In the first book of a middle-grade fantasy-comedy-mystery series, Brodie Adkins is thrown into the wacky world of Monstrovia where he encounters flying serpents, deadly giants and a monstrous murder mystery that only he can solve! In Monstrovia, anything can and does happen! Kids of all ages won’t be able to put it down until the hilarious surprising ending. Join the adventure as related by award-winning author Mark Newhouse from the diary of Brodie Adkins!
I really enjoyed reading this book with my children. My girls, thirteen and eleven, took turns with me reading the book outloud to my son, age seven. It held his attention very well.
In this story we meet Brodie who is visiting Monstrovia for the first time. He is staying with his uncle who is a defense attorney. Monstrovia is a fantasy land where fictional characters from books and movies live. Jack, Jan and the Beanstalk, has been accused of murdering the giant from the same story. It is up to Brodie and his uncle to prove his innocence. This is no easy task considering then case is being heard in a Giant Courthouse, the judge is a giant, and the Jack keeps saying things that make him look guilty. Jack's sister also make things difficult by saying and doing things without thinking of how they effect the murder case.
This story is fast paced. There isn't a single dull moment. Each and every page has something interesting going on. On top of all the action and exploring, the author also makes this educational. He explains legal systems in a way that is easy for choldren to understand. My kids now know what the basic duties of a defence attorney are, and court procedures. I loved that they were learning and didn't even realize it.
This is meant for middle grade readers. I think that is an appropriate label, but this book is also great as a read outloud book for younger readers.
I am so excited that this book is the first book in what will be a series featuring Brodie, his uncle, and Monstrovia. I will definitely read the next book in this series when it comes out.
I recommend this to middle grade readers. It would make a great addition to any public, school, private, or personal library. This would make a great book to read outloud to group or individual younger readers.
I received a ebook copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.