Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Blog Tour/Review: Josh and the Gumshoe News Crew by Melissa Perry Moraja

About the Book

Josh and the Gumshoe News Crew by Melissa Perry Moraja

Josh and the Gumshoe News Crew: The Super Secret | Author: Melissa Perry Moraja | Publication Date: May 5, 2014 | Publisher: Melissa Productions | Pages: 154 | Recommended Ages: 6+ (read-aloud)

Summary: Up until a few days ago, nothing extraordinary had ever happened in ten year old Josh Wunderkind’s life - except eating a whole pot of pasta by himself. But that all changed after a mammoth-sized bird hit him smack on the face with a glob of neon green bird poop, triggering his superhuman Wunderkind ability and leaving him with the responsibility of caring for a baby bird he named Max. Now Josh was just like his older brother and twin sister Madison-super extraordinary! But what Josh didn't realize was that being superhuman wasn't all fun and games.

And things only got more complex in Josh’s life when his two siblings and a couple neighborhood friends persuade him to lead a super crime-solving, neighborhood news team—the Gumshoe News Crew. But not before they agree on the Super Secret and complete Gumshoe Boot Camp.

Find out what the Super Secret is. Will the Gumshoe News Crew complete boot camp? Or will Josh let his team down?


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Josh Wunderkind is 10 years old. His life hadn't been super until a few days ago when a glob of neon green bird poop lands on him. And he was excited about it! A couple of months ago, Grandpa Wunderkind shared a family secret with his older brother Jake, twin sister Madison and him about how every Wunderkind that had ever lived had been born with an extraordinary ability. His grandpa was born with the ability to read cow's thoughts. 

Josh was bummed because his brother and sister already knew their abilities and he didn't know his yet. One day, they were playing baseball when the bird poop landed on him. He wasn't excited about it at that time and started running around screaming, which led him to Max, the baby of the raptor who pooped on Josh and had died. It doesn't take too long for Josh to learn about his extraordinary ability.

Josh and his brother, Jake, sister, Madison, and friends MacKenzie and Justin, decide to start investigating strange happenings in the neighborhood and that's when they come up with the name Gumshoe News Crew. They have super training and start right in on a current neighborhood mystery.

This book was fun! I wasn't familiar with the word "gumshoe" so it was fun to learn what that means and how they came up with it. Their training boot camp was fun. I enjoyed the humor in this book. It starts with learning that a glob of neon green bird poop landed on Josh (I've had bird poop land on me before and there was nothing fun about it for me). This book is fast paced and easy to understand which makes it perfect for young readers. There are simple illustrations which are fun to look at.

I read this book with my kids. It was fun to read together and got a thumbs up from all of us. We spread it out over a few days and looked forward to finding out what was going to happen next. When we were done reading it, my son asked for more!

My Rating=4 Stars

About the Author: Melissa Perry Moraja

Melissa Perry Moraja, Author

Melissa Perry Moraja, Award-Winning Author and Founder of Melissa Productions, Inc., is an entrepreneurial mom, a multifaceted business woman, a creative producer, and an author and illustrator of numerous modern-fantasy children’s books and self-help books. And that’s just the beginning! Melissa also has published articles, appeared on television, been interviewed on radio, has spoken in front of hundreds of people, and held workshops at local schools, discussing creative learning, publishing and parenting. Her desire to make a difference in her four young children’s lives inspired her to leave her six-salary career at IBM in 2007 to become a full-time mom, children’s author, speaker, and consultant. Melissa spends her personal time coaching soccer and softball, painting, and coming up with fun art projects for her kids. She also blogs for Working Mother blog, has guest blogged for Charlotte Observer Mom’s Charlotte, and has her own personal blog at Not Your Ordinary Psychic Mom. Melissa is also committed to building awareness and support for type 1 diabetes. Her twin daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes November 4, 2011. To learn more about Madison’s type 1 diabetes disease please read Madison’s Story.

For more information about Melissa and her books, please visit http://www.melissaproductions.com and http://www.notyourordinarypsychicmom.com

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*Josh and the Gumshoe News Crew Blog Tour Schedule (2014)*

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Melissa Perry Moraja said...

Thank you so much for participating and reviewing my fifth Wunderkind Family story. Melissa

Renee C. said...

Always leave them wanting more! That's a good sign. This book is definitely written with kids in mind. My kids got a hoot out of the green bird poop (I think we've all been hit at some time or another! lol) I felt it functioned particularly well as a read-aloud book. Glad your family enjoyed it! Thanks for taking part in the Josh and the Gumshoe News Crew Blog Tour.

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