Two weeks ago she was a soccer queen; now she's been sidelined by a broken arm. Beryl's sooooooooooooo bored, until her stepfather suggests she become a Mighty Adventurer of the Planet -- dedicated to solving mysteries and finding adventures. Now Beryl and her new best friend, Mary P., are going behind the scenes at the natural history museum, where their help is desperately needed by a team of scientists hunting for a missing dinosaur bone.
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Ricki Stern, an independent filmaker, and Heidi Worcester are cousins who have teamed up to create the Beryl E. Bean series. Ricki lives in New York City and Heidi lives in Connecticut.From School Library Journal:
Grade 3-6-If you can imagine a chatty first-person narrative with a grab bag of graphic elements, you'll already have a sense of this book. Beryl E. Bean is a 10-year-old "soccer queen" who has recently been dethroned by a broken arm. She is, in a word, BORED (spelled out in scrabble tiles on the page). Warren is Beryl's stepdad, the kind of upbeat parent who paints little faces on his big toes with nail polish, and buys Beryl multiple packs of Milk Duds to ease her pain. He channels the girl's natural inquisitiveness as a "Mighty Adventurer of the Planet" (or "MAPster") into a sleuthing escapade at a natural-history museum, along with her friend Mary Priscilla. While the bare-bones plot and high-energy art are appealing, much is lacking in old-fashioned, compelling storytelling. The narrative is a confusing stream-of-consciousness dialogue without traditional cues like quotation marks; a change of voice is signaled by italics, colored type, and the insertion of dialogue boxes. Cameo appearances by myriad forgettable characters add to the confusion. Beryl herself is problematic: her unbridled self-esteem wears thin quickly. Despite the abundance of color illustrations and juvenile vocabulary ("barf-o-rama"; "cow poop") that might appeal to beginning readers in theory, Mighty Adventurer requires, in fact, the word skills and concentration of abler, more sophisticated readers. Unfortunately, there is not enough substance here to warrant their attention.
Mary Ann Carcich, Mattituck-Laurel Public Library, Mattituck, NY
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Book Description HarperTrophy, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0064421201