Ten-year-old Ali and 8-year-old Jake learn that their new nanny is actually an undercover crime buster in an action-packed and hilarious short novel that stars a Mary Poppins for the 21stcentury.
|Publisher:||Holiday House, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.73(w) x 8.69(h) x 0.61(d)|
|Lexile:||690L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||8 - 10 Years|
About the Author
Madelyn Rosenberg is a journalist and picture book author. Kirkus Reviews called The Schmutzy Family "delightful and unpretentious." This is her first novel for children. She lives in Virginia.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Summary- It’s never a good thing when an older woman with a baby bag, a gardening hat, reflective sunglasses, and a leather biker’s jacket shows up at your front doorstep, and your mother introduces her as your new nanny. At the very least, it’s not normal. And when you see her talking into diapers (which reply back?!?!?…) and when she gives you anchovy-and-peanut-butter sandwiches for lunch, you know something’s up (I mean, seriously? Who gives you peanut butter and anchovy sandwiches for lunch? That’s just not right. Not right at all…). That’s what Alison and Jake were thinking when Nanny X came into their lives. And pretty soon, Nanny X is saving their lives! Crazy! The woman serves them anchovies, and then… *grumbles something about how anchovies taste horrible* Well, nothing is as it seems (except those anchovies – they are what they seem – bad for your taste buds! ;) ) around here… What I thought of it- Horrible. It was terrible. I can’t stand it. -Wait. You want me to review the book, not the anchovy peanut butter sandwich? Ah. Well, in that case: The book was awesome! What I thought about the book- I love the idea of the whole book – spy nanny. Nanny X (besides her love of anchovies) is a marvelous character! Her baby bag of spy gadgets is pure awesomeness. I like how she handles situations. The story-line is great and the story will keep readers involved in it until the very end. There isn’t any major violence (a guy gets hit accidentally, Jake and Nanny X get kidnapped, etc.) so it is appropriate for all ages. It is perfect for young advanced readers. Alison and Jake are great main characters, and the chapters alternate between their POVs. The setting and the actions of the characters is realistic, and was described so well that I felt like I was there. Ms. Rosenberg has created a compelling spy story! *NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review