documents, by including nonsensical footnotes and casefiles to further give “evidence” in support of the hoaxes. Kids like to believe that they have the world figured out and it’s the adults who are clueless. Those kids will devour this book. This book is written for kids who are constantly trying to trick others in a non-malicious way. If you know kids like that, this is a book for your library.

EL, MS – OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Valerie McEnroe, Media Specialist

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