Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Josh and the Gumshoe News Crew - Book Review

About the Book

Title: Josh and the Gumshoe News Crew: The Super Secret
Author: Melissa Perry Moraja
Publication Date: May 5, 2014
Publisher: Melissa Productions
Pages: 154
Recommended Ages: 6+ (read-aloud)
Summary: Up until a few days ago, nothing extraordinary had ever happened in ten year old Josh Wunderkind’s life - except eating a whole pot of pasta by himself. But that all changed after a mammoth-sized bird hit him smack on the face with a glob of neon green bird poop, triggering his superhuman Wunderkind ability and leaving him with the responsibility of caring for a baby bird he named Max. Now Josh was just like his older brother and twin sister Madison-super extraordinary! But what Josh didn't realize was that being superhuman wasn't all fun and games.

And things only got more complex in Josh’s life when his two siblings and a couple neighborhood friends persuade him to lead a super crime-solving, neighborhood news team—the Gumshoe News Crew. But not before they agree on the Super Secret and complete Gumshoe Boot Camp.

Find out what the Super Secret is. Will the Gumshoe News Crew complete boot camp? Or will Josh let his team down?


My Review

The Wunderkind family members each have an extraordinary ability, all except 10 years old Josh.  Until he swallowed a globe of neon green bird poop.  Major YUCKS!

I love the training exercise that big brother Jake set up as a boot camp to train the Gumshoe News Crew members.  It looked so simple but I can image the fun they kids will have while following the map and counting the steps.  No wonder they take their time to savour the treasure of jelly beans, it was definitely hard work!  This is something kids of our time should learn to do it, have loads of fun playing outdoor!

This is a fun and humorous book to read, the illustrations in between some of the pages are a plus point too.  This will appeal to kids who are just starting out to read chapter books, the simple and funny illustrations will make them want to continue to read the story.

After reading for a while about the gang preparing themselves at the boot camp and making sure Josh has got enough training for his new special power I was expecting them to solve a crime but none of that.  I was left with a hollow feeling and I almost blurted out loudly in the crowded train "Huh? That's it?" in a disappointed tone.  HOWEVER, this shows that it is a book that you can't put down and definitely looking forward to the next book!

Gumshoe! Gumshoe! Gumshoe!

About the Author

Melissa Perry Moraja, Award-Winning Author and Founder of Melissa Productions, Inc., is an entrepreneurial mom, a multifaceted business woman, a creative producer, and an author and illustrator of numerous modern-fantasy children’s books and self-help books. And that’s just the beginning! Melissa also has published articles, appeared on television, been interviewed on radio, has spoken in front of hundreds of people, and held workshops at local schools, discussing creative learning, publishing and parenting. Her desire to make a difference in her four young children’s lives inspired her to leave her six-salary career at IBM in 2007 to become a full-time mom, children’s author, speaker, and consultant. Melissa spends her personal time coaching soccer and softball, painting, and coming up with fun art projects for her kids. She also blogs for Working Mother blog, has guest blogged for Charlotte Observer Mom’s Charlotte, and has her own personal blog at Not Your Ordinary Psychic Mom. Melissa is also committed to building awareness and support for type 1 diabetes. Her twin daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes November 4, 2011. To learn more about Madison’s type 1 diabetes disease please read Madison’s Story.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts in the Josh and the Gumshoe News Crew Blog Tour. I'm glad you enjoyed the book and I guess we'll all have to wait until the next book in the series for the Crew to fully take on a mystery. :-)