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Summary: Billy (age 9) lives with his eccentric, over-protective grandmother in her New York City rowhouse. When birdfrogs invade their home, Grandma barricades them indoors. Then, they discover the house was built directly over a long cavernous tunnel. Mabel (Billy’s mother) is a paleontologist, so they called on her to investigate the phenomenon. She and her team made many valuable finds (including a woolly mammoth!), but then Mabel disapeared. This is a bizarre, zany, fast-paced and funny story as told by Billy.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, independent reading, reluctant reader, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 9 to 12
Adult Reader Reaction: This is an enjoyable and fun book to read. The author’s imagination, sense of humor, and obvious comfort with zany and wacky characters, promise the reader a memorable experience. This is certainly the type of book that will keep an adolescent audience reading, chatting, and looking for the next book.
Pros: Pre-teen readers (and their parents) will enjoy this delightful and imaginative story.
Cons: None noted by this reviewer. Other reviewers have described the book as "scary in parts."
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This author creates a memorable, action-packed story.