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The Mystery of Merlin and the Gruesome Ghost (Humpty Dumpty, Jr., Hardboiled Detective)

1 rating: 5.0
A book by Nate Evans

Guaranteed to crack you up! Bacon and Eggs walk into a diner. The waitress says, "We don't serve breakfast."   (This has nothing to do with this book.) All kids have to go to school, even detectives' sidekicks. But Rat … see full wiki

Author: Nate Evans
Genre: Children's Books
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
1 review about The Mystery of Merlin and the Gruesome Ghost...

Another fun ride!

  • Oct 29, 2008
Rating:
+5
The Mystery of Merlin and the Gruesome Ghost is a follow up to the first book in the series, The Case of the Fiendish Flapjack Flop. Once again, we are taken along for a mystery ride with Humpty and his sidekick, Rat. In this installment, however, we are joined by the lovely Princess Lily who has enlisted the help of Humpty and Rat to figure out who the ghost that eats magic, at Merlin's Institute for the Knowledge of Everything, is.

I can honestly say that boys will love this series. That's not to say that girls will not, but with the "grossness" factor and wise cracks, this is sure to capture the attention of young boys. My daughter, who is 6, and I both love these books and simply cannot wait for the 3rd one to come out May of 2009. I can say that I will be purchasing some of these for my nephews for Christmas, also. The illustrations are wonderful - you have to be sure to really look at the pictures to see if you can spot the "spoofs" on well known authors and book titles, etc. That also adds great fun to the books.

I found The Mystery of Merlin and the Gruesome Ghost to be just as much fun and full of laugh out loud commentary as the first book. I highly recommend this series for children and can't think of a better way to really grab a child's attention and expand (or begin) their love of reading.

*overall rating: 4.5/5

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