About the BookTitle: Maisy and the Missing Mice (The Maisy Files) | Author: Elizabeth Woodrum | Publication Date: September 24, 2013 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 75 | Recommended Ages: 6 to 10 Summary: Maisy Sawyer is not your average fourth grade student. She is a detective with a special skill for solving mysteries. She loves black and white mystery movies, cherry lollipops, and her dog, Reesie. When a thief known as The Black Boot steals the school's mascots and her lollipops, Maisy sets out to solve the case. Can she help return the mice to their home in the science lab? Will she ever see her beloved lollipops again? Find out in the first book in The Maisy Files series.
Heart of a Philanthropist's Take
Maisy is a typical fourth grader. She likes lollipops, her dog Reesie, and boys. She especially likes solving mysteries! Maisy discovers that the school mice are missing and decides to solve the case. Unlike any fourth grader I know, Maisy is good at taking notes, and even types them in so she has a running record. This is a good thing for fourth graders to want to emulate. She is also respected by her peers and adults- another good character trait.
One thing I didn't like is that Maisy told her parents she was going out to walk the dog. IT was only partly true. She was actually going to meet someone ALONE that may have answers to the mystery. These are two things I don't want my fourth grader (or even high schooler) doing. Rather than use this for a reason to not like the book, use it as a conversation starter with your child.
I like the old time mystery feel of the book (some of it is portrayed like an old time movie), and I like that Maisy has a fedora (so does my child).
The story is wrought with detail- some unnecessary, but that makes the reader have to decide what is important to the case and what isn't.
What a fun series! I am looking forward to future books from Ms. Woodrum.
"Woodrum certainly knows her target audience and does a very nice job with the character development of Maisy. This is an incredibly kid-friendly story that makes a great introduction to the genre of mystery for newly independent readers. It's a quick page turning read that encourages kids to think outside of the box." ~ The Children's Book Review
"My name is Kat. I am 9 years old. I would rate this a five because I like everything about it, the mystery the most. It was fun to read. My favorite part was the mystery and the end. I love this book so much. I think other kids would love it too because it has mystery and most kids would like mystery books. Most mystery books have a good mystery. I would love to read the whole series." ~ 5 Star Review, Heather A., Amazon
"I knew I would love this book simply because I knew it would remind me of the mystery books I read in my childhood. I really love how much trust the teachers and community as a whole put in Maisy. She is well deserving of their admiration as the way she finds clues and finds the mascot for the school is well thought out. This is a story any child would love to read. I hope Maisy continues to solve mysteries..." ~ 5 Star Review, Josh, Amazon