Review! Nanny X by Madelyn Rosenberg

nannyxNanny X
By Madelyn Rosenberg
112 pages – ages 7+
Published by Holiday House on September 15th, 2014

Summary- It’s never a good thing when an older woman with a baby bag, a gardening hat, reflective sunglasses, and a leather biker’s jacket shows up at your front doorstep, and your mother introduces her as your new nanny. At the very least, it’s not normal. And when you see her talking into diapers (which reply back?!?!?…) and when she gives you anchovy-and-peanut-butter sandwiches for lunch, you know something’s up (I mean, seriously? Who gives you peanut butter and anchovy sandwiches for lunch? That’s just not right. Not right at all…). That’s what Alison and Jake were thinking when Nanny X came into their lives. And pretty soon, Nanny X is saving their lives! Crazy! The woman serves them anchovies, and then… *grumbles something about how anchovies taste horrible* Well, nothing is as it seems (except those anchovies – they are what they seem – bad for your taste buds! 😉 ) around here…

What I thought of it- Horrible. It was terrible. I can’t stand it.

-Wait. You want me to review the book, not the anchovy peanut butter sandwich? Ah. Well, in that case: The book was  awesome!

What I thought about the book I love the idea of the whole book – spy nanny. Nanny X (besides her love of anchovies) is a marvelous character! Her baby bag of spy gadgets is pure awesomeness. I like how she handles situations. The story-line is great and the story will keep readers involved in it until the very end. There isn’t any major violence (a guy gets hit accidentally, Jake and Nanny X get kidnapped, etc.) so it is appropriate for all ages. It is perfect for young advanced readers. Alison and Jake are great main characters, and the chapters alternate between their POVs. The setting and the actions of the characters is realistic, and was described so well that I felt like I was there. Ms. Rosenberg has created a compelling spy story!

I give “Nanny X” five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

Categories: Age 6-9

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35 replies

  1. Sounds fun. Love the title and cover.

  2. Can’t wait to read this one! I’ll pass on the anchovies . . .

  3. Ooo, another great book. You the GO TO donut guy when I need to discover a new story. Donuts and spy stories. What could be better?

  4. It sounds really fun! My son would love this! We love spy books!

  5. OK, this sounds hilarious!

  6. What a fun review, Erik. You made us chuckle. 🙂 ~The Gang

  7. Fun review, Erik! Love a good spy book. You got me with your prank. . . but just for a moment! 🙂

  8. Thanks so much, Erik!! Love this! (Need to incorporate a rating system that stars anchovies!)

  9. Yes! A spy nanny – awesome idea. I’m adding this to my must read list based upon your recommendation. Many thanks.

  10. What a clever idea for a book. I loved your review. This is one entertaining spy book for kids.My husband eats peanut butter and Miracle Whip sandwiches. I can’t watch him eat them. My mother used to make me peanut butter and pickle sandwiches for school — I don’t remember likeing them. Wouldn’t touch one today.:)

  11. Whew, you scared me there for a minute, Erik! It sounds like a wonderful book. And I’m with you on those anchovies!

  12. I know just such a nanny! She’ll love this!

  13. Love it! My 4th grader and 1st grader just put it on their wish lists.

  14. Sounds fun and a lil’ fishy! Super review, Superkid!

  15. Oh but anchovy peanut butter sandwiches are the absolute best!!! 🙂


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