Welcome to Marvelous Middle Grade Monday! I was recently introduced to a new MG series from Sourcebooks. You remember Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, right? Well, his daughter Bindi has her own set of MG books about wildlife, and even cooler, a portion of all the proceeds goes to the Australian zoo.
I had the opportunity to check out book 7 in the Bindi Wildlife Adventures Series, Croc Capers. It will hit shelves on Aug. 1st. So, let me tell you about it.
The Story- Bindi, her brother Robert, and their mom Terri are camping out at the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve where they are helping other specialists catch, tag, and then release crocodiles.
During their stay, they meet Alice and her dad Doug. Turns out Doug is there for business, trying to decide whether to open up a mining operation on the reserve. When Bindi and Robert hear about Doug’s plans they decide to show him the error of his ways. Together they take Doug under their wings and show him the beauty of the reserve, and even get him to help capture and tag a crocodile.
My Thoughts- This is such a cute book, and very easy for a younger reader to enjoy. It will take them to the wilds of Australia and they will learn about all sorts of native animals. A big plus is that at the end of the book there are pages of fact files and pictures so kids can learn even more about the animals.
Full of adventure, this book will take the reader on a journey. Critically speaking, the book is an easy and fun read. The characters are relatable, especially if your kids have ever seen Bindi on Discovery Channel. There is one small issue with POV switches, but kids won’t even notice. This would be a great book/series to have at home or school.