Saturday, October 11, 2014

Review: Foghorn Flattery and the Dancing Horses by Barbara Steiner


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
When a Vienna show horse is stolen, the Flattery siblings will stop at nothing to find the steed and solve the case
C.C. and Foghorn Flattery love traveling around the world with their dad for his freelance writing assignments. Their latest stop is Vienna—a city of beauty, culture, and of course, the Spanish Riding School. C.C. can’t wait to see the famous dancing horses, but when they get to the school, they discover that one of the stallions has been stolen!
It’s up to Foghorn and C.C. to track down the missing horse and return him to his rightful owners. But to do so, they’ll have to escape a circus, hide out in a spooky castle, and outsmart the thieves before it’s too late!

MY TAKE:
Considering the length of this book, the quality of the story is quite good.

In Foghorn Flattery and the Dancing Horses, Foghorn and his sister C.C. are accompanying their dad on a vacation turned work assignment in Austria. When they go to watch the dancing horses, however, they suddenly find themselves in the middle of a mystery.

In this amateur detective story, Foghorn is the Sherlock, while C.C. is the Holmes. Funnily enough, I also noted that Foghorn reminded me of Dexter in Dexter's Laboratory, while C.C. was a smarter version of DeeDee. In a way, I guess that's also true, although they're more 70 percent Sherlock and Holmes and 30 percent Dexter and DeeDee.

I'm not really a big fan of horses so the part wherein they're watching the horses dance bored me a bit. However, once the action started, I was hooked. There's a lot of things going on and a lot of it was pretty exciting. I especially liked one of the scenes near the end because it reminded me of that scene in The Sound of Music between the Nazis and the nuns. I'd be more specific but that might spoil the story.

Thanks to NetGalley and Open Road Media Young Readers for the e-ARC.

THE GOOD:

  1. Overall, it's quite exciting.
  2. There are some interesting plot twists.
  3. Foghorn and C.C. are characters that are easy to care about. 

THE BAD:

  1. It would be even better if it were longer. 

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
Birds had started singing about the new day. I felt like singing with them. 
READ IT IF:

  1. You or your child likes mysteries.
  2. You like Sherlock Holmes.
  3. You like horses. 

RATING:
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