Illustrated Chapter Book Review: Mac B., Kid Spy: Mac Undercover

Mac B., Kid Spy: Mac Undercover by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Mike Lowery. Scholastic, 2018. 9781338143591. 150pp.

Fact: when author Mac Barnett was a kid, he worked as a spy. It all started with a call from the Queen of England, who needed his help — someone had stolen her crown jewels. So Mac packed his bags and took the next flight to London. The Queen even loaned him one of her Corgis for the duration of his mission.

This book is so delightfully silly I couldn’t put it down, and it was the perfect antidote to the grim, violent genre fiction I normally read. I first saw Lowery’s cartoony illustrations in the Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder series, and they continue to amaze me. No one has ever drawn a dog’s behind better.


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