Mini Reviews ~ Middle Grade

Posted December 1, 2020 by Stormi in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

Mini Reviews ~ Middle GradeThe Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter by Aaron Reynolds
Genres: Middle Grade, Supernatural
on April 28th, 2020
Pages: 224
Format: eBook
Source: Library

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Rex Dexter is itching to have a dog. He was practically born to have one. His name is Rex, for crying out loud. It's a dog's name. Any pooch is preferable, but a chocolate Labrador is the pinnacle. The best of the best. The dream of all dreams.
When Rex's B-Day for Me-Day finally arrives, his parents surprise him with a box. A box with holes. A box with holes and adorable scratchy noises coming from inside. Could it be? Yes! It has to be! A . . . a . . .
Pet poultry?
How clucky.
One hour and fourteen minutes later, the chicken is dead (by a steamroller), Rex is cursed (by the Grim Reaper), and wild animals are haunting Rex's room (hounding him for answers). Even his best friend Darvish is not going to believe this, and that kid believes everything.
Rex's uninvited ghostly guests are a chatty, messy bunch. And they need Rex to solve their mysterious deadly departures from the Middling Falls Zoo before it happens again.
But how?
New York Times best-selling author Aaron Reynolds delivers a wickedly funny debut title in The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter series.

Today I have a couple of middle grade books! I am so behind on reviews but trying my best to catch up!

I am so glad that Barb had me read this one because it was super cute!! We’re both excited to see it got a sequel!

Rex wants a dog more than anything. He keeps hinting about how he would like a chocolate lab, but because of a goldfish mishap his parents don’t think he is responsible enough. So when his birthday comes around instead of a dog he gets a chicken, yes I said chicken…lol.

They are calling the chicken his practice pet, but who on earth has a pet chicken? When he realizes he doesn’t know how to take care of one him and his friend go to the pet store with the chicken on a leash. Rex gets distracted by a game that looks a bit like the game from BIG, but with a grim reaper and he gets cursed because he doesn’t win. He doesn’t think much about it but he has wished for a pet but the curse is the exact opposite, dead pets. Before you know it his bedroom is getting filled up with dead animals from the local zoo.

They are pretty sure there deaths were not an accident so Rex and his friend do some investigating to try and figure out who is killing the zoo animals and why.

Super fun read! Rex was a little bit annoying but the dead pets make up for it! I am not sure I could pick a favorite dead pet they were all pretty cool! Totally recommend! Illustrations are great too!

Mini Reviews ~ Middle GradeThe Explorer by Katherine Rundell
Length: 6 hours and 43 minutes
Genres: Middle Grade, Survival, Adventure
on September 12, 2017
Pages: 336
Format: Audiobook
Source: Hoopla

Narrator: Peter Noble
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Fred, Con, Lila, and Max are on their way back to England from Manaus when the plane they’re on crashes and the pilot dies upon landing. For days they survive alone, until Fred finds a map that leads them to a ruined city, and to a secret.

The small synopsis sums up this story pretty well…lol. It’s about four kids who get stranded in the amazon after their plane crashes. While walking Fred finds a map that they follow to a place hidden in the amazon. There they meet a grumpy older man who they dub The Explorer because he won’t give them his name. He was a pilot that crashed there and seems pretty content with staying there and though he doesn’t like having them there he does look after them a bit.

Can’t really same much more than that without feeling like I would give to much away about the ending.

This was likeable enough for a survival story though because it was a survival story there wasn’t really a lot going on but them trying to make it out of the amazon without dying then meeting the crusty old guy who then helps them and then the bit of something that happens at the end. 🙂

I really enjoyed the audio and thought the narrator Peter Noble did a great job with it.

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