Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Review: The Secret of the Sea Creature by Laurie S. Sutton


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
A sea creature is on the loose at Wild-World Beach! Will the gang stick together or split up? Should Shaggy and Scooby tackle their fears or their hunger first? Does Scooby-Doo deserve a Scooby Snack? In this interactive story, YOU CHOOSE the path the gang should take. With your help, they'll solve this maritime mystery.
For ages 7-12. From the You Choose Stories: Scooby-Doo series. A new series of You Choose Books featuring Scooby-Doo and his friends Fred, Velma, Daphne, and Shaggy! These mysteries feature fun, action-packed stories (and illustrations!) that allow the reader to choose their own path. In each book, with the help of the reader, Scooby and the gang will solve spooky mysteries and expose common criminals in a truly dynamic reading experience.
*Over 10 million fans on the Scooby-Doo facebook page
* New Scooby content is everywhere — DVDs, animation, TV, online, social media, interactive games, etc.
* Nearly a billion DVDs sold globally
* Multiple endings and scenarios encourage re-reads again and again!
* Best-selling character meets best-selling format: over 1 million copies sold in the You Choose series.
About the Illustrator:
Scott Neely has been a professional illustrator and designer for many years. For the last eight years, he’s been an official Scooby-Doo and Cartoon Network artist, working on such licensed properties as Dexter’s Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, Courage The Cowardly Dog, Powerpuff Girls, and more. He has also worked on Pokemon, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, My Friends Tigger & Pooh, Handy Manny, Strawberry Shortcake, Bratz, and many other popular characters. He lives in a suburb of Philadelphia and has a scrappy Yorkshire terrier, Alfie.

MY TAKE:
I was a huge fan of Scooby Doo and choose-your-own-adventure books back when I was a kid, so this book is definitely right up my alley.

In The Secret of the Sea Creature, Scooby and the rest of the gang visit an amusement park. They went there to have a fun time, but little do they know that there's a monster waiting for them.

With paperback choose-your-own-adventure books, I usually try as many possible stories as I can. With e-books, however, I don't feel as motivated to turn the pages because some e-readers lag or don't have an easy-to-find go-to-page button. I usually only do another story if I didn't like the ending I got.

For this book, I chose to go with Shaggy and Scooby, and I was satisfied with the resolution I got.The story was short and sweet and the only real difference it had with the cartoon show was that instead of everybody finding clues and more or less solving the mystery together, this time it was really just Scooby and Shaggy who did the work.

Considering that there are several characters you can follow, and each character has a couple of choices as well, I assume that each character's story isn't too long. If you're the type who likes to do all the stories in choose-your-own-adventure books, you might like this one.

Thanks to NetGalley and Stone Arch Books for the e-ARC.

THE GOOD:

  1. Scooby and the others seem to be in character.
  2. It's a quick read.
  3. It feels almost like an episode of the show.

THE BAD:

  1. The different stories might be too short for some.


FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
"Seafood," he says and chomps on the tentacle. 
READ IT IF:

  1. You like Scooby Doo and the rest of the Mystery Inc. crew.
  2. You like choose-your-own-adventure books.
  3. You are looking for a quick read. 

RATING:
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