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Book Review: The Get Along Gang and the Missing Caboose by James Razzi

The Get Along Gang and the Missing Caboose by James Razzi is a children's picture book originally published on May 1, 1984 by Scholastic, Inc.  It's about a group of friends who have a caboose as a clubhouse, and it's missing!  Who took it, and will they be able to find it? This was a popular book series and television series when I was growing up, and when someone mentioned online, I knew I had to read one of the books for nostalgic reasons.  The Get Along Gang and the Missing Caboose was well written, and the illustrations were phenomenal.  It certainly brought back fabulous childhood memories.  I love the fact that the lesson of the story is that you can accomplish anything, especially with teamwork.  I also loved that they stood up to the bully of the story. Five out of five stars is what I gave The Get Along Gang and the Missing Caboose by James Razzi.  This is the perfect book for children three years old up to six years old. Follow Us On Social Media

Book Review: Trail of the Spellmans (The Spellmans, #5) by Lisa Lutz

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Trail of the Spellmans (The Spellmans, #5) by Lisa Lutz is the fifth installment in the book series about Isabel "Izzy" Spellman and her family of private investigators. For the first time that she remembers, Izzy isn't the "odd man" in the family. Older brother David and younger sister Rae are in an impasse and not speaking to one another. Albert, the dad, is hiding something and has gone to great measures to hide it. And, Izzy's mom, Olivia, has herself booked solid with several new hobbies. Then, Demetrius Merriweather keeps going on first dates without any second dates. On top of this, several of the family cases have become intertwined with each other.

Grab yourself a ginger ale and settle yourself down for the ride of a lifetime. I don't know how Lisa Lutz keeps doing it, but each book in this series is better than the last. I love the fact that there are several mysteries going on throughout the book . . . my favorites being the one with the banana (don't worry, it's not lewd in any way) and Olivia's obsession with getting a multitude of new hobbies. With all the dysfunction in the Spellman family and how well it's written, it does make me wonder how much of it is autobiographical. And, I have a strong hunch that the character of Izzy is hugely drawn from Lutz's own life . . . whether or not it is, that's how it feels to me.

I also enjoy the author's sense of humor in the book. It's a bit warped, but that's what I love about it. I'll admit, it's not for everyone. And, the footnotes are awesome! They add additional quirkiness and originality to this novel. There isn't anything negative I can really say about Trail of the Spellmans as I was immediately drawn into the story, and it played like a movie in my mind. I would love to see this installment of the series, and all of the others, as a mini-series on television or a movie.

Five out five stars is how I ranked Trail of the Spellmans (The Spellmans, #5) by Lisa Lutz, and it was a blast rereading it for the second time. However, it felt like the first time since it had be almost nine years to the date of when I read it the first time.


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