Wednesday, December 13, 2017

April Fools' Fiasco by Ron Roy Review

Book Nerd Review by Jordan

Celebrate 20 years of A to Z Mysteries! No foolin’!

It’s the first of April in Green Lawn! Mr. Paskey, owner of the Book Nook, plays an April Fools’ Day prank on Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose. They hatch a plan to get back at him, but then the bookstore is robbed—no joke! Can the kids track down the crook? Or will this April Fools’ be an April fail?

The alphabet may be over, but the mysteries continue in this ninth A to Z Mysteries Super Edition, featuring a 26-letter secret message hidden in the illustrations.

This A to Z Mysteries Book was amazing. I also saw at the end of the book that there is a message. I couldn't find it but I will find it soon. The characters in the books are Ruth Rose, Dink, Josh and Mr. Paskey. Ruth Rose is friendly. Dink is suspicious. Josh is a sneaky one. Mr. Paskey collects a lot of stuff. This book was amazing. I can't wait to read the next one.

Here are Jordan's written reviews as he reads per chapter. Just click the picture to enlarge. ***WARNING** Review Contains SPOILERS. Do NOT click the pictures if you do not wish to be Spoiled.

Content from Ron Roy.

Josh is in the third grade, like his best friend Dink. He is tall, skinny, and has red hair and freckles. Josh also has two four-year old twin brothers, Brian and Bradley. In the barn behind his house, Josh keeps Polly, a white pony. He also has Pal, an affectionate and curious basset hound. Josh likes to draw birds, tease his friends, and eat!

Dink is a third grader, like his best friend Josh. His full name is Donald David Duncan, but his nickname has always been Dink. His only pet is a Guinea pig named Loretta. Dink reads a lot, and likes to think about everything before he does anything!

Josh and Dink have another best friend. Her name is Ruth Rose Hathaway. Ruth Rose lives next door to Dink, in Green Lawn, Connecticut. She has black curly hair and snappy blue eyes. The boys tease Ruth Rose because she always dresses in one color. Ruth Rose is very smart, and she's usually the one who finds most of the clues when the 3 of them solve mysteries.

Pal is Josh's bassett hound. Pal lived with some crooks who were making fake money. When the crooks went to jail, Pal came to live with Josh's family. Pal gets to play with Brian and Bradley, Josh's twin brothers. He also plays with Polly, a white pony who lives in Josh's barn. Whenever Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose are on a case, Pal helps them sniff out clues. Pal loves his new home!

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Author Spotlight
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Ron Roy was born in Hartford, Connecticut. His parents named him Wallace Ronald Roy, but he shortened the name to Ron Roy. He was a shy kid, and spent much of his time studying nature and reading. He loved school and used to win all the spelling bees.

His favorite teacher was Mr. Ben Hancock, who taught him to love books, how to hit a baseball and how to catch a fish. Because of Mr. Hancock’s influence, he decided to become a teacher himself some day, so after college and graduate school, he became a fourth grade teacher. But somewhere along the way he started writing children’s stories and sending them to publishing companies.

In 1978, he sold his first children’s book. That was one of the most exciting days of his life. Soon he left teaching and became a full time writer. In 1997 he started writing the A to Z Mysteries series. Now he is working on Capital Mysteries. Millions of children are reading these books, which makes him very happy.



  1. No favorites just love reading them all.

  2. My favorite mystery stories are Nancy Drew.

  3. "Favorite Mystery Stories?" I loved "The Three Investigators" books when I was little, as well as original editions of the Hardy Boys books, which looked so cool!

  4. My favorite mysteries are the Erle Stanley Gardner mysteries.

  5. I love all mystery stories. No favorite.

  6. I love all sorts of mysteries, but my favorite is Nancy Drew.

  7. Anything Cozy and having recipes whets my appetite for Mystery. And I drool over the recipes and make a few of them.

  8. Sheila Connolly's Cork County Mysteries