The mystery thread in the plot kept me till the end, and the climactic scene was thoroughly enjoyable ~ like watching an adventure movie. It was magically sweet 'hearing' Cassia talk to the horses, especially Kali.
The three short stories in this collection make up a heck of a gigglefest. Kids aged 8-12 will enjoy the humor and wild setting tremendously. Protagonists here are children in scientific or fantastical setting, with conflicts and worries that children in the real world can connect with. In 'Airsick Over Planet Ekka,' RZ-6 has to face his fear of getting sick in front of his classmates on their shuttle trip to the awesome Planetary Rock Museum; in 'Brains Coming Out of My Ear,' we are shown a world where people are handed out brains, eyeballs, carelessness and Adam's apples (it's all pretty bizarre yet funny); in 'The Ballad of Honking Tim (my favorite title), Tim escapes from the orphanage and joins a circus show. His talent in honking leads him to the biggest show on Earth (hosted by 'Diamond Scowl').
I did get a little queasy with the brains oozing out of the ears, and the nose-honking performance bits, but I know kids have stronger stomachs and they'll love reading these stories.
Riddles written in clever rhymes and accompanied with intricate drawings, this volume carries the categories of People; Mythology; Science; Things; Nature; History; Books (my favourite!); Music; and Seasonal. These riddles require careful readings and an open mind. You'll have to set your imagination wide to come closer to the answers. Great job by the authors of The Secret DMS Files of Fairday Morrow, Jess Haight and Stephanie Robinson!