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Emily Eyefinger and the Secret from the Sea - Book Review

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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published October 25th 2013

Emily Eyefinger and the Secret from the Sea is one of a series of short chapter books for children by the Australian author Duncan Ball and illustrated by Craig Smith. Emily is an ordinary little girl except for one thing - she has an extra eye on the end of one of her index fingers. She uses her extra eye, as well as her intelligence and imagination, to solve mysteries.

In this particular volume, Emily foils a smuggling ring operating out of Notre Dame, outsmarts a master criminal and travels to Atlantis.

It's great to see a children's book where being different is presented as an asset rather than something to hide or be ashamed of. The stories are fun adventures that stimulate young imaginations, and have been the source of some fun games around our house.

This is a great early chapter book, since it's not too long to be daunting and still has a few black and white illustrations. The chapters are self contained stories, which are a good length for reading at bedtime.

Emily Eyefinger and the Secret of the Sea is great for reading aloud to kids aged about four and up, or for confident readers.My four and a half year old has enjoyed several books in the series and is still eager for more. Fortunately there are ten more Emily Eyefinger books, plus another series by the same author about Selby the talking dog.

Rated: 8/10
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Why? It's a fun adventure story with a young girl protagonist.
Where: Book shops and libraries
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