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Kensy and Max #3: Undercover – Jacqueline Harvey

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9780143791904

Penguin Random House

9780143791904

March 5, 2019

Random House Australia Children’s

 

$16.99

Jacqueline Harvey has done it again with another super episode in her cracking new series about the two intrepid twins, Kensington and Maxim aka Kensy and Max.  The children’s parents are still MiA but news of them is filtering through and they know they are getting closer to unravelling the mystery of the kids’ grandparents who disappeared before the twins were born. After a couple of rather nasty incidents in London, the twins, Fitz and Song are sent off to Sydney by their indomitable Granny Cordelia, head of Pharos – the security organization with which the whole family is involved.

The twins are detailed to befriend a brother and sister at their very new posh school to prevent a possible kidnapping.  Neither is particularly impressed either with their targets or the school itself and would struggle indeed if not for their other new friend, a would-be spy named Curtis.  But what seems like a very straightforward mission at first quickly becomes more convoluted as the twins realise that somehow the fate of their parents is connected with the less than charming Dash Chalmers. The children must employ all their new spy strategies as well as their natural aptitudes to successfully resolve this new and potentially deadly situation.

It’s another superb action filled adventure which will be equally enjoyed by both boys and girls from around ten years upwards. Kensy and Max are both extremely likeable characters each with their own personality foibles that make them even more relatable. Each adventure is also liberally sprinkled with humour and lighter moments to leaven the seriousness of the ‘spy’ factor and of course, the decoding of each chapter heading also provides an extra soupçon of fun.  This series, as with Jacqueline’s previous much-loved books, focuses on important themes of family bonds, loyalty, trust, friendship, courage and resourcefulness.

Highly recommended for mid-primary students upwards – and you’d best get at least two copies!

Tim and Ed – Ursula Dubosarsky & Andrew Joyner

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Penguin Australia

Published: 22/10/2014

Format: Hardback, 32 pages

RRP: $24.99

ISBN-13:9780670074631

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“Same ears, same eyes. Same feet, same head” Meet Tim and Ed – they are the same – but different.

These two adorable identical koala twins are so alike – and yet, like most twins, each have their own personality as well.  They do everything together and most of the time, their Dad seems to cope very well (although it appears he is bringing up this lively pair on his own).

After a particularly strenuous day with his bouncing offspring, Dad calls in reinforcements and Aunty Pim invites Ed for a sleepover. Just Ed?  Tim is just a little put out by this development – expressively illustrated by Andrew Joyner – but is consoled by the attraction of a night with just himself and Dad. So while Ed and Aunty Pim have fun together at her place, Dad and Tim do likewise – in different ways.

Though definitely a little strange to not have his mirror-image playmate with him, Tim soon adjusts to this unfamiliar situation – and is more than reconciled when the morning brings back Aunty Pim and Ed, along with the promise of ‘..Next time Tim can come instead!”

As usual, the deft writing of Ursula Dubosarsky gives young readers a humorous take on a sometimes daunting topic – small children’s growing independence, successfully removing the worries that some of them have when faced by such a situation.

Tim and Ed manage beautifully – I wonder how Dad felt? Perhaps a follow up could look at separation anxiety in parents? 😉

A very stylish cover, delightful endpapers, a romping fabulous text (especially for read-alouds!) and joyous illustrations.

Highly recommended for young readers from around 5 years up!

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