Hello, everyone! Paul here today to bring you my review of Frankie Dupont and The Lemon Festival Fiasco. I have read most of Julie’s books and was quite excited to get my hands on this one. As many of you may know I am a big Encyclopedia Brown and Three Investigators fan. Frankie Dupont is my kind of kid! I’m going to start right off with my review followed by the book information.
What I liked best: I love Frankie of course! I love his demeanor, his style, and most of all his detective skills. The fact that he dons a fedora and uses a magnifying glass is superb! On a more specific level, I truly loved the opening two lines to this book: “Frankie slammed the paper onto the kitchen table. He grabbed Sherlock’s leash and bounded out the door and down the rickety front stairs.” This line creates both action and intrigue. I was hooked. What did the paper reveal? Why did Frankie leave in such a rush? I had to know. Great job by Ms. Grasso on hooking the reader out of the gate.
What missed a bit: Not much to report here. If there were any misses for me it might have been the references to facial expressions. I loved the detail, but there were quite a few of them, although I suspect younger readers will appreciate the imagery.
Overall: A great book! Once again I was captured by the intrigue, humor, and excitement of a Frankie Dupont story. The word play used by the author was really clever and entertaining (see Simon on the first page of chapter 16). The dialogue was extremely well done too. I was great and realistic. I especially loved the set up at the end of chapter nine. Does Frankie really know who is behind the orchard plot, or is he chasing the proverbial red herring? All in all, Frankie Dupont and The Lemon Festival Fiasco is a wonderfully entertaining book that both young readers and adults will enjoy. I, for one, can’t wait to see what mystery Mr. Dupont unravels next!
About the Book
Title: Frankie Dupont and The Lemon Festival Fiasco | Author: Julie Anne Grasso | Illustrator: Alexander Avellino | Publication Date: March 29, 2015 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 100 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 12 Summary: Hot off cracking his first official case, Frankie Dupont is on the scene when his new teacher takes ill. The pint-sized detective suspects a classic case of sour grapes, but the evidence leads him to the one place he wouldn’t mind avoiding for the rest of his natural life. Enderby Manor has a few more secrets up her sleeve, and as Frankie begins to unravel them, he uncovers a plot stinkier than a sardine sandwich. In Book 2 of the Frankie Dupont Mysteries, Frankie will make some new friends, upset some old ones, and of course, there will be lemon meringue pie.
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Early Buzz About the Book
“This is a wonderful book 2 in the Frankie Dupont series. Just be forewarned that you will want lemon pie and lemonade after reading! The Lemon Festival Fiasco has multiple suspects and red herring clues to follow and solve while reading. Twists and turns will keep young readers engaged and thinking. This would be a perfect read for gifted education classes. Characters to love, and plenty of action! ” ~ 5 Star, Carolyn W., Amazon
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