Book Review: The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity

6281385“Steve Brixton always wanted to be a detective…until he found out he already WAS one.

It all starts here: The thrilling story of Steve Brixton’s first case. Our hero has a national treasure to recover, a criminal mastermind to unmask, and a social studies report due Monday — all while on the run from cops, thugs, and secret-agent librarians.

Since when can librarians rappel from helicopters? Does Steve have any brothers or sisters? If not, then why is this series called The Brixton Brothers? You will solve all these mysteries and many more by the time you finish The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity.

We think you’ll agree: Steve Brixton’s first adventure is his best adventure yet.” (from Goodreads)

I’ve always loved (and slightly laughed at) children’s detective novels, so this book by Mac Barnett was a real treat! It celebrated the cliche in a preposterous, humorous way while disproving some of the old flex-your-muscles-when-you’re-tied-up tricks in the process. 😉 The main character has some crazy adventures with detective manual and wits tested to the limits as he faces kidnappers, thieves, SPOILER ALERT! highly trained librarians, and the whole police department. I really enjoyed the writing style, and the true to life details kept me laughing. The plot was very good, and a few twists (SPOILER ALERT! like the brother) were surprising. 😉 Not recommended for younger readers because of some disrespect of adults and intense action including kidnapping.

Best quote: It’s a well-known fact that the chums of detectives are always getting kidnapped. For instance, Shawn and Kevin Bailey’s best friend, Ernest Plumly, gets abducted in thirty-two of the fifty-nine Bailey Brothers adventures. Every time, the Bailey Brothers always come to the rescue.

Altogether, I quite enjoyed this fantastic, clever, hilarious book! I’ll definitely be checking out the rest of the series.

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