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MARSBY AND THE MARTIAN DETECTIVES

Author: Marcia Trimble

Illustrator: Jennifer Hayden

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Publisher: Images Press,

Material: paperback

Summary: The book provides a scientific exploration of space in the form of a play. This is an interactive book for acting and role-playing.

Type of Reading: Family reading, read aloud book, interactive reading

Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 10; read yourself: 10 and up

Interest Level: 10 and up

Age of Child: Read with a group of third graders. Students at W.M. Anderson Primary School, Kingstree, SC participated in this book review as part of our Use Your ABCs program.

Young Reader Reaction: Although this is billed for elementary students, the children appeared to get lost in the content: “This is boring.” “What are they talking about?” ‘Can we read something fun?” This book is best suited for 5-7th grade.

Adult Reader Reaction: I didn't find this book educationally engaging for the students. When I previewed the book it first appeared to make a good teaching resource. However, once you get into the book you really have to do more research or re-write content to fit the level of the students and that’s depending on the prior knowledge of the students.

Pros: The book presents a lot of information about space adventure and exploration in a way that involves kids in the learning.

Cons: Readability too high for independent reading, the book was cluttered and not aesthetically appealing, and not in color.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. There is valuable factual data, but getting through it will take some time.

If You Liked This Book, Try: CRAFTY INVENTIONS: OUTER SPACE   KRIS KRINGLE (A Read-Aloud Movie for Kids Young and Old)   EXPLORATOPIA

Educational Themes: There is a lot of information that you can draw from for your lessons. It will, however, take some work to get kids engaged in the content.

Notes: Comes with CD

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - science, space, interactive learning, middle grade

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2008

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