Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Book Review: 'Kell and the Detectives' by Darcy Pattison

Darcy Pattison is an Arkansas children's book author and writing teacher. In 1999, she created the Novel Revision Retreat, which she now teaches across the nation. As a children's book author her books have been translated into nine languages, and have been recognized for excellence by starred reviews, Book of the Year awards, state award lists and more. She is the 2007 recipient of the Arkansas Governor's Arts Award for Individual Artist for her work in children's literature.

Sparsely illustrated by Rich Davis in tiny pen and ink drawings and far more of a `mostly words' format than her other I WANT A DOG and I WANT A CAT little master pieces, the book will appeal to older children (the author has noted age 6 - 12). The story is cute and has some sound ideas and makes up in super heroes for what it lacks in the warmth arena. The author's synopsis is sound: Kell makes a startling discovery: he has zigzag fingerprints! Worse, Mrs. Lynx and the Society of Alien Chasers know that the aliens have zigzag fingerprints! They are on the hunt. Everyone turns detective in this continuing adventure of an alien family from planet Bix, who struggles to make ends meet by putting on birthday parties for kids. But the stakes are higher than ever. Because Kell's mom has just laid a beautiful egg. Will it be a boy or girl alien? (HINT: Boys come from green eggs.) With Mrs. Lynx on the prowl, can Kell and Bree keep the egg safe?’

Darcy Pattison writes well and it is wise she chooses not to limit her material to a single category. Stepping into the world of aliens proves a fine territory for her. Grady Harp, May 17
I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it.

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