March of the Mini Beasts Review (Data Set #1)

Danger! Action! Trouble! Adventure! Introducing The DATA Set, a brand-new chapter book series for young readers.

What would happen if your next-door neighbor were a mad scientist?

Gabe, Laura, and Cesar live on a quiet cul-de-sac. They are the whiz kids of Newtonburg Elementary and each specializes in their own subject. In fact, everyone in town lovingly refers to them as the Data Set. However, their quiet days of learning take a sudden turn for the exciting when they meet Dr. Gustav Bunsen—a mad scientist who throws the kids into a wild spiral of adventures.

When Dr. Bunsen’s latest invention, a growth ray, hits several tiny animal toys, the mini beasts don’t just grow, they come to life! The DATA Set love their new tiny pets…until they continue to grow. Now there’s an actual elephant in the room—not to mention a chimp, a giraffe, and a dinosaur. When the beasts wander off, it’s up to the DATA Set to track them down. But will they catch the mini beasts before they grow big enough to start trouble in town?

 

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March of the Mini Beasts Review

This cute, somewhat silly, early chapter book is perfect for beginning readers who are already expressing an interest in science. Multiple illustrations that are simple but well-done draw the eye and perfectly compliment this short bit of mad-cap adventure.

I love that this trio has as bit of diversity to it, with one being a girl and one being non-caucasian, and, even though it’s a simple thing, the fact that the third member wears glasses means none of them are exactly the normal ‘perfect’ character you see typically on display in kids books. Plus, they’re all geeks. Not a single ‘cool’ one amongst them in any way. The ‘mad scientist’ is a fun character too.

The adventure starts with them trying to sell chocolate bars to raise money for their science club to go see something, and it ends with them setting off on a very unexpected adventure. It’s one kids could easily read on their own, but parents might just enjoy reading it with their kids ‘just because’.  I’d definitely recommend checking it out! Buy March of the Mini Beasts (The DATA Set #1) now on Amazon.4 Star Rated March of the Mini Beasts Review

Title: March of the Mini Beast | Series: The DATA Set #1 | Author: Ada Hopper (site) | Publisher: Little Simon (site) | Pub Date: 2016-4-5 | Pages: 128 |  ISBN13: 9781481457286  | Genre: Children’s Fiction | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Date Read: 2016-5-14 | Source: Library

 

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