Maisy Sawyer is not your average fourth grade student. She is a detective with a special skill for solving mysteries. In the first story in the series, Maisy tries to solve the case when her school's mascots go missing. The thief contacts Maisy and steals from her as well. Can Maisy catch the thief and return the mice to their home in the science lab?
©2013 Elizabeth Woodrum (P)2013 Elizabeth Woodrum
This was a fun and quick read. I listened to it with my 6 year old and he loved it.
Maisy loves the old black and white detective movies and loves nothing better than solving mysteries like her favourite detectives. When her school mascots goes missing, Maisy goes into detective mode to find them.
As I said, my 6 year old son really enjoyed this. He thought Maisy was brave and smart and had a lot of fun trying to see who was the culprit. Myself, I thought Maisy is a worthy heroine. I loved how when she goes into detective mode, she sees the world as black and white and when she gets close to solving it, the colour starts to seep back in. It was a unique and interesting addition to Maisy.
The plot is fast paced and even though it's a very short listen, it was a well fleshed out and entertaining read. The author did a great job of building the suspense and clues and creating a lovable heroine.
In all, a great listen for your child. It captures their attention and makes them eager to read the whole book.
Initially, I found it odd to listen to Reba Buhr because she sounded like a chipmunk, very high pitched and fast, but I quickly saw that my son must have accidentally sped up the speed because it was at 2.5 times the normal!! Once I slowed it down a bit, the narrator became a little more easier to listen to, though I still found her to use too high a pitch for Maisy. It felt a little forced!
Maisy and the Missing Mice was a fun mystery for the younger set. I have to say, I enjoyed it as well. The story was well written and it was fun to guess 'whodunit'. I thought the narrator did a nice job.
fun, quirky, and old-fashioned
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!
This is our first, but we would definitely buy another of hers!
A few parts made us laugh out loud.
Knowledge is never too much - Vanessa Bettencourt
Listening to the characters was a lot of fun. The voices add personality.
Maisy and Veronica. They're great together.
I laughed when the boy with the allergies talked for the first time. The book has a lot of suspense too.
I didn't like listening to one of the characters saying the video games were stupid.
The story flowed smoothly, not boring parts, and the narration was perfect!
Maisy was my favorite character. I loved how she was determined to find out who the thief was and didn't give up.
I'm very picky when it comes to narrators. Most of the time they get on my nerves, especially when doing both male and female voices, but Reba nailed it.
It was only an hour long, so I did listen it in one sitting. If it had been longer, I still would have done my best to listen to it until the end because I loved everything about it.
I would recommend it to elementary aged children that like mystery books
This was my first time listening to Reba but the narrator does an awesome job of sounding like a 4th grader
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