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Mac Undercover: Mac B., Kid Spy, Book 1

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Rollicking spy adventure is loaded with humor.

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age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Beheadings and executions

References and pictures (non-gory) of historical beheadings and executions. Good humor. I could explain the historical references of the beheadings but we both could have done without the pictures of heads chopped off.
1 person found this helpful.
age 10+
The books seem educational and witty, but I don't think the pictures of the heads chopped off are appropriate for young kids.

This title has:

Educational value
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

You don't get much more kid friendly than this rollicking, illustrated spy adventure. Mac Undercover: Mac B., Kid Spy, Book 1 is pure fun to read, as the dry-witted kid narrator is whisked off to England, France, Russia, and home again, all in service to the Queen of England. Author Mac Barnett has a reputation as a sly and witty prankster, and kids will love his insistence that this fantastic story "actually happened to me." A Top Secret note opens the book, claiming, "I was a spy for the Queen of England when I was a kid. It was a different time. 1989, to be exact."

The jokes are equally divided between the text, with its fast-paced silliness, and cartoon-like illustrations by Mike Lowery. There's art on most pages, and it delivers some of the punch lines; for instance, throwing shade on British cookies by labeling a dry-looking biscuit both "Dog Biscuit (USA)" and "Biscuit (England)." Seamlessly woven into the fun is some solid nonfiction content -- including historical notes about the countries Mac visits.

Book Details

  • Author: Mac Barnett
  • Illustrator: Mike Lowery
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Topics: Adventures , History
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Orchard Books
  • Publication date: September 11, 2018
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 7 - 10
  • Number of pages: 160
  • Available on: Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: June 3, 2018

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