Madame X and the World Beneath
This was a fun book that used imagination. This book reminds me of PJ Masks, as the kids take on new identities. This book took me back to Where in the World is Carmen San Diego
Ten-year-old Susan Jones, known as Madame X, never met a case she couldn’t crack until she finds her marine biologist parents are missing. With her friend Johnny and his little brother by her side, Susan sets out on an adventure.
Susan truly lets her imagination run wild as they seek to save her parents. The imagery in the book was amazing, helping to bring the story to life. It felt as though you were there.
I love how, in the end, she realizes she doesn’t need to be someone else, just Susan. This book is about loving yourself just for who you are. Sometimes kids have a difficult time seeing themselves as important, but Madame X and the World Beneath teaches its readers a valuable lesson about being yourself. There will never be anyone quite like you.
We really enjoyed this book. We recommend this book to third-grade readers. It develops their character and teaches them self-esteem, how to use their imagination, and it teaches them not to be afraid of the world around them. The book also teaches the importance of family, like when she uses the brothers to start a new detective business. This book was funny, witty, and relatable. It teaches readers to do good in the world.
Susan admires Madame X. She describes her as strong and powerful. It seems as though Madame X was for her way to escape from parents who are really busy with their jobs. While she loves her parents, she understands they are very busy. What we loved is that, by the end of the story, while it had seemed like her parents were just too busy, they cancel their trip to stay with her.
Susan starts a new detective company called Hobart Detective alongside her friend Johnny and his brother Teddy. Susan learns a valuable lesson, and we did too: that you only need to be one person, and that is yourself, and you are never alone.
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