Parents' Guide to

The Adventures of Vin Fiz

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Story of magical plane fails to take flight.

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age 7+

Vin Fiz Loved by 2nd Graders

Story Lady for 2nd grade has found kids love having this story read to them (3 years of classes now). They particularly like seeing pictures of the real Vin Fiz in the Smithsonian after they have heard the story. Story is kids-level action adventure. It includes a magical box and plane, otherwise there is no reason any parent should be concerned about this book. As usual for Cussler, there is a hint of history mixed with an adventurous tale; this time just right for kids. Looking forward to his 2010 children's book adventure about the race boat Hotsy Totsy, also featuring the Nicefolk children introduced in Vin Fiz..

Is It Any Good?

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Cussler is a well-known author of adult books, but, as often happens when adult writers try to make the transition to kids' books, he underestimates the difficulty -- and his audience. The premise is fantastic enough (kids use a magical plane to stop crime and save lives), but the tone is condescending at best. The story is filled with cutesy names (Ever and Ima Nicefolk, Stoke and Blaze Firepit, etc.), cutesy phrases ("in less time than it takes to say 'dingle, fingle, gingle ...'"), and logical holes big enough to fly a biplane through.

Cussler has a habit of didactically explaining some of his vocabulary. Worst of all, however, is the ending, which reads as if the author just lost interest in his own story. Of course his readers may have lost interest long before that. This may have worked as a bedtime story for Cussler's grandchildren, but as a book, it's weak.

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