Read the first 3 of the Series. (There are 6 or 7.) These stories are set in the 1930's.
Note: First 2 books are by the same author, and the 3rd is by someone else.
1) "Danger at the Zoo" - Fun story for kids (that's the idea), but also undertones of Communism/Leftist ideology; most subtle, some not so subtle.
2) "Midnight in Lonesome Hollow" - (Gave it 1/2 a Star) Definite blatant Leftwing/Communist propaganda. e.g. Typical "bad guys" of communist society portrayed as (You guessed it...) the "Bad Guys", without any thought to r-e-a-l-I-t-y, and, "Robin Hood" mentality enforced, without re: to whom & why assets are 'redistributed' (mostly to Govt.) Not good stuff to instill in kid's minds.
3) "A Thief In The Theater" - (2 Stars) Again, the political ideology is toned down and more subtle, but as for the messages in "life lessons learned": There is the wholesome stuff that used to be more normal, and courtesy & respect which is great! Also, the positivism & "you can do it" attitude is fantastic to instill in kids, along with some good "life lessons" & advice. However, then there is some stuff in the story that is like "What the heck!?!". Completely wrong about what a kid should do in a certain situation, or how to label/evaluate a certain situation. IMO. e.g. That someone is not at "fault" for something being taken, because they didn't lock it up. Oh contraire. They of course didn't steal it (duh), and may not have been overly "reckless" and deserve forgiveness & understanding, but, they are definitely at fault as to why it was stolen.
Note: As for plots, for an adult, everything is obviously extremely predictable, but for young kids, I would think they would be entertaining.
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