Jesper Jinx and the Sneezing Season (Volume 2)

Children - Grade 4th-6th
154 Pages
Reviewed on 10/07/2014
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Author Biography

Marko Kitti is a Finnish-born author who currently lives in Santa Venera, Malta. He has been writing fiction since 2001 and his Finnish publications include two collections of short stories, two novels for adult readers and one novel for young adult readers.

His second novel Meidän maailma (Our World) was shortlisted for the Runeberg Prize in 2009, a Finnish literature prize named in honour of Finnish national poet Johan Ludvig Runeberg (1804-1877).

In May 2014 Marko released his first children’s book written in the English language. Jesper Jinx is the first of the series of books to feature an eleven-year-old Jesper – a determined action-seeker and probably the unluckiest person in all of Puffington Hill. The second book in the series, Jesper Jinx and the Sneezing Season, was released in September 2014.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Jesper Jinx and the Sneezing Season (Volume 2) by Marko Kitti is the next book in the Jesper Jinx series. This book takes readers through another series of mischievous adventures with Jesper. In this story, we see Jesper fighting with his sister, then getting interested in a girl, and his secret bucket list; however, the main theme is the squirrel taking revenge on the boy who unintentionally hurt her husband. Chloe, Rosie the squirrel, and the other characters in the book will keep young readers entertained until the very end.

The author has managed to keep up the tempo and humor that readers get in the first volume. The incidents are funny and readers will fall in love with the character of Jesper even though he is naughty and mischievous. The events and incidents happening in Jesper's life are all fast paced and they keep the story moving. The author pulls readers into the story and asks them not to tell Jesper about the book and also to sign the Secrecy Agreement.

The author's way of presenting the story and creating the character of Jesper is different and original. The illustrations in the story complement the book and the scenes very well and they give an identity to the characters. The highlight of the book is Jesper himself. The author has created an adorable and mischievous character who will stay in the minds of readers long after they finish the book.