Is Nanny X of the Nanny Action Patrol too old for the spy game?
It’s been so long since their first case (Nanny X, 2014) that fifth-grader Alison Pringle worries she, her brother, Jake, and their baby sister, Eliza, will never again experience the thrill of helping their secret-agent nanny chase and catch a bad guy. Then the mysterious Angler threatens to destroy the national treasures of Washington, D.C., if the president doesn’t install a fish sculpture created by the Angler on the White House lawn. Can Nanny X, the three Pringle children, a monkey named Howard, and fellow (and rival) NAP agent Boris discover who the Angler is before pieces of our national heritage are destroyed? If Ian Fleming wrote Mary Poppins, the outcome would resemble Rosenberg’s second pleasantly foolish mix of child care and espionage, which is as breezy and funny as the first. Alison and Jake, two Everykids, again trade off narrative duties chapter by chapter as they help Nanny X solve the case with her teething-ring handcuffs, baby-powder spyglass, and diaper-phones, thus ably proving she's not ready for retirement.
Readers will join Alison in hoping for more cases to come their way. (Fiction. 7-10)