I love reading with my son and I am super excited to be doing his bedtime routine again now that my daughter doesn’t nurse to sleep . We have been devouring this series since picking it up at the library last Saturday. The power of a book series is that they instantaneously encourage your child to keep reading. When you introduce a series to your child try to have 3 installments on hand so that you can really get invested in it while the novelty of new characters is strong. That is the other thing that really connects children to series , even if the books are short the reader gets connected to the characters over the course of a few books. I will be reviewing other series in future posts as well. If you have a series you love please let me know in comments .
What stands out about A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy for me is that they are actually suspenseful. Reading with my son is one of my favorite things to do but when they book is a page turner it’s even better. The mysteries that the three main characters Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose solve are not figured out in the first two pages. There are plot twists , subtle clues along the way and just enough illustrations to help new independent readers but not too many to make them feel like it’s a picture book. We also love the map of Green Lawn the fictional setting of the books, not only does it serve to get a better picture of where the children are going in the stories, it also helps immerse the reader in the character’s reality and connect that much more. The characters in these books are good kids, they playfully tease each other but their friendship and care for each other is apparent in every book. The kids do get in over their heads sometimes but those situations are not glorified and give me the chance to talk to my son about why that wouldn’t be a safe choice. They always do the right thing even if they are on the edge from time to time.
What I enjoy the most about these books is that my son adores them and can read them without any help. The only thing is that if he reads it alone he then has to catch me up at bedtime on what he’s read independently because I don’t want to miss any clues either. The chapters all end with suspense and I have yet to have a night when my son hasn’t begged me to keep reading. Music to my ears!
Here is a quick plot summary of the first 3 books in the series.
The Absent Author is probably my favorite book in the series ( so far) because there are so many clues about the mysteriously absent author that the kids are trying to track down. I love the process they go through and my son was predicting and changing his prediction about who was behind the mystery the whole time. We read this one in one night .
The Bald Bandit This was the first book in the series that we read and even though it’s the 2nd book in the A-Z order I didn’t feel like we were missing anything or having to fill in any gaps. This book was really edge of your seat suspenseful and my son’s wide eyes while reading it was photo worthy. The kids are working to help gather info about a bank robber but do they really know who they are working with? A few pages in and I could tell this series was going to be gobbled up at our house. I was right.
The Canary Caper There is a pet snatcher in Green Lawn and the kids work together to solve the mystery . I loved how complex this story was. It really made my son think and put clues together. It also has a feisty old lady in it who is my new idol!
Do you have a favorite series you read with your kids? What was your favorite as a child? Leave a comment below and let us know.