A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

252. Ready Freddy! Shark Tooth Tale by Abby Klein

Shark Tooth Tale by Abby Klein. Illustrated by John McKinley
Ready, Freddy! #9

Rating: (3.5/5)

(Kindle) - (US) - (Canada) - (UK)

2006, Scholastic, 95 pgs

Age: 5+

"Get to know Freddy Thresher, the first grade shark expert with an uncanny knack for mischief. Join Freddy in this adventure as he schemes and scrimps, trying to earn enough money to buy an awesome fossilized shark tooth. Packed with humor, illustrations, and even factual information about sharks."

Purchased a new copy at a Scholastic Book Fair some time ago.

I'd never even heard of this series for beginning chapterbook readers and was pleasantly surprised to find it an enjoyable read.  The story was fun with several events taking place for excitement.  I enjoyed that the whole family was part of the story including the parents. I only disliked the bickering with the older sister; it was a bit too mean for my tastes but otherwise the characters were well written if cliched: the bully, the snooty girl, etc.  Educational information was placed into the story in a natural way, in this case about the prehistoric shark, the Megalodon.  Freddy is in Grade 1 and the series will appeal to younger elementary while certainly being aimed at boys.  I was also surprised at the quality of the illustration.  McKinley has a flair and style that is a cut above the norm.  I loved his characters and they certainly enhanced the story.  I would want to try another before fully recommending the series but at book #9 it is probably representational of the others.  A fun story!

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