The Adventures of Joe-Joe Nut and Biscuit Bill:
Case 2: Mineral Mischief
Written by Renee Hand
Illustrated by Jake Karwoski
North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc., 2011
Ages: 9 to 13
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth
Synopsis: This is a cute and educational book about animal detectives, rocks and minerals. While her friends were visiting, one of Maple Moo’s rare mineral’s goes missing. She instantly asks two detectives Joe-Joe Nut and Biscuit Bill to help locate the rock. However, this task is impossible because the suspects actions and intentions seem difficult to pin down. It could have been Candy Cardinal. She collects rare gemstones. But Brutus and Betty Blue Beaver also collect minerals and they were visiting her too. There are other suspects too but none of them give the detectives enough evidence until some bullies come into town. Can the detectives determine who stole Maple Moo’s rare mineral?
Overall Thoughts: This is a great educational book for kids about rocks and minerals. This is Renee’s second book in this series. The information is presented in a humorous and light manner that will appeal to kids of all ages. The illustrations are really cute and funny too. This book can be used as an educational tool. The book has a lit of key words at the end of the book, which will help kids to identify rocks and minerals. In addition, there are a couple of experiments that kids could try to learn more about rocks and minerals. Lastly, the author includes the life of a rock cycle. Renee uses her background in education to present the information about rocks and minerals in a kid-friendly manner, one that will appeal to kids of all ages.