I have another great book to share with you today, The Maisy Files: Maisy and the Missing Mice by Elizabeth Woodrum. I have a real soft spot for the name Maisy which is why I grabbed this book when I first saw it. But, soft spot or not, the book is fantastic! It is a fun mystery along the lines of Encyclopedia Brown or Cam Jansen for young readers.
About the Book
Summary: Maisy Sawyer is not your average fourth grade student. She is a detective with a special skill for solving mysteries. She loves black and white mystery movies, cherry lollipops, and her dog, Reesie. When a thief known as The Black Boot steals the school’s mascots and her lollipops, Maisy sets out to solve the case. Can she help return the mice to their home in the science lab? Will she ever see her beloved lollipops again? Find out in the first book in The Maisy Files series.
I loved this book, as did my oldest three children, ages 9, 7, and 3. We signed up to review this book both here and with a video book review from my 7-year old over at Desperate Homeschoolers, and the author was kind enough to give us the book in pdf form as well as the audiobook in exchange for our honest reviews! When I went to send the pdf to my Kindle, I realized I had already purchased it for Kindle due to my afore-mentioned soft spot for the name Maisy! So, we are able to comment on nearly all of the available formats!
I was very pleased with the quality of both the Kindle version and the pdf, and the audio version is fantastic! My 7-year old has listened to it at least twice a day for the past week – no joke! She carries the Kindle all around the house with her now, and as much as I enjoy this book, I finally had to ask her to use headphones. 🙂
I love the way this book is old-fashioned and clean, yet still appeals to modern kids. It is obvious that the author knows and enjoys many fourth graders on a regular basis. The mystery was intriguing even to me, and I found myself thinking and trying to solve the mystery before Maisy did! My favorite thing about the book was that while Maisy is on a case, she sees the world in black and white like in old detective movies. I just love that!
I think the book lends itself very well to some open-ended journaling activities so I made a page for my girls to enjoy. You can download it for free by clicking on the picture or the link below!
My only complaint (and this is very minor) was the brief mention of Maisy and her best friend having a crush on the same boy. It was totally age-appropriate and was not dwelt upon in the book, but I just found myself wishing it wasn’t there. It had nothing to do with the story, and while I know a lot of fourth graders probably talk about these things, crushes haven’t entered my daughter’s mind yet and I’m trying to postpone it as long as I can! It’s only mentioned in passing though, and I’m not sure my daughter really even noticed it, so it’s not a big deal.
A fun feature of this book is that the author has made it available on Teachers Pay Teachers along with a 20 page teacher resource activity book, containing 19 activity pages for use with the story. The pages look great and cover skills including vocabulary, making inferences, cause and effect, sequencing, and comparing and contrasting. You can also buy just the book from Amazon or Createspace (links below.)
* NOTE: The Kindle version is available for only 99 cents through Amazon. OR, you can receive 15% off the regular price of the print version of Maisy and the Missing Mice by visiting https://www.createspace.com/4368649 in the month of March and entering the code RXJN6DUZ upon checking out.
“Woodrum certainly knows her target audience and does a very nice job with the character development of Maisy. This is an incredibly kid-friendly story that makes a great introduction to the genre of mystery for newly independent readers. It’s a quick page turning read that encourages kids to think outside of the box.” ~ The Children’s Book Review
“My name is Kat. I am 9 years old. I would rate this a five because I like everything about it, the mystery the most. It was fun to read. My favorite part was the mystery and the end. I love this book so much. I think other kids would love it too because it has mystery and most kids would like mystery books. Most mystery books have a good mystery. I would love to read the whole series.” ~ 5 Star Review, Heather A., Amazon
“I knew I would love this book simply because I knew it would remind me of the mystery books I read in my childhood. I really love how much trust the teachers and community as a whole put in Maisy. She is well deserving of their admiration as the way she finds clues and finds the mascot for the school is well thought out. This is a story any child would love to read. I hope Maisy continues to solve mysteries…” ~ 5 Star Review, Josh, Amazon
About the Author: Elizabeth Woodrum
Elizabeth Woodrum is an elementary teacher in Ohio. She came to love writing when she was in elementary school, but more recently began writing material for use in her classroom. From that writing, grew the desire to write books for the general population of children and adults alike. The Maisy Files, a children’s series, is the first series that she has published. The series currently has one book, Maisy and the Missing Mice. Elizabeth plans to add more books to the series, and would also like to publish books for adults in the future.
As a reader, Elizabeth prefers the fantasy genre, but she enjoys realistic fiction as well. Some of her favorite authors include JK Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Rick Riordan, Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins, and Nicholas Sparks. Originally from Indiana, Elizabeth currently resides near Dayton, Ohio with her two pets: a cat named Butterscotch and a dog named Reese Cup.
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