Book review: Smashie McPerter and the Mystery of the Missing Goop, by N. Griffin, illustrated by Kate Hindley

Griffin, N. Smashie McPerter and the Mystery of the Missing Goop. (Smashie McPerter series, #2) Illustrated by Kate Hindley. Candlewick Press, 2016. $15.99. ISBN 9780763685355. 297 pages. Age 7-10. P6 Q7

Smashie and her best friend Dontel find out that their class is going to perform in a talent show. Smashie wants to sing, but since she does not sing well, her teacher does not want her to. In the process of creating the talent show, a jar of hair goop disappears. Smashie and Dontel decide to solve the mystery of where the hair goop went. The book takes many twists and turns. By the end of the book, Smashie and Dontel solve the mystery and the talent show is a success. The cover to the book is colorful and intriguing, which made me want to read the book. The book has black and white line drawings. The book also includes codes which are fun for readers to figure out.

Verdict: The story moved slowly, so I had a hard time staying interested in the book until the last third when the mystery was being solved. I liked the play on words, with Herr and hair. Even though it moves slowly, it would still be a good book for an elementary school library.

December 2016 review by Tami Harris.

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