Thursday, July 31, 2008

THE HARDY BOYS: A HARDY DAY’S NIGHT




AUTHOR: Scott Lobdell
ILLUSTRATORS: Paulo Henrique and Marcel Zero
PUBLISHER: Papercutz
GENRE: Mystery

FORMAT: Paperback digest
VOLUME: 10
PAGES: 96
COLOR: Full color
ISBN 10: 1-59707-070-X
ISBN 13: 978-1-59707-070-6


STORY SYNOPSIS
Frank and Joe Hardy are part of an elite team of teenage crime fighters known as A.T.A.C. (American Teens Against Crime). They are unwittingly lured into an ambush by someone they know, someone close, only to find out they must fake their own deaths and rescue a kidnapped boy.


STORY REVIEW
I remember reading teenage mystery books when I was a kid. For some reason I was into the ENCYCLOPEDIA BROWN series more than the HARDY BOYS, but the idea is the same. I never solved the mystery before Brown and there were times that I did not understand how he solved it, despite the fact he told us at the end. I enjoyed the mystery of it all.

THE HARDY BOYS: A HARDY DAY’S NIGHT is more action-oriented than mystery driven. I enjoyed it and so will children, but I was a bit disappointed that there was not more of a mystery to the whole experience. As an action story, it works well and will keep kids reading.


ART REVIEW
Manga is all the rage and kids will take up instantly with this clean, colorful American manga.

AGE RECOMMENDATION
My Rating: Ages 9 and older
Publisher’s Recommended Age: Ages 10 and older
I think as long as a student can read the words, then he or she can have at it. It has danger and intrigue and is a lot of fun.


BE AWARE
They fight crime so there are guns and bombs in the story.


IN THE CLASSROOM
THE HARDY BOYS is a perfect fit for the classroom. It is interesting, fun and not too long.


MY RECOMMENDATION:
Recommended
It is a good book for kids, despite its lack of deep mystery. Kids love action and they will get it with THE HARDY BOYS.

2 comments:

Mary Lee said...

Have you read any of the Nancy Drews by Papercutz? Funniest thing. The graphics are better in the Hardy Boys, but the story's better in the Nancy Drews. Accidental or gender biased? Hmmmmm...

Jack said...

Mary Lee,

Nancy Drew is in the pipeline.

Chris