Real Pigeons Fight Crime by Andrew McDonald – Middle Grade Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The illustrations in this book were AWESOME! They were fun and quirky, and really made me just want to look at each one!

Real Pigeons Fight Crime was just a ton of fun to read! I read this book and also had my 8 year old son read it. We both agreed it was a 5 star read! The pages fairly illustration-heavy making this a great book for a young reader just starting chapter books, but it’s also great for a higher level reader as well!

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Imaginary Morah by Tony Esposito

Rating: 5 out of 5.

My Thoughts:

What I Loved: This book made me giggle. I love being able to read with my child and laugh at things that I genuinely find funny. My child was able to laugh at these things too, they were perfect for both of us.

How I Felt: I really liked how this book easily connected with a young reader. The situations Cassandra is facing mirror situations young children face. Morah, her imaginary friend gave Cassandra a way to recognize her own feelings, but I felt that it helped to make it very clear to my daughter. Cassandra would feel confused or unsure of why something was happening and Morah could kind of explain it to Cassandra in a way that made so much sense to a six-year old.

To Read or Not To Read: This is a small chapter book that is good for an assisted read for a first-grade+ reader and would make a good individual read for a 2nd grade+ reader. The topics discussed in the book are perfect for young readers and I would recommend it to anyone.

What’s This Book About Anyway?

Cassandra has an Imaginary friend, Morah. Morah stays in the house all day, and waits for Cassandra to get home from school. They usually get along very well, but lately, Morah has been getting on Cassandra’s nerves. Then, Cassandra mentions to Morah that her mom is going to have a baby, and Morah points out all the reasons this is a bad thing. Together, they come up with wild ways to make her mother realize that having the baby would be a bad idea. The ideas, of course, do not pan out for the two, and you’ll have to read the book to find out how they make this situation right!

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I was provided this book by the author in exchange for my honest review.

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King of the Mole People by Paul Gilligan

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book was provided to my son by the author in exchange for his honest review. He was very adamant that he wanted to write the review, so below are his honest thoughts.

My Son’s Thoughts:

What He Loved: He loved that there were pictures in the book “about every two pages”. It helped him to visualize what the author was trying to convey. One of his favorite parts was the form of respect by throwing grubs at people. He thought that was hilarious and silly! He loved that this book was at his reading level too. He said it felt like he was reading with a friend.

How He Felt: He said he felt happy through the entire book. “I’m a reading guy, and that book is an especially good book to make me visualize the story.”

To Read or Not To Read: People that enjoys stories with laughs, action, adventure, and surprise will like this book. It had all of these things.

My Thoughts:

What I Loved: This book is full of humor, making my child, and even me, laugh! I loved the illustrations, which were created by the author, making this book even more special.

How I Felt: I was so pleased to see the under lying tone in this book focused on children learning to accept themselves for who they are. I loved that this quirky, funny main character could really show kids that it is ok to be just who you are.

To Read or Not To Read: My son is in 3rd grade and this book was perfect for him. I would say that any child 3rd through the rest of elementary school would really enjoy this story. It’s an adventure filled with funny moments making them laugh out loud.

What’s This Book About Anyway?

Doug Underbelly doesn’t seem to have everything going his way. He finds himself living in a creepy old house with his family. His dad makes meals out of eels. He has a cemetery for a back yard. He is bullied at school. Finally, he is King of the Mole People.

Doug finds himself balancing between his underground cavern and his life in the “Up-World”. As he’s a bit unwilling to be the King of the Mole People, this new adjustment takes some time, but offers him a chance to be himself. He must learn to love himself for who he is to help solve the Giant Worm Problem for his kingdom of Mole People.


A huge thank you to the author for a copy of this book in exchange for our honest review.

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