Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Case of the Million-Dollar Mystery by James Preller - OPTIONAL

Preller, James The Case of the Million-Dollar Mystery, 92 pages. Feiwel and Friends, 2013 (2017 reprint).  $5.  Language: G (o swears); Mature Content: G; Violence: G.
When Jigsaw’s classmates all start receiving cryptic notes stating ‘I saw what you did’ –he and Mila take the case, well numerous cases. On top of that, his class has been studying inventors and one of his classmates claims to have a really amazing top secret idea –when the sealed envelope for that idea goes missing –Jigsaw lands another case. Even the principal lands on the list of suspects this time and Jigsaw has a lot on his plate.
Dated cover art, dated language, and a boatload of characters –this book (series) could be a hard sell for its target audience of younger readers. But that being said the story is wholesome and the mystery never gets scary. I think if a teacher did a read-a-loud to get students liking this series, you might see some circulation.
EL (K-3) – OPTIONAL Stephanie, Elementary School Librarian & Author

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