Enjoy the Poodle Skirt by Kate Willis

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

Enjoy the Poodle Skirt by Kate Willis

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)

Canary and her siblings are spending the end of their summer vacation helping out at their aunt and uncle’s ’50s diner. It’s already a fun week, but when Canary comes across a mysterious hand-drawn map left at a table, it gives her an exciting little case to solve in Enjoy the Poodle Skirt by author Kate Willis.

Here’s a simple, pleasant short story that’s pretty much as sweet as the sundae on the cover looks. A quick pick-me-up like an afternoon dessert.

The mystery is uncomplicated, which fits fine with this story. It would’ve been more interesting if its resolution included certain particulars, at least one or two key pieces of info about the subject at the heart of the mystery. We know the characters have a discussion, but since we don’t hear the details they discuss, their discovery ends on a rather vague note for the reader.

Still, this is a good read for anyone who can appreciate a wholesome snack, especially middle grade readers.


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