Friday, August 29, 2014

The Mess Detectives and The Case of the Lost Temper

"The Mess Detectives and the Case of the Lost Temper" by Karen Poth is an "I Can Read", level one book for early readers. The level one uses simple sentences and mostly simple vocabulary that are ideal for early readers. The print in this book is larger, and each page only has a few sentences.

The storyline of the book is Bob and Larry from "Veggie Tales" are detectives, and looking for someone who keeps slamming doors. As the villain eludes them, Bob gets more and more frustrated. In the end, they learn that it was only the wind slamming the door, but as Larry pulls his goofy stunts (like dressing up in a chicken costume when Bob tells him they need to wear a disguise to stake out Mr. Carrot's house), Bob gets more and more frustrated, and closer to losing his temper.

This book is supposed to be a lesson in self-control, but really the solution to Bob losing his temper was simply Larry telling him, "Bob, stop! You have lost your temper". I thought that maybe there could have been a little more helpfulness for how to calm down, or regain composure for the kids reading this book. I wish Larry had mentioned praying or something to that effect to help Bob calm down, so that kids could learn how to calm down once they do get frustrated or upset.

Overall I would give this book a 3/5. I thought that the story was cute, and the illustrations are what I would expect from any "Veggie Tales" production. But I really thought that there could have been more of a tie-in to actual Biblical reference than what there was.

FTC DISCLOSURE: I received this book for free from BookLookBloggers in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to write a positive review.

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