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Clue by Clue (Carmen Sandiego) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-09-08 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:1328553086
LANGUAGE:English

" Un roman d’aventures jeunesse très bien ficelé ! " said.

" If there are going to be more in this series, and they are like this one (not in story I mean, but in quality), I think I'm going to like listening to Carmen Sandiego's adventures. You learn something, there is a real story, there is some excitement - didn't know what to expect when I saw there were two stories with one of my childhood's favorite video games, but so far, I definitely like! :) " said.

"J'ai découvert Carmen Sandiego grâce à la série Netflix et j'ai tout de suite adoré, Carmen étant un personnage que j'aime de tout mon cœur. Ce roman a tout à fait la même sensation qu'un épisode, avec Carmen en vadrouille, VILE à côté, et Chaque Devineaux toujours sur les traces de Carmen. J'ai trouvé que les personnages étaient vraiment fidèles à la série et pendant toute l'histoire c'est comme si je regardais un épisode. J'aime vraiment comment on apprend des informations d'histoire et de géographie via Player sur les endroits que Carmen (et nous) visite, comme on dit, apprendre en s'amusant. L'histoire sur les pirates était une qui m'a vraiment intéressée en plus (je partage la passion de Zack sur eux) et j'ai adoré suivre Carmen dans le mystère du trésor de Cal Cutlass, avec une narration qui nous invite à faire part de cette enquête." said.

"My Review: When I saw this at the bookstore the other day, I knew we had to get it! Not only is it a new Carmen Sandiego book but it is also interactive with a decoder to use throughout the story. It was even better because it fits in perfectly with my pirate month as we follow Carmen Sandiego and her friends on a hunt for lost pirate treasure. It is a pretty easy read, perfect for those kids who are starting out in chapter books, though it does contain some more difficult words. This was quite the adventure as Carmen has to solve many codes and follow the clues to the treasure. There are codes to be cracked in the book but it is written so if you don't want to stop reading, the answer is revealed when you turn the page. At the end of the book there are more codes to crack with the decoder, but also a new cifer is introduced and even more codes to crack. There is also a lot of facts and history about both the Tower in London, Tortuga and pirates. We even get a recipe to try out! All in all this is a fun packed book. " said.

"This book was a lot of fun! I expected each book in the series to get bigger, so was very surprised at finding this one to be half the length of the first. I got excited with this book thinking that Carmen was going back to her roots and that the new series was going to be educational, like all the Carmen products before. Sad to say that this was a fruitless hope. In a situation where real facts and people could have been used, fake ones were made up. This was very disappointing and the primary reason for my 3-star rating. The writing of this book was much smoother than the first author; and with far fewer mentions of the "where in the world" catch phrase, which was nice. The code concept was cool and I am in love with the idea of the physical book coming with its own de-coder! Very cool concepts. I am curious if they are going to continue this series, and if so, I will probably be reading the third book as well. I will keep hoping that the authors will switch to using actual historical information in the mean time - because that would be the perfect blast from the past!!!! <3" said.

"Based on the description, I was expecting this to be an activity book, but actually it's a junior novel (well, at 128 pages of large print, "novel" is really a stretch even with the "junior" qualification). The code wheel embedded in the cover is nothing but a gimmick to make the book seem more interactive than it is, since the code is always solved within the text of the book, though there are bonus activities in the back, one of which involves using the code wheel.

That said, I thought the book was cute. It wasn't as well written nor as illuminating with regard to the cartoon as its predecessor, Who in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? , but it does serve as a nice "lost episode," seemingly set just after "The Fishy Doubloon Caper," that even explains the origin of Carmen's eyepatch from her Duchess disguise. Actually, I wonder if this plot was meant to be an episode that was then cut, perhaps explaining why there were 9 episodes in season 1, rather than 10 as expected.

At any rate, it reminded me a bit of the Carmen Sandiego Mystery series I read as a kid. It makes me glad that for as mindlessly destructive as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has been to the Carmen franchise, at least they know how to put out tie-in books.
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"Based on the description, I was expecting this to be an activity book, but actually it's a junior novel (well, at 128 pages of large print, "novel" is really a stretch even with the "junior" qualification). The code wheel embedded in the cover is nothing but a gimmick to make the book seem more interactive than it is, since the code is always solved within the text of the book, though there are bonus activities in the back, one of which involves using the code wheel.

That said, I thought the book was cute. It wasn't as well written nor as illuminating with regard to the cartoon as its predecessor, Who in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? , but it does serve as a nice "lost episode," seemingly set just after "The Fishy Doubloon Caper," that even explains the origin of Carmen's eyepatch from her Duchess disguise. Actually, I wonder if this plot was meant to be an episode that was then cut, perhaps explaining why there were 9 episodes in season 1, rather than 10 as expected.

At any rate, it reminded me a bit of the Carmen Sandiego Mystery series I read as a kid. It makes me glad that for as mindlessly destructive as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has been to the Carmen franchise, at least they know how to put out tie-in books.
" said.

"Based on the description, I was expecting this to be an activity book, but actually it's a junior novel (well, at 128 pages of large print, "novel" is really a stretch even with the "junior" qualification). The code wheel embedded in the cover is nothing but a gimmick to make the book seem more interactive than it is, since the code is always solved within the text of the book, though there are bonus activities in the back, one of which involves using the code wheel.

That said, I thought the book was cute. It wasn't as well written nor as illuminating with regard to the cartoon as its predecessor, Who in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? , but it does serve as a nice "lost episode," seemingly set just after "The Fishy Doubloon Caper," that even explains the origin of Carmen's eyepatch from her Duchess disguise. Actually, I wonder if this plot was meant to be an episode that was then cut, perhaps explaining why there were 9 episodes in season 1, rather than 10 as expected.

At any rate, it reminded me a bit of the Carmen Sandiego Mystery series I read as a kid. It makes me glad that for as mindlessly destructive as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has been to the Carmen franchise, at least they know how to put out tie-in books.
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