by Ron Roy
Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: December, 2009
List Price: $4.99
Review: The Calendar Mysteries are back and better than ever! In this book there are four kids, Bradley, Brian, Nate, and Lucy. All these kids have been friends for a long time, and coincidentally so have all their older siblings. All of them are about the same age, but the author didn’t find it necessary to add the exact ages Now that the kids know what they are doing makes the story more interesting and the added in some life lessons here and there. To read February Friend you don’t need to have read the first book, January Joker.
On Valentine’s Day the Pinto boys will have to solve a mystery that is almost impossible to solve. What all happens on a normal Valentine’s Day became a fast paced, clue packed action book that is far more exciting than the last. When the kids find a valentine with no name on it and end up with a bunny that misses his owner so terribly he could just die, the Pinto boys end up trying to solve this case, but will they succeed? Will they find Douglas his owner before he dies? Or will this end a sad tale? You can find all this out in February Friend!
I enjoyed this book much better than the last. It had more action, suspense, and life lessons. It still lacks uniqueness in characters. What I mean by this is all the characters have too many similar traits that make the story less interesting. I guess it builds a better friendship, but that doesn’t necessarily make a better book. Plus, February Friend lacks important sensory details. Most definitely, February Friend is a book geared to early chapter book readers, probably under the age of 8. I look forward to seeing how the characters continue to develop in the next installment in March. And who knows maybe after one year worth of calendar mysteries the he will have them grow up a bit to help the younger reader transition to the A to Z Mysteries series.
Review written by Gabrielle (6th grade student).
We would like to thank Random House for providing a copy of February Friend for this review.
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