Hello, everyone, Paul here today with a book review of Julie Anne Grasso’s children’s book Frankie Dupont And The Mystery Of Enderby Manor. I’ve read Julie’s Escape From The Forbidden Planet Books, and I loved them. I’d like to give a special thanks to Renee at Mother Daughter Book Reviews for organizing and for the opportunity to read and participate. Now, let’s get to the review.
About the book: Title: Frankie Dupont And The Mystery Of Enderby Manor. Author: Julie Anne Grasso. Illustrators: David Blackwell & Samantha Yallope. Publication Date: July 10, 2014. Publisher: Independent. Pages: 75. Recommended Ages: 8 to 10.
Summary: When his cousin Kat disappears from Enderby Manor, Frankie Dupont jumps on the scene, only to find bumbling inspector Cluesome beat him to it. Cluesome thinks Kat simply wandered off. Frankie isn’t buying it.
He follows the evidence to a conniving concierge, a six fingered chef, a talking parrot, and a shifty dwarf. Quite frankly, none of them are making any sense until Frankie discovers, Kat’s time is running out.
An exciting new illustrated mystery series for ages 8-12.
What I liked most: I love Frankie. He’s a great character! As many of you already know I am huge fan of Encyclopedia Brown and The Three Investigators, so this type of mystery is right up my alley. I love the detective attire and especially the fact that Frankie not only carries but actually uses a magnifying glass! The mysteries and detective work are perfect for all readers. Just enough bread crumbs are dropped to keep you guessing, but only a master sleuth like Frankie can unravel the truth among this cast of characters. An honorable mention goes out to the illustrators for their great work as well as Evelyn’s way of dealing with the insufferable Madame Mercure (I can’t spoil it for you so you’ll have to read it yourself to find out).
What missed a bit: Not much to report here. The only note I had was that I kept waiting for the chef’s six-fingers to be an important clue or to play a part in the riddle. I did love Igor the parrot sous-chef. It appeared the physical abnormality only served to make him even more of a character than his personality already did. Nothing wrong with that; I just thought I had uncovered an important clue. I guess I’ll leave the detective work to Frankie.
Overall: I really liked this book. As I mentioned, this type of mystery is right up my alley so I’m not surprised. The descriptions are fantastic. I also loved the way Julie was able to incorporate the boy detective concept into modern times. Frankie’s use of his smart phone and finger print scanner fit right in with his use of the good, old-fashioned magnifying glass. Well done! I also really liked the fact that Frankie kept referencing his dad’s thoughts; this really lends credibility to both his skills and expertise. I recommend this book to readers of all ages.