Sometimes I see something across the room and my mind totally runs off in another direction in a pair of Sneaky, Squeaky Sneakers,
Marvin Monster is the same as every other monster his age – he loves learning and playing – except he sometimes has troubles paying attention.
He learned about ST4 (Stop Take Time To Think) last round as well as a Monster Cam (when you put your fingers up like a camera lens and pay attention to ONLY what’s in front of you).
And they’ve helped him out immensely!
And just in time too – cause there’s something BIG happening at his school.
The entire class was buzzing like rumblebees after Mrs. Grimm’s big announcement: the Science Scare Fair….
Marvin partners up with the new girl and off they go!
Really, learning isn’t so bad. But sometimes during class I get a little…distracted.
With Marvin getting distracted and the new girl (Lyssa)’s temper – it’s going to be a wild ride.
I liked this one even better than the first!
I definitely feel like the author is more comfortable with writing and the story felt more developed and smoother as a result.
I think Marvin is a more rounded character in the sequel and the side characters as well.
I like how the author doesn’t “solve” the problems for Marvin.
At the end of the day, he still gets distracted and scatter-brained…but the difference is that he has the right tools to overcome his inattentiveness.
I think it is incredibly important to show children (rather than tell) that magic doesn’t solve your problems – whether it be ADHD or temper issues – it’s important lesson to kids that they need to work on themselves (in an age-appropriate manner, of course) rather than wave a wand.
That being said, this book did still feel a little heavy on pushing the narrative (ST4 and Monstercam) but it was less noticeable than in book one.