Friday, September 20, 2013

Book review: "Mystery of the Square Footprints" by Ann Bradford

"Mystery of the Square Footprints" is in no way great literature, but it's still likeable in a quirky way.

First, the illustrations appear dated to sometime around 1960, when boys all had neat, short haircuts, girls wore only skirts or dresses, and robots were square, boxy contraptions. The story is similar, with seeming danger turning out to be only a misunderstanding and a respected scientist solving the mystery. It almost seems like a parody. Given all this, I was shocked to see the copyright is actually 1980!

The story is a tame mystery, but my kids (now ages 6 and 8) have liked it enough to sit through many readings. I think that's because it's a simple story that's on their level.

In short, I wouldn't suggest going out of your way to find this book, but if you happen upon it, it can entertain your children for at least a short while.


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