If you have a kid who fancies himself/herself as the little Sherlock at home, Sunny’s Adventures is definitely THE book to kick start his/her adventure as a junior sleuth.
Author Leketha Marie Johnson writes about Sunny, a bright and cheerful 8 year old girl who goes out on her journey to solve fun and clever mysteries. Unlike other lengthy mystery books, Sunny’s Adventures comprises of five short cases with black and white illustrations to keep the kids entertained. In the book, Sunny goes on her quest to find a missing puppy, the class turtle, a stolen pie, a classmate’s doll, and a disappearing diamond ring! Another plus point of the book is that at the end of each mystery, there are questions which lets the child get interactive with Sunny by exploring other clues that helps solve the case. You’ll be pleasantly surprised with what your children can learn through this book!
BUY IT : If you’re looking for a beginner mystery book, Sunny’s Adventures would be a wonderful choice pick for your child. Though it is recommended for age group 9-12, our Parent Reviewers have discovered that even children below that age range was able to thoroughly enjoy the book. Fun and innovative, it is also a great picture book for the whole family to enjoy together. Sunny’s Adventures can be purchased through the author’s website or via Amazon.
While you are checking out www.sunnysadventures.com, don’t forget to download the free coloring pages as well as encourage your children to enter the coloring contest. Have fun!
Here’s what our Parent Reviewers had to say about Sunny’s Adventures:
The Dirty Shirt – This is a great book to read with your child. My daughter got excited when she figured out what Sunny was going to do next. And at the end of every adventure there is a discussion opportunity to ask your child what the clues were that helped Sunny solve the case. It also teaches your child a very important lesson, the willingness to help others in a time of need. I highly recommend this great book
Busy Mommy Product Review – Sara Rose is a little young for the book, but I did read it to my neighbor’s kids and they LOVED it. They got so excited when Sunny solved the mysteries. And they really understood what was going on and were able to follow the story really well. At the end of every adventure there is an opportunity to discuss what the clues were and how they helped Sunny.
Momma Findings – My favorite section of the book is at the end of each chapter there is a series of questions you can go through with your children to engage their critical thinking skills.
At first I though the illustrations were too simple, but realized they were perfect when both my 6 and 4 year old identified BETTER with the illustrations BECAUSE of the simplicity.
Maria’s Space – Friday, I received Sunny’s Adventures by Leketha Marie Johnson in the mail and have read it with my kids at least 6 times in two days. The reason I mention that little tidbit is because this is a chapter book with adorable black and white illustrations, geared toward ages 9-12. My children are 3 and 5 and can mostly sit for a picture for about 10 minutes let alone a chapter book.
3 P’s Mama Says – I like that the illustrations are hand-drawn, making the feel of the book be more intimate and like that of a good friend.
Another thing I noticed and really appreciate about the book is that the main character is a little girl who happens to be African American – a minority. Her friends however, are from a variety of races and race is quite obviously not an issue for any of them. As the mama of a minority child now, this really hits home and I cannot thank Leketha Marie Johnson enough!
Just A Mom’s Take On Things – I was curious, after I finished reading the first story, as to whether either of my older girls would have picked up on the clues and figured out the solution to the mystery themselves. When I asked them if they knew how Sunny had solved the case, my oldest easily listed two of the main clues given within the story. And again, after the second chapter as well. I love that this book not only encourages kids to read, but to really think about what they’re reading and to think while they’re reading.
Laura Williams’ Musing – This is such a cute book of adventures for young girls. There are no dangerous adventures or mischief on the part of Sunny. She is just a young girl who happens to try and help her friends solve mysteries.
Mommy Mandy – Samantha and I had a blast reading the story together. Sunny is a spunky little girl that enjoys solving fun and clever mysteries! This junior detective helps to solve five cases with her quick thinking and naturally curious nature. Sunny’s Adventures is a fun children’s mystery book that includes cases that all kids will be excited to help her solve.
Mom of 2 Dancers – This book doesn’t get old either, Cami has asked me to read it to her several times already since arriving in the mail. Sunny is a very likable character that is bright and not afraid to show her smarts. Another thing that I really like about the book is how easy it is to discuss. I have enjoyed spending time with the girls talking about the clues and the way Sunny has solved the mysteries.
Renaissance Culinaire – I especially liked the 3rd chapter “The Mystery of The Cooking Contest”, where Sunny and her grandmother enter a pie contest, and the pie ends up missing!
My daughter loved the animals and the fact that this girl was solving mysteries by putting the clues together and baking too.