Monday, August 11, 2008
I'm not really sure what to say about Miss Pickerell and the Blue Whales. Although it was published in 1983, it has the innocence and zaniness of a children's book from the 1950s (the Miss Pickerell books was a lengthy series). Miss Pickerell is an amateur detective, friend to all animals, and a conservationist. She sets out to determine who or what is destroying the whales (remember that there was a huge "Save the Whales" campaign in the 1970s and 1980s). Accompanied by her middle nephew, Euphus, they board a space shuttle to further investigate the problem. Hilarity ensues, as they say, and they run into a band of Very Mean Pirates. Not to worry, of course, for Miss Pickerell always prevails. The humor is light, the story moves quickly, and the font is most unfortunate. If you need a breezy mystery that's not too terribly scary, try this one.