Saturday, November 15, 2014

Review: The Lost Book Shop: Mystery of the Missing Monkey

**Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions on this book are my own.**

Nina's Aunt and Uncle own a book shop that has been in town for as long as anyone can remember. While there is a discussion about whether it is The Lost Book Emporium or The Lost Book Shop, there is no denying that this book shop is full of magic and wonder. Nina and her best friend Ivy are on a mission to investigate what it is behind a secret door in the overflowing shop when a boy named Oswald, who is a frequent guest in the shop, decides he wants in on the adventure. The kids had no idea what was in store for them behind the secret door. With the turn of a key the world that they knew disappeared and they landed right in the middle of a circus crisis. One of the crowd's favorite monkeys was missing and it was up to Nina, Ivy, and Oswald to find out where that monkey was. The three little detectives going to let any banana peels slip them up! 

I love books about book shops. I believe that all small book shops filled to the brim with books, new and old, are also full of magic. The Lost Book Shop is no different. This book was such a joy to read and was so well written that I could imagine myself darting in and out of the stacks of books right behind Nina and Ivy. I could smell the musty books and the circus sawdust. Nina, Ivy, and Oswald quickly learn that things are not what they seem under the big top and not everyone can be trusted. 

If you follow me on Twitter and you're wondering, I did consult the Tiny Tyrant on whether this was a book worth recommending. TT gave it 4 dinosaurs (equivalent to 4 stars) because what author who is serious about their craft doesn't want a dinosaur rating? She said it would have gotten 5 dinosaurs if Sadie the Bearded Lady had a bigger part. For some reason, TT is very fascinated with the idea of a lady with a full beard. 

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