Thursday, July 23, 2020

#road2reading Challenge - Chapter Book Summer series - mysteries - 7.23.2020

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This summer I'll be sharing chapter books that are perfect for a range of readers.  
Stop by every Thursday and find a round up of books you'll want to use with your readers!

Today on the Chapter Book Summer series, we're going to turn our attention to some mysteries.  There aren't many out there, but kids love solving puzzles and figuring things out, so you'll want to have some of these books on hand!

Didi Dodo, Future Spy by Tom Angleberger
Didi Dodo Future Spy: Recipe for Disaster
written by Tom Angleberger
illustrated by Jared Chapman
You may be familiar with Didi Dodo from the Inspector Flytrap series.  I love that Didi is getting her own mystery series.  There is one big difference - unlike in Inspector Flytrap where there are several mini-mysteries to solve, with each mystery have a few chapters to tell the story - this series has one mystery to solve that goes through the entire book.  The book is divided into parts and inside the parts are chapters, but the mystery goes through all of the parts before it is solved.  I would suggest readers start with the Inspector Flytrap series and then move to Didi Dodo.
In this first book, Didi helps Koko Dodo, a master baker, figure out who stole his Super Secret Fudge Sauce.  Didi, who is still learning how to be a spy (hence the "future spy" part), convinces Koko to solve the mystery together.  Just like Inspector Flytrap, there are goofy events and things that will make young readers chuckle, all while trying to solve a mystery.  Illustrations on every page will help give some support to readers who are excited to read a chapter book.

The Unbelievable Oliver and the Four Jokers by Pseudonymous Bosch
The Unbelievable Oliver and the Four Jokers
written by Pseudonymous Bosch
illustrated by Shane Pangburn
A mystery and a magic book!  And it looks to be a series.  
Olive is small for his age and has two close friends, twins Bea and Teenie, and he is the only kid in his class to not be invited to super popular, Maddox's birthday party.  Oliver has recently found magic and is looking into being a magician.  After Bea and Teenie get him invited to Maddox's party (as the entertainment - the magician) Oliver visits the local magic shop to get some ideas for tricks.  He ends up walking away with a very old hat, that unbeknownst to him, has a talking rabbit inside.
At the party, Oliver still doesn't have any great magic tricks to show, but no worries, he soon has a mystery to solve.  One of Maddox's birthday gifts is stolen and it's up to Oliver and the twins to solve the mystery.  It's solved pretty quickly without too many clues for the reader and tied up quickly.  With illustrations on every page, while the story is a bit longer (just under 200 pgs), the pictures help the story move along quickly.

Mysteries are always so popular, I'm hoping one of these series will capture the attention of your readers!

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1 comment:

  1. These look fun! My adult fiction reading is almost all mysteries. I often wish more picture books and easy readers were mysteries...I put these on my tbr shelf. Thanks!