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The Impossible Crime: Mac B., Kid Spy, Book 2

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Inspired silliness in laugh-out-loud spy mystery.

Book Mac Barnett Mystery 2018
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Based on 1 parent review

age 12+
There was one part I did not like which mentioned a man commiting suicide by letting an ice block melt underneath his feet. Not appropriate for my child, glad he didn't read on his own.

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Too much violence

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Kids say: Not yet rated

This clever locked-room mystery about the theft of the Crown Jewels is a whodunit and howdunit, but the real mystery is how Mac Barnett packs in so much fun -- and actual history! The Impossible Crime: Mac B., Kid Spy, Book 2 has abundant illustrations and a high joke-per-page ratio, and the narrator is young 7-year-old Mac himself, a video-game loving, wisecracking kid who does his American best to adapt to the demands of spying for the British Queen.

The text is droll, both Mac's deadpan commentary and the Queen's starchy dialogue, and the jokes include cross-Atlantic underwear gags -- American pants vs. British trousers. One chapter's just a two-sentence punchline. Another's padded with five pages of spelled-out numbers, from one to two hundred twenty-three, as Mac tries to stay awake counting stones (spoiler alert: He doesn't). The story's enlivened throughout with Lowery's cartoony art. Yet somehow, there's lots of historical content, and ideas that stretch kids' brains, for instance, the concept of locked-room mysteries, and comparisons of British versus American English. This highly entertaining second book will have kids clamoring for a third.

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