My friend Brenda emailed me a while back about her latest children’s book coming out in November called Secret Agent Josephine in Paris. Brenda has authored and/or illustrated 11 other children’s books, but this is the first time I’ve agreed to review one. I’m selfish. I knew the advanced copy would be a great addition to the library at school even though it is paperback (the official release is in hardback and ebook only).
There’s a new super spy in town! Secret Agent Josephine may not look like a super mom, but when she goes to work, bad guys better watch out for her crafty tricks. In this Secret Agent Josephine adventure, our heroine travels to Paris to scope out some new craft supplies and stop an infamous art thief. Donning disguises and stocking up on the tools of her trade, Secret Agent Josephine tracks the thief through the streets of Paris. But when she’s spotted, will her crafting skills be able to get her out of a jam?
The artsy and creative girls at school loved it. I had the 6th grade class on Wednesday and one of the students thought it was a new book to check out. I hadn’t written this post yet, nor had I told the volunteer helping me that it was off limits, so she allowed the 6th grader to check it out. I had to then go to the 6th grader and ask for the book back. I’m a book stealing dream crusher. I told her she could have it next week, but I still felt like a jerk.
I wasn’t sure Mikey and Nico would be as thrilled since it’s a book about a mom and a girl, so I asked them if they wanted to take pictures holding a book about a Secret Agent.
Did they?! Secret Agent?!
“Hold on, mom,” said Mikey. “Let me go put on my Secret Agent outfit.”
Ten minutes later I heard Nico yell, “I can’t find my Secret Agent hat! I can’t find my Secret Agent hat!”
They arrived, without Secret Agent hats, ready to roll. Since Nico had a Miami Vice vibe thanks to Mikey’s First Communion suit jacket, I had the idea to recreate this image with Mikey playing the part of a book holding Tubbs.
But this is the boy who almost had a coronary over a One Direction pillow, so when he saw the cover he refused. He passed the book to Nico, and when he saw the cover of the book (pretty mom and cute little girl in Paris–with a cat, no less) he had a similar reaction.
That’s the book flying.
It’s about the time I said, “You both are going to hold that book and by God, you’re going to love doing it!”
At one point Mikey took a peek at the back, but not because he was interested. It was just there, you see.
“Open it up,” I said. “Look at the pictures! My friend did all of that. Aren’t they cool? So bright and detailed, not at all babyish, right? Show me one of the pages you like so I can take a picture.”
Mikey opened the book without looking. Awesome.
The pictures really are beautiful. It’s a nice change from the matte, washed out colors you see in books today and it fits perfectly with the crafting storyline. When I think of crafts, I think bright, happy colors.
Oh, what’s this? Did some boys deign to look down at the book?
Surely such a girly book is of no interest. Watch Nico inch his way closer.
Careful, Nico, that smile makes it look like you’re enjoying the story.
Might as well finish it since we got this far, I guess.
Mikey, having realized he might have been wrong for the first time in his life, passed out from shock.