Title: Milo Speck, Accidental Agent
Author: Linda Urban
Recommended for: 1st-4th grade
Pages: 272 pages
Call Number/Link: J FICTION URBAN, L.
Synopsis: When Milo Speck enters Ogregon, a land populated with hungry ogres, enormous turkeys, children needing rescue, and his own, ordinary, salesman-father, his top priority is to escape–but only after thwarting a plot to turn children everywhere into ogre snack food.
Review: This is a fun adventure that kids will laugh as they are reading. I feel the book is also a good read aloud as my three children loved listening to the story. Children who are new to chapter books may be afraid of the book because of the size, but I would like to point out that the chapters are short and it has pictures so that may ease some of them. Kids will easily connect with Milo as he is a regular kid. He uses his brain, common sense and compassion throughout the book. My concern with the book is that the main girl character seems like she has never thought outside of the box, and is only thinking about herself and how she will look to the board. In a way Milo is the knight in shining armor or knight in yellow ducky sweatshirt. She changes by the end of the book, but it took some time. I would have liked a stronger female character. Over all a great book that could easily be made into a series.