3 for 3-to-5: Sci-Fi & Scary Books for Young Readers #8

Featuring: The Boogeyman Investigation by Scott Littleton, The Farting Superhero by Mike Fox, and I’m All Wrapped Up: Meet a Mummy by Shannon Knudsen.

3 for the 3-to-5 is where I give brief reviews of three books that I found in the 3-to-5 age range on Amazon. These books are theoretically in the science fiction and horror genres for little kids. (Although obviously for little readers ‘horror’ basically just means including ghosts and ghoulies.)

Book cover for The Boogeyman InvestigationThe Boogeyman Investigation by Scott Littleton: One day Mikey overhears his friends talking about a boogeyman. To find out if the boogeyman exists, Mikey engages in an investigation and his tools to find the boogeyman are his five senses.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Review:  The illustrations in The Boogeyman Investigation were kind of creepy. They were probably the best part of the book. The style I would associate with someone like Tim Burton. The font, however, wasn’t the easiest to read. Given that this is in the 3-5 range on Amazon, I would expect nice, easy to read font as younger readers need. My child liked the book, but even though she is almost always willing to give five stars, even she agreed this one didn’t quite make the cut. I do like what the author was doing though. It’s always fun to sneak a little learning in when you can.

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Book cover for The Farting Superhero

The Farting Superhero by Mike Fox: Short chapter book that is ideal for ages 4 up to 9. Good for readers in grades 1-3.

Larry the Launcher is a farting superhero. His amazing superpower has allowed him to defeat many of the bad guys in his town. However, one day all the bad guys decide to team up and fight back. They steal the Rainbow Ruby and all the electricity in the town of Butkins. Now everyone is left in the dark.

Will Larry the Launcher be able to save the day with his farts?  Find out what happens in this funny and exciting book filled with lots of surprises.

Rating: 3 out of 5. 

Review: Well, my 8 year old thought it was hilarious. And I can see younger readers (even the 4 and 5 year olds) thinking it was a great book too. It definitely utilizes body-humor to the maximum extent. I have to admit even I might have snickered once or twice. It’s also a book that can be broken up into reading over a couple of days.However, the formatting on The Farting Superhero does need a little work. Dialogue was not separated out appropriately. Paragraphs ran together. They were little things, but they affected the readability of the text, so that matters.

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Book cover for I'm All Wrapped Up I’m All Wrapped Up: Meet a Mummy (Monster Buddies) by Shannon Knudsen, Renee Kurilla: Meet Ami. She’s a mummy! She used to sleep in a tomb. Now she smashes through walls! But don’t run away. Ami’s not real. She’s one of the monsters you meet in stories. She just wants to tell you about mummies. Find out how a person becomes a mummy. Learn about the treasures in a mummy’s tomb. And discover what brings a mummy back to life. You’ll have a scary time with this monster buddy!

Rating: 4 out of 5

Review: This wasn’t what we were expecting (though that’s not a bad thing). We were expecting simple and silly for the littlest of readers. Instead, this one spelled out the differences between real mummies and monster mummies. Then it told a little bit of a monster mummy tale. That tale was actually the tiniest bit creepy, so parents might want to consider how excitable some of their kids are before letting them read it. (I seriously doubt there’d be a problem, but I have a friend whose kid freaked out over reading about the 3 headed dog in Harry Potter, so…) It was well-illustrated, with nice clear font. It was also short and easy to read.

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Our favorite one for this week was I’m All Wrapped Up: Meet A Mummy, hands down. Miss L had originally rated The Farting Superhero book as her favorite, but when we got to the last few pages of I’m All Wrapped Up, she was in love with it. It was a cute, fun read that we both enjoyed.

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