Secret Agent Josephine in Paris by Brenda Ponnay is different from the picture books we’re used to reading. It’s formulated in a comic book style layout and doesn’t rhyme. But it is a quirky and fun book that will be enjoyed by children who enjoy mystery and crafting. We received an electronic version of this book in exchange for our honest opinions. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.
Secret Agent Jospehine is set to go on a secret mission to Paris to catch Sean Slippy and she’s taking her daughter with her. When they arrive they get into disguise and set their priorities straight. They put work on hold and visit the sites of Paris, visit friends, and go shopping for craft supplies. My kind of secret agent!
Secret Agent Josephine becomes trapped and she uses her craft skills to both amuse herself and to escape. Who knew that spy boots with telescoping heels would be so useful for knitting? She used some craft supplies to foil Sean Slippy’s plan and have him apprehended.
I love the “craftiness” in this story, it’s fresh and amusing and fits in perfectly with our crazy, crafty family! It’s like a girly, 2010s version of MacGyver!
Secret Agent Josephine in Paris could be used as a springboard to learning more about Paris. There’s lots of scope to research the historical and arty locations mentioned, and to try out a few words of French if your child isn’t familiar with it. I’m thinking I may take out my old photo album and show my children my trip to Paris in 2000. They’re still at the age where they find photos so interesting and ask so many questions about them, so why not use it to their learning advantage, all while I reminisce.
Now the question is…what should Secret Agent Josephine and her daughter do next?
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