A student review of ‘Spy Toys: Out of Control’ by Mark Powers

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This review was written by a junior reviewer, Jamie L., who is a fourth grader who loves to read.

“Spy Toys Out of Control” by Mark Powers is a great sequel that includes action, humor, and a little bit of mystery. Powers hooks the reader into his writing, forming a picture in the reader’s head. Once a person starts reading, this book will not be put down.

The Spy Toys, a strong teddy bear Dan, the intelligent robot rabbit Flax, and the wildly short-tempered rag doll Arabella all have a mission. A special phrase that controls all the Snaztacular Ultrafun toys has been stolen from a worker’s computer. The Spy Toys think there is something that the worker is not telling them.

The phrase is in the wrong hands. The Spy Toys think it has something to do with an old toy named Jade the Jigsaw, but they cannot be sure. But when Powers throws in a twist, the Spy Toys do not know if they can solve the problem after all. Dan, Flax, and Arabella may not be able to do it alone. They will have to work together. If not, the whole world might be filled with evil toys.

This wonderfully illustrated novel is perfect for second through fourth graders, but can still be greatly enjoyed by anyone. It is perfect for independent reading and will attract a lot of fans. Teachers can put it in their classroom libraries, and they might have to make a wait list!

Mark Powers has kids use their imaginations in this book. A child’s mind will wander into the world of living toys. For some, it is almost like a dream come true.

I think this book will make everyone want to read even more, and it’s great for children just starting to read chapter books. It is filled with a lot of action, and just maybe the reader will be able to solve the mystery.

Please note: This review is based on the final, hardcover book provided by Bloomsbury Children’s Books, the publisher, for review purposes.

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