Thursday, July 28, 2011

Extra Book Review: Mermaid Mysteries

Rosa and the Water Pony (Mermaid Mysteries, Book 1)
by Katy Kit, illustrated by Tom Knight
Albert Whitman & Company, 2011.
Grades K-2
Reviewed from ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley.

Book blurb:

The mermaid friends are excited about Mermaid Bay's annual carnival where the best performance wins a beautiful pearl necklace! Rosa uses magic to create a pony out of water, and she plans to perform amazing tricks on its back. But just before the carnival begins, the magical water pony is stolen. Who is trying to sabotage the friends' performance--and why? (Goodreads.com)

This is a cute book, aimed at readers just ready to start reading chapter books.  I think the chapters could have been a little shorter for this particular age group, but that is a minor quibble.  The illustrations are cute and perfect for beginning readers, balancing out the text nicely. The biggest problem I had with this book was the shallowness of the story and the blandness of the characters.  However, I don't think the girls who this series is aimed at will notice either of those things, they will simply be thrilled to have a mermaid book to read.  Mermaids are almost as popular at my school as princesses and fairies.  It will be nice to have something to hand them when they ask for mermaid books.  Strangely enough, there aren't a lot of mermaid books for this age group.

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