TJ Burns — February 11, 2017
I had a wonderful time reading this with my 9-year-old daughter! We both loved the mystery and the puzzle-solving. I was so proud that my daughter solved the riddle, and the mystery, before the two main characters did! Enough clues were dropped to solve the mural mystery, but there were so many misleading clues to throw us off the trail that the story remained interesting and mysterious throughout.
I also liked the vivid setting of the Mexican-American neighborhood of El Corazón. I’m guessing that this is a neighborhood in a bigger city in California, but I would have liked to have more detailed references. Even after an internet search, I’m still not sure if this is a fictional or real location. My daughter wasn’t even sure what country this story takes place in, since she has only been to the US once and has never seen a community like El Corazón. A few more details could give this story a bit more flavor, especially for readers outside the US, or even outside California.
The Spanish phrases were wonderful! We learned some Spanish phrases in the midst of the excitement! A great way to learn a new language!
We loved the illustrations. The picture which depicts Lou Lou, Pea, and Helado confronting the culprit had us laughing for at least 5 minutes straight! It was hilarious! Well-done!
Lou Lou and Pea and the Mural Mystery was a fun, exciting, interesting, colorful, educational, and mysterious story that had us puzzle-solving, clue-searching, and culprit-guessing every step of the way!
I received a copy of this book from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Published October 18th 2016 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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