OPHELIA WILD, SECRET SPY
By Elena DeRoo
Illustrated by Tracy Duncan
Wow! A small chapter book all told in rhyme. Quite an achievement. The topic is a perennial one for younger children- secret spy! There are also tree houses, school bullies, a new kid at school, as well as Russian Morse code and Olga's meat pies.
Most of the four line stanzas scan beautifully- here's a taste:
'It's the start of the end
of the long summer
the very last slurp
of the strawberry
Each chapter is a mini case- the bully boy gang star in two and an elderly Ollie and the mystery of his disappearing belongings, star in the third and last chapter.
Tracey Duncan's black and white artwork are great prompts as well as propelling the narrative along, they add an extra dollop of enjoyment and excitement.
This would make an enjoyable read aloud book also. Highly recommended.