Reviews for This Book Is Not Good for You
Booklist Reviews 2010 January #1
At the center of this third book in the Secret series is the Tuning Fork and its mystery. Cass, Max-Ernest, and Yo-Yogi find themselves involved in a great "chocolate" mystery. Sinister Señor Hugo, great experimenter of chocolate, and the infamous Dr. L and Ms. Mauvais hold Cass' mom as hostage as they seek the secret of immortality. Bosch again intersperses the story with warnings for readers and gives footnote explanations about types of chocolate. Ford's hauntingly humorous illustrations provide brief intermissions in the story. Although there is no secret code to unravel, fans of the first two books will find this sequel satisfying. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Spring
In Cass and Max-Ernest's third adventure, the friends pursue the Tuning Fork, a mythical Aztec cooking instrument, to save Cass's mom from her kidnapper, evil dessert chef and chocolatier Senor Hugo. Mystery, adventure, humor, and fantasy meld in this story. A surprise "to-be-continued ending"--and lots of chocolate (some recipes appended)--make this a toothsome read. Playful illustrations open each chapter. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
VOYA Reviews 2010 February
Cass and Max-Ernest are at it again, working together to solve a thrilling yet sometimes dangerous puzzle against the Midnight Sun. The duo, their friend Yo-Yoji, and Cass's mother are invited to a restaurant, El Castillo de la Noche, where Cass's mom is kidnapped by none other than Midnight Sun members. Through good old-fashioned research, Cass, Max-Ernest, and Yo-Yoji find themselves at a zoo with a secret entrance to a chocolate plantation where Cass' mother is being held prisoner and where the Midnight Sun has taken up quarters and a new and tasty project Subplots including Cass finding the box she supposedly arrived in as a baby at her two grandfather's store to Max-Ernest's parents getting along better help keep the story moving. Many references to chocolate, including the coveted tuning fork that can turn any food or drink into what the owner wishes, will keep readers hungry for more. As in the previous two companion books, Lemony Snickett-like humor and decoding puzzles through research and handy gizmos like the Professor Layton video-game series will not disappoint loyal readers. Chocolate games and recipes are given in the back of the book, providing great ideas for library programs. Twists and turns in the ordering of the chapters give the author time for commentary and a choose-your-own adventure for readers who will still be on the edges of their seats at the end for the Secret to be revealed.--Kelly Czarnecki 4Q 4P M Copyright 2010 Voya Reviews.