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Review – Fish Finelli: Operation Fireball

May 30, 2014

Fish Finelli

Fish Finelli and his friends are trying to fix his boat’s motor when they run into Bryce, a big talking kid.  Bryce boasts that he’s going to beat Fish in the Captain Kidd Classic boat race and Fish accepts the challenge.  But with his old boat and broken down motor, it seems that Fish doesn’t have a chance.  He and his friends come up with a plan and get to work but is it enough to pull off such an upset?

Fish Finelli: Operation Fireball is the second book in a series by E. S. Farber.  I think children with mechanical ability or an interest in boats will enjoy this book but, to be honest, some of it was over my head.  There are quite a few nautical and mechanical terms in the book – a few are explained but many are not.

I thought this book was cute but I didn’t love it.  The kids in the story are mostly unsupervised and that bothered me some but I don’t think the intended audience of 8 to 12 year olds will mind that at all.   There is a lot of action and adventure, but it felt somewhat forced to me.  I also thought the ending was pretty predictable.  Of course, young readers probably won’t feel that way.

Jason Beene‘s illustrations add a nice touch and there are boxes on several pages to explain things like a compass and zero gravity.  Early readers looking for action and adventure will probably enjoy this chapter book more than I did.

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site tomorrow.

Review copy provided by Chronicle Books. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
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8 Comments leave one →
  1. May 30, 2014 7:55 am

    It’s interesting that a book for kids has so many technical terms. But I have always wondered how sailors learned all that stuff!

  2. May 30, 2014 10:06 am

    Kathy, this does sound like a cute book! Thanks for your concise and honest review.

  3. May 30, 2014 7:36 pm

    I keep trying to get Gage interested in boats, but so far, no luck!

  4. May 31, 2014 1:56 am

    Sounds like a lot of fun for kids interested in boats!

  5. May 31, 2014 4:30 am

    I love anything to do with water or boats, so this book appeals to me even though it’s a children’s book. I think my granddaughter would enjoy it too since she loves going out on our boat.

  6. June 1, 2014 6:26 pm

    It sounds cute but if the technical terms were over your head then I would think they would be over most children’s as well…. and certainly mine 🙂

  7. June 2, 2014 2:01 pm

    Isn’t it funny, the things we notice as parents about certain children’s books that bother us? Like the supervision issue in this one. 🙂

  8. bookingmama permalink
    June 9, 2014 11:50 am

    Maybe this will be a good one for boys or reluctant readers?

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