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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
The Mystery Box by Monty Edwards is a collection of poems divided into seven sections: Animals & Birds, Garden Creatures, Food & Family, People & Places, Play Time, Weather Watching, and Fun With Words. The poems are fun and playful and they are filled with secrets, surprises, and riddles that will captivate young readers right from the start till the end. The topics covered in the poems are diverse and the rhythm and rhyme will help readers reflect on life and their surroundings. The poems are well crafted and insightful and they speak about the author’s ability to look at the world from a child’s perspective. The book is not only for children, but also for all adults who have their inner child hidden inside them.
I like all the sections, but grouping them makes it easy for young readers to go to their favorite topic easily. ‘Alphabetical Animals’ is very cleverly written and the black and white illustrations are fun and they give clarity to the author’s thoughts and words. ‘Sweet Treats’ is mouthwatering and readers will be tempted to add their favorites to the list. The book is good to introduce children to poetry and will also encourage them to try their hand at writing poetry by putting down their thoughts using rhyme and rhythm. ‘A Reason to Rhyme’ is a fitting poem to end the collection and it will bring a smile to the faces of readers. All the poems have their own charm and are delightful to read. It is a good book to introduce children to writing poems.