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Reviewed by Lori A. Moore for Readers' Favorite
While this book is intended for elementary school children, this 50-year-old got quite a kick out of it too. Maisy and The Missing Mice (The Maisy Files Book 1) by Elizabeth Woodrum is about a cherry lollipop-loving fourth grader named Maisy who considers herself quite the sleuth, even wearing a detective-like fedora and carrying a notebook to write down clues. When the school science lab's mice go missing, she assigns herself the job of tracking down a thief named The Black Boot, only to find herself a victim too. In fact, one theft turns out to be three thefts. Maisy breaks out her detective kit and follows the clues to solve the mystery and reveal the thief.
Reminiscent of the Encyclopedia Brown children's series, Maisy and The Missing Mice (The Maisy Files Book 1) by Elizabeth Woodrum is a wonderfully written book for children. I can easily see a fourth grade teacher reading a chapter per day to her students to instill in them a love of reading as well as enhance their problem-solving skills by asking them what clues they are hearing as they move through the story. I would have liked some illustrations throughout the book that depicted the story being told. I found myself wondering who the thief was going to be as I caught each clue that was dropped, and I was anxiously turning pages to see how Maisy was going to solve this big mystery.