Marvin Monster is the same as every other monster his age - he loves learning and playing - except he sometimes has troubles paying attention.
He learned about ST4 (Stop Take Time To Think) last round as well as a Monster Cam (when you put your fingers up like a camera lens and pay attention to ONLY what's in front of you.
And they've helped him out immensely! And just in time too - cause there's something BIG happening at his school.
"The entire class was buzzing like rumblebees after Mrs. Grimm's big announcement: the Science Scare Fair...."
Marvin partners up with the new girl and off they go!
"Really, learning isn't so bad. But sometimes during class I get a little...distracted."
With Marvin getting distracted and the new girl (Lyssa)'s temper - it's going to be a wild ride.
I liked this one even better than the first!
I definitely feel like the author is more comfortable with writing and the story felt more developed and smoother as a result.
I think Marvin is a more rounded character in the sequel and the side characters as well.
I like how the author doesn't "solve" the problems for Marvin. At the end of the day, he still gets distracted and scatter-brained...but the difference is that he has the right tools to overcome his inattentiveness.
I think it is incredibly important to show children (rather than tell) that magic doesn't solve your problems - whether it be ADHD or temper issues - it's important lesson to kids that they need to work on themselves (in an age-appropriate manner, of course) rather than wave a wand.
That being said, this book did still feel a little heavy on a moral/pushing the narrative (ST4 and Monstercam) but it was less noticeable than in the last book.
So, overall Monster Diary 2 was fun, funny and a success!