Monsters, Mayhem and a Sprinkling of Crumbs
by Tracey Corderoy.
Author: Tracey Corderoy
Reviewed by: Katy Reeve
Series: Book 2 -Sprinkling of Crumbs Series
Age range: 6-9 years
Genre: Humour, Mystery
This book is an excellent choice if your child:
Loves detailed pictures
Enjoys funny, character, mystery stories
Has read short chapter books independently
Gets drawn into a narrative through the description of characters and setting, and loves a cat and mouse tale, where the villains are often outsmarted.
Wants a book that has humorous, detailed drawings that bring the story alive.
Needs to develop self-confidence and reading stamina, moving on from simple chapter books.
A laugh out loud detective story perfect for a 6+reader. The plot is engaging and humorous, however, for me, it was the illustrations that stole the show, they added rich description and detail. The unstoppables were introduced subtly in their different guises – I loved watching my son piece together the evidence, flick back to cross-reference the pictures and gasp when he worked out who was who.
The plot trots along nicely to maintain interest, with nice, short chapters to ensure developing readers have the stamina to get through them at a pace. All the characters were sustained and developed throughout, with my favourite, Aunt Beastly, presented as an unwitting, bumbling fool – a refreshing take on the ‘going to stay with your aunt’ character.
As this is the second book in the series, initially I felt as if I should have started with the first book, but it isn’t necessary at all. Monsters Mayhem and a sprinkling of crumbs will be enjoyed on its own as an entertaining ‘cat and mouse’ story, where the children outwit the criminal masterminds.