Middle Grade Review: Monster in the Mudball – An Artifact Inspector Book

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Monster in the Mudball – An Artifact Inspector Book by S.P. Gates

Age Range: 8 and up

Series: Artifact Inspector
 
Hardcover: 224 pages
 
Publisher: Tu Books (September 15, 2013)
 
Language: English

Genre: Fantasy

Source: Publisher for review

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

After Jin’s baby brother, Smiler, drools on a big ball of mud in their
neighbour Madalitso’s bedroom, the mudball sprouts huge chicken-feet
legs and runs off. Jin gives chase, hoping to put everything back
together before Madalitso can see they broke her possession, but he
loses track of the monster near the Oozeburn, a polluted creek in the
centre of London. That’s when Jim meets Chief Inspector of Ancient
Artifacts A.J. Zauyamakanda — Mizz Z., for short — who has arrived to
inspect the mudball and insists that Jin help her find it. But Zilombo,
the monster released from the mudball, gains new, frightening powers
every time she reawakens. She’s cleverer than ever before, and she likes
to eat babies. When Frankie, Jin’s older sister, gets distracted along
the Oozeburn and forgets to watch their baby brother, Smiler is easy
pickings for Zilombo!

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My Thoughts:

If your kid is a fan on monsters and action, you will
want to check out this book. Jin and his sister, Frankie, join forces
with the magnificent Mizz Z to defeat a giant monster. This monster goes
through periods of hibernation and then hatches from her mudball. Each
hatching makes the monster more powerful than before.

The story is quick and easy to read, so even reluctant readers will have
no trouble enjoying it. The main character, Jin, is a likable
and easy protagonist to relate to. Although he is clumsy, he is good at reading people’s
emotions, which helps him tremendously throughout the book. Mizz Z is a
delightful character surrounded by mystery. She puts on a good front of
staying calm and almost detached in moments of crises.

This book is great for kids ages 8 and up. It will probably appeal most
strongly to boys, but most middle grade kids
will enjoy it.

Content: Suspense. Fights with the monster. Some kids may find the monster scary, but clean otherwise.

4 STARS

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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