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Mike’s Mystery… a Boxcar Children Book Review

So I must take full responsibility for the large space in our reviews… Mommy took FOREVER to read the book. But it has been read and now Gavin and I are here to share our thoughts.

Book #5 of Gertrude Chandler Warner’s Boxcar Children series was an enjoyable one. This one, even more than some of the others, felt set in the past to me. It was interesting to see how different the situations were… the security at a mine being 4 men who walk about… the openness of people.

Another story, another adventure. This time with friends that are from books back (Mike and his dog Spotty). This book definitely must be read after the previous as it builds upon the fact that the kids went to visit their great Aunt and inherited a mine. (Mystery Ranch) as well as an adventure with Mike (Surprise Island).

This is another fun mystery with new people to meet and adventure to be had. There is an element of danger of course, though this time it is the friend who was experiencing it. Another good family reading story that is even enjoyable for the adult reading. As always, I loved the illustrations that are simple and a bit dated but so cute.

Mike’s Mystery was a great addition to our two person book club! You can find the book HERE of course. Now enjoy Gavin’s take on the book… but warning – there could be spoilers!

GAVIN: 

I enjoyed reading it. I think other people would enjoy it too if they read it. My favourite part was when they caught the bad guy and put him in jail. It was my favourite because then they wouldn’t have to worry anymore. I hope they come back to the mine again. I like the two dogs because they race a lot and they are funny. I am going to read the next book! 

There you have it… the series continues to delight! Check back with us soon. We have the next book and this time I am hoping we can discuss setting a bit for you all! 9780807551417

Mystery Ranch… A Boxcar Children Review

Well we are still trucking along on the Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner. Book number 4 or Mystery Ranch was a lucky garage sale find for us… we had it on hand and everything! So as soon as we got done our book 3 review (HERE) we moved onto this one. So please enjoy our review. As always, be aware that Gavin CAN let spoilers slip. I do not censor him when I type up his review.

I actually read this book in one sitting at the hair salon. It was a nice escape from the noise while I was stuck sitting down. I would say this is the shortest read (for me) so far. But the story is no less entertaining. There is the usual mystery, a new location and interesting characters to meet as well as the same basic 4 children and dog with their loving grandfather.

I think this is the first time I had Gavin question what something was listed in the book. An ore that came up had to be discussed but as usual the illustrations were fun (though our cover was more modern the illustrations inside were not and a lot more interesting.). I can honestly say it is not a hardship to be required to read this and have a discussion with Gavin. I am also looking forward to book 5 which we could only find on ebook form at our local library.

Now for Gavin’s opinion:

GAVIN

It is a really good book because they put a lot of effort into the mystery. I would read this book again. I did not know the answer to the mystery until I got to the last bit of the book. I like this series. I still enjoyed the second book (HERE) the most. My favourite character in this book was Benny with his dog (Watch) because Benny is funny and Watch is cute.44dd68f77275b8282b922ace2373b0ca