Book Review: The Escapades of Clint McCool #1 (Chapter Book)

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

Octo-Man and the Headless Monster (The Escapades of Clint McCool #1) by Jane Kelley

Published on May 9, 2017.

Goodreads Summary:
Zing, zong, zing. Brain flash! A pirate hook. Underground tunnels. Brains in jars. It’s time for an Escapade!

Clint McCool always has a lot of great ideas. That’s what makes him such a great hero. But sometimes he has too many great ideas. Armed with his super-powered cap, his brain flashes, and his two best friends, Clint is ready to solve any problem and find adventure anywhere. When he runs onto a film set, he gets into trouble. A lot of trouble. Can Clint McCool still save the day?

This easy-to-read, highly-illustrated book is a perfect first chapter book, printed in black and blue to help readers transition from full-color picture books to black-and-white chapter books. Exciting adventures, relatable characters, and engaging art—early readers will love joining Clint McCool for his Escapades.

My Review:
I enjoyed this book. Clint McCool is Walter’s alter-ego. He wears a cap with special powers. I couldn’t determine whether they were just imaginary or whether he was supposed to be an actual superhero. I am leaning towards make-believe. He and his friends, Marco and M.L. (a girl), enjoy getting into trouble together. This time that trouble involves a movie set. Clint McCool has his heart set on being in movie. Chaos and humor result.

This book is perfect for emerging chapter book readers. It’s decent length, but the text is large and pictures abound. The sentences are short and simple. I read it to my 7 year-old son, but he could have read it to me if he’d been inclined. I’d guess the reading level is around grade 2 or 3.

The plot is fairly ridiculous, as most kid’s stories are, but it’s fun, and it has a good message about friendship. I really liked the mom as well. She was realistic – present, mildly annoyed at times, very loving, and pretty cool.

My Rating: 3 stars

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