Friday, October 23, 2009

Take the Mummy and Run

Amato, Mary. 2009. Take the Mummy and Run: The Riot Brothers Are On A Roll. Illustrations by Ethan Long. Holiday House. 226 pages.

First, you should know this is three books in one.

The Riot Brothers Solve A Mystery
The Riot Brothers Find a Lost Mummy
The Riot Brothers Have Fun At A Water Park.

Each adventure is six or seven chapters long. Very reader-friendly. And despite it's overall length, not that intimidating once you get a look at what's inside.

Our narrator is Wilbur Riot. Wilbur and his brother Orville are soon joined by their second cousin, Amelia E. Hart. Because she's a girl, the boys question whether or not she can be one of them, one of "the Riot Brothers." Does a girl know what's funny? Can she take a joke? Can she play a good joke? Cousin Amelia doesn't disappoint Wilbur and Orville, and I doubt she'll disappoint readers.

Did I like this one? Surprisingly yes. Let me qualify that. I had really, really low expectations for this one. I didn't expect to like it at all. I mean it just looked so immature, so silly, so not what a grown-up should be spending their time reading. Well, unless they're reading it out loud to their kids. Was it silly? Yes. But I'm glad that there are books out there like this one. (This is the fourth in the series, by the way.) Because I think this book does have a certain amount of kid-appeal. And I think series books like this could hook a reader early. And that is a good thing.

This is a book about kids for kids.

© Becky Laney of Young Readers

1 comment:

  1. You hit it when you said that books like this can hook a reader early. My favorite letters to get are the ones from young readers saying that they didn't like reading until they found the Riot Brothers. Seriously gratifying!Yours truly, Mary Amato