Children’s books can be hit or miss. Since my children were born I have committed to reading at least 20 minutes each night. As they grew older and learned to read, we switched it up where we took turns reading to one another and then eventually they were to read on their own.
Jake, my first child, loved reading. When he was in second grade his teacher told him to cut back on reading so much because he made the other children look bad. I was ticked as Jake took heed and cut back on his reading. He still read and by fifth grade he was reading on the level of a second year college student. He was sent home a summer reading list that included things like “Bird migratory paths for Canada” and a slew of history books. By sixth grade, I remember picking up his assigned reading books and trying to read them and thinking, “Wow! This is some serious reading!”
Zac, my seconds didn’t like reading on his own. Then in fourth grade he found James and the Giant Peach and his nose was always in a book–and still is! To this day he reads Roald Dahl.
The Beauty Queen is probably my best reader. She reads everything! Percy Jackson is her absolute favorite.
And then there is Li’l Man. He loves learning, but is the laziest reader on the planet. He once came home telling me how much he loved this book. Each night when it was reading time, he’d disappear into his room and then report back how fantastic his book was. I thought it was out of character so one evening, while he was sleeping, I picked up the book and read it. The next day as he boasted it to be “the best book ever written”, I gave him a book test. And that is when I learned my kiddo was a reading liar. He knew nothing about the book!
I tried taking him to the book store, but his interests rested only in the books with bells and whistles like “locks”, LEGO men being included and gimmicks. I told him, “Not happening”.
Then one day, Clueless McGee Gets Famous! arrived from Penguin Young Readers Group for us to review. It’s geared for children ages 8-12, which fits Li’l Man. It’s the third book in Jeff Mack’s hilarious comic-style series for middle-graders. I handed it to Li’l Man and announced, “No lip. This is your new book.”
Panic struck when he disappeared and came back exclaiming that this book was awesome! So each night I have quizzed him on what he as read. He REALLY is reading it! In fact, on the weekends, he picks it up over a video game!
In his latest adventure, kid private investigator Clueless McGee’s autographed cowboy hat has been stole,and he’s determined to solve the crime.
Clueless McGee knows that he’ll be a famous private detective in no tie, which is why he is already practicing his autograph. When his father sends hi a cowboy hat with a curious scribble on it, Clueless finds out it is actually the autograph of a famous country star and teen sensation Junior McFiddle! Suddenly, everyone in school wants to be Clueless’s friend…and they especially want his hat. When it goes missing, Clueless sets a trap to catch a thief, with amusing consequences.
The author, Jeff Mack’s humor lights up this comic mystery, which manages to lampoon teen music sensations while offering junior sleuths a child-friendly mystery. Li’lMan can relate to Clueless’s curiosity and learn that treating others with kindness and respect is more important than popularity.
This book is fun and reminded me of my obsession as a child with the Encyclopedia Brown series. It has Li’l Man reading every night and laughing out loud. I love dinner conversation where he shares Clueless’s adventures as if he is a kid in his class! Purchase your copy of Clueless McGee Gets Famous and introduce your child to the adventure of reading.