Book Review: Precious and the Monkeys by Alexander McCall Smith
Borrowed this book from the library.
The full title is: Precious and the Monkeys: Precious Ramotswe’s Very First Case
I found this book in the Junior Fiction section of my library. It appears in the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge Grade 3-4 list, so the target audience is 8-10 year olds. We have taken part in the VPRC before but have not done so for several years now. My children do read a lot, so reading is not really a “challenge”.
McCall Smith is a very talented writer who writes just as artfully for children as he does for adults.
In this book, Precious Ramotswe (who later becomes the founder and owner of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency) is seven years old and solves her very first case.
A wonderful book about Botswana, African life, and how to think like a detective, featuring a strong female protagonist. Great for young students (home schoolers or otherwise) who are studying Africa. There are mentions of African names (with pronunciations), places, and animals. The book also touches on themes of family, friendship, and loyalty.
Overall, a delightfully engaging book for young, learning-to-become-more-fluent readers.