January 14th, 2010 by Karen
I just finished reading the third book in the Mysterious Benedict Society series by Trenton Lee Stewart, and I LOVED it!
I admit I was a tad disappointed by the second installment in the series. It seemed to be trying a bit too hard to capture the same energy as the first book. But in Book 3, the action returns to Stonetown, and the story gets back its punch. So if you’re a fan of the series but haven’t gotten to The Prisoner’s Dilemma yet, prove you’re not as dim-witted as S.Q. Pedalian — read the thing already!
And for those of you who are new to the adventures of the Mysterious Benedict Society and have no idea what I’m talking about, well, I’ve penned a little verse to bring you up to speed. Let’s just say I was inspired by Constance Contraire, a pint-sized poet and one of the books’ four main characters.
So without further ado, here’s my…
Ode to the Mysterious Benedict Society
Four children, all unusually smart,
Under unusual circumstances —
A hero (Mr. Benedict) with a great big heart
Has asked them to take their chances
Fighting against a dastardly man
Whose name is Mr. Curtain.
Will they foil his evil plan?
Well, one thing is for certain:
Curtain wants to take over the earth
And the only hope for you and me
Is to rely on the miraculous birth
Of the Mysterious Benedict Society!
Well, whaddya think? Did I do it justice? (Here’s a hint: say yes!)
Or if you’d rather hear from a kid fan, then check out this book review from Maddy, age 10. Then leave a comment with your thoughts on the series, either here or on Maddy’s review!