Fun, Punny Middle Grade || Blog Tour: Don’t Check Out This Book

Thank you so much to Algonquin Young Readers for reaching out to me about being in a blog tour for Don’t Check Out This Book. This hilarious middle grade story about censorship and finding the truth was just what I needed!

Title: Don’t Check Out This Book!
Author: Kate Klise, Illustrator: M. Sarah Klise
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Release Date: March 10, 2020
Genres: MG Contemporary, Humor

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Official Synopsis

Is the sweet town of Appleton ripe for scandal?

Consider the facts:
-Appleton Elementary School has a new librarian named Rita B. Danjerous. (Say it fast.)
-Principal Noah Memree barely remembers hiring her.
-Ten-year-old Reid Durr is staying up way too late reading a book from Ms. Danjerous’s controversial “green dot” collection.
-The new school board president has mandated a student dress code that includes white gloves and bow ties available only at her shop.

Sound strange? Fret not. Appleton’s fifth-grade sleuths are following the money, embracing the punny, and determined to the get to the funniest, most rotten core of their town’s juiciest scandal. Don’t miss this seedy saga from the creators of the award-winning Three-Ring Rascals and 43 Old Cemetery Road series!

Quick Thoughts

  • So many puns! I especially loved figuring out the ‘punny’ names of all the characters. It took an embarrassingly long time to figure out what the villain’s name meant…
  • The structure the book is written is so fun! It’s told through letters, memos, text messages, email, and newspaper clippings. It made for a fast and hilarious read.

Lasting Impressions

I loved the mixture of humor with the serious theme of censorship in this book. The way it’s addressed is fun and positive, and I believe kids will catch onto it quickly. It’s also so purely pro-librarian, which I adored. I really wish there’d been a green-dot collection when I was young!

I also loved seeing the fifth graders lean into their hobbies and strengths! The boys who love making bow ties and the girls who are journalist/sleuths will inspire anyone to work hard at things they love to do.

Overall Feelings

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This fun and hilarious book had me cracking up at every page. Recommended for pun-lovers and those who want to delve into the themes of censorship with a little humor.

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