After a bit of a website issue which has now been resolved (fingers crossed) here we are with a long awaited book review from our mini book club of two… Gavin and I have finished the 6th book in Gertrude Chandler Warner’s Boxcar Children….. Blue Bay Mystery.
The Blue Bay Mystery has uprooted the children once again for an exotic location, this time with Grandpa in tow! I have to say… the man is creative at keeping his kids busy. There was a wonderful section on a large ship where the kids school as they travel. (I may be a bit biased on that one).
I found this to be a super quick read for myself, not so for Gavin. But I enjoyed my few hours of escape into the world of the Boxcar Children. An unusual adventure with a bit of a mystery, be prepared to suspend adult disbelief and enjoy the coincidences and favourable circumstances. I think we are on total agreement, Gavin and I, read these in order or risk spoiling characters and events!
And now for Gavin! Beware! He can spoil!
This book had some new friends and an old friend. I like that there was a jungle but I wish there had been monkeys. I wish they had not ended the book so quickly, I wanted to know more of what happened when they got back. I missed the dog because he wasn’t there. I still want to read every book!
So there you have it! A ringing endorsement from a boy who believes that everyone should read this series (or be read to)!
And then there were two readers… for this second installment just Gavin and I read the book. This time a digital read again we took turns and I think I can safely say BOTH found enjoyment in the tale.
Surprise Island by Gertrude Chandler Warner brings us to an all new summer adventure for the 4 boxcar children. This time one that their gentle grandfather has planned out for them on an island his family owns. Again you have the 4 children off on their own for an extended period of time. This time, however, with much more supervision and provisions.
As with the other book in this series there is a mystery person in the form of an island handyman. There are some minor incidents of course but nothing hugely life endangering. Just moments of excitement!
I do love how this series has the children working on their own, creating and imagining with what they have. Definitely a series I will continue to suggest the kids read. You can read the first book review HERE.
But first, Gavin’s review:
It is a good story. It did not feel very long to me. I think 10 year old or old would enjoy reading it. Little kids would enjoy this if someone read it to them. I want to read more in the series. I like Watch the dog best because he does funny stuff. It was a funny book. There are lots of chapters.