The Real McCoys was really great! I loved it! Moxie and Milton McCoy attend Tiddlywhump Elementry where the beloved mascot, Eddie the owl, has gone missing! I really liked Moxie’s sense of humor. She is really funny. I really liked reading it because I can relate to both Moxie and Milton. I liked all of the characters. There is a reasonable amount. The story is written in a way that makes you feel like Moxie is talking to you. You feel like you’re part of the story. It is a pretty realistic book -- I could see myself doing all the things Moxie does. It makes a great read-aloud! I think readers ages 6 to10 would love it. Moxie is funny, smart, ”really humble”. Milton is smart. I think everyone who reads this will love it! -F. Gong, age 10
Amazing book. Robbi Behr's humorous illustrations blend seamlessly with Matthew Swanson clever words. Every page is jam packed with charm, motivating you to both turn the pages fast to know what happens and linger to enjoy the details. We read it aloud with our two boys (9 & 11) and they both really enjoyed it. They sat close to see the pages, and begged to keep reading when it came time to go to bed. The best part was the real emotions it stirred in them - vigorously guesses at who did it, annoyance at Moxie's overzealousness, desire to read more about Annabelle Adams, and laughter at the many jokes. Worthy of a second read to enjoy those details and reoccurring jokes more!
I have already purchased six copies of this book to give as gifts - and anticipate buying many more. Most of the children I know are well below "middle grade" but I have no doubt that they will enjoy hearing the mystery-solving adventures of Moxie and Milton read aloud to them while they are engrossed in the illustrations. I haven't encountered any other book that integrates words and images so seamlessly, creatively - and beautifully. The characters are real, wonderfully imperfect and lovable. The humor and wit work at multiple levels - adults and children alike will find it delightfully entertaining, but for different reasons. I am already eager for more of Moxie and Milton (and I am well above middle grade).
The Real McCoys is the real deal. This is easily the best new children’s literature that my son (age 7) and I have read in a long time. We are both avid readers and had more difficulty putting this book down than any other since we read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory over a year ago. The plot and language are outstanding. The integration of illustrations with text on EVERY page is incredibly well-done and draws the reader into the story even further. The mystery left us guessing right up the big reveal at the book’s climax. (Being the smug adult, I thought I knew the culprit — nope!) The subplots are all about elementary school culture and social trials. I would recommend it for kids in grades 2-4 (maybe 5). It does portray first graders as very little kids, which may be a turnoff to students below 2nd grade. Being the good detectives that we now are (inspired by Moxie, of course), we lovingly inspected the fine print and cover upon finishing the book. There, on the spine, we discovered the number “1.” We are in high hopes that this designates this as the first installment of a series. We will preorder them all. This may be our gift of choice for many birthday parties to come.
This is a delightful book. I started reading it with my six year-old, but he soon zoomed ahead of me, curious to discover what might happen next in the halls of Tiddlywhump Elementary School. Moxie and Milton are exactly the kind of creative, funny, lovable kids that my own child would want to befriend. Indeed, they became my son's friends for 15 whole chapters. He finished the book a few days ago, and has already begun to read it again. Unlike many heavily illustrated books for middle readers, the dialog flows in sequence down the page, making it both visually satisfying and easy for young readers to follow. The whimsical pictures helped the prose to jump off the page, and the plot twists kept us turning pages.
We can't wait to read more about the adventures of Moxie and Milton as they continue to solve mysteries and to make us smile.
My 6.5-year-old says: "I liked it because it's about mysteries and I like that and I like the characters in the book and it's a really awesome story and I'm surprised that it's for 3-7th graders and I'm surprised that I actually like it and it's not that scary for me. I like your book."
My 4.5-year-old says: "I liked your book. It's pretty awesoooooooooooome!"
I say: "This book is lovely! A beautiful blend of text and illustration into a great story about solving mysteries while grappling with the perils of passing judgement unfairly. I can't wait to read more with the kids!"
I might be biased, Mathew's father is my brother in law :-) But - I read this book over the Thanksgiving holiday while visiting Mathew's father and I absolutely loved it! Yes it is a kids book aimed at 10 year olds, but older folks also find it a refreshing read. Robbi's illustrations really liven up the story and the story, although written at a 10 year old level is fun and well written.
Get it for a child - they are going to love it! And don't forget read it for yourself!
I loved the characters the most because they are nice or funny. The illustrations are very good. I was 100% excited to finish this book because it is funny and a teensy bit scary. You can learn some new words by reading them because Mrs. Bunyan and Moxie say them. I can’t wait for the next book because the book is very cool!
I teach upper elementary kids, and this book is perfect for them--a strong protagonist with a sense of humor, a great mystery that pulls your forward, and amazing illustrations that give it that desirable graphic novel feel. I loved reading it as a grown-up, and my students are enjoying passing it around and talking about it too. (There is great vocabulary to talk about too!) I highly recommend it!!!
Im a teacher and a connoisseur of children's books and the integration of illustration and text here is groundbreaking. Paired with artful writing, that makes it the best young adult book I have seen released in the past 5-10 years! Amazing.