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Summary: The Extreme Monster Team is busy preparing for a special charity event to save the Croney Island roller coaster. In the process, Wulf begins to taunt Minx taking her magic spell book and wand, wrecklessly uttering magic spells and carelessly waving the magic wand. All at once there is an explosion. When the dust settled, Wulf had disappeared. Where did he go? How will the team perform without him? Is the Croney Island roller coaster doomed to meet the wrecking ball? This is book two of this magical adventure series.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, anytime reading, family reading, read aloud book, middle grade reader, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 12; read yourself: 8 and up
Interest Level: 7 to 12
Age of Child: Read by students at Northumberland Elementary School, Newport News, VA for the Reading Tub's Use Your ABCs program. Read with children ages 9 and 10.
Young Reader Reaction: As I was reading, the kids were busy trying to figure out what would happen next. They always wanted to keep on reading. I was surprised they liked it, but the different activities throughout the book kept them interested.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is the second book in the Extreme Monsters series. The author and illustrator are new, but they have maintained the formula for success achieved in the first book.
Pros: The characters, setting, and plot strongly appeal to the intended audience. The author has not only produced a good story but as embellished it by including games, puzzles, and riddles that positively engage the reader.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a good story; pre-teens will want to read it more than once. The activities add interest, not to mention opportunities for problem solving.
Educational Themes: This is, quite simply, a fun book that is likely to be read multiple times. As an educational tool, it may help get reluctant readers or remedial readers interested in reading.
Literary Categories: fiction - fantasy, adventure, magic, series book
Date(s) Reviewed: April 2007, November 2008
Other Reviews: No Critics' Reviews or reader feedback found at bn.com (Barnes & Noble) or borders.com.
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