3rd grader book review: “I think it was pretty cool. It’s crazy how all of that stuff in the book could happen. I didn’t get all of the questions right, but only one was wrong. I liked figuring out the mysteries on my own. I didn’t always need hints, but they were helpful when I needed them. Yes, I would definitely recommend this book to my friends. I liked the twist, at first I thought everything was normal, but I didn’t understand the book yet.” When asked “what would you do differently, if you reread the book, what would you pay attention to?” He responded, “I would pay attention to the clues and little details.” When asked, “what would you say to the author?” He responded, “That it was a really good book.” He also said he would read more of the author’s books. When asked, “How would you say this mystery book was compared to other mystery books that you read?” He responded, “I think this one was the best one with an enormous twist.” When asked “did you like this book better because you had to figure it out on your own or would you prefer to just read the mystery?” He responded “I would prefer to figure it out myself.”
Mom’s Book Review: The author, Owen Johnson, did a great job of keeping children engaged through the book, What’s Wrong With Today? It is a mystery book that gets the kids thinking, due to having questions about the mystery at the end of each chapter. If the child has trouble answering the questions, he has helpful hints (questions) also at the end of the chapter to help the child figure them out. There were times when my son had to go back in the chapter to remember what had happened, since some of the clues he didn’t catch the first time around, since they were so subtle. I liked that this book had good and appropriate mysteries to solve, unlike some other books out there today for this particular age group. I would definitely recommend this book to any 3rd grader who loves mystery books.
Why we love it: It’s engaging, has mysteries to solve, is appropriate, and gets kids thinking.
Have your kids ever read What’s Wrong With Today? Did they enjoy solving the mysteries on their own? What did they think of it?