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”.

Precious and the Monkeys

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.


About yewnique

I am a Malaysian-born woman who is married to an Australian and now live in Melbourne, Australia. I am a mother to four children. I home school. I like reading, writing, and cooking -- not necessarily in that order. I care about grammar and spelling, but am nonchalant about the Oxford Comma. I try to follow Christ's teachings.

Posted on Thursday, September 1st, 2016, in Books and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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