The Case Of The Case Of Mistaken Identity by Mac Barnett

The inside of the Red Herring was shabby and dim and smelled like beards.

Steve paused behind the bronze book [statue], took a few deep breaths, then ran into the open. Ropes wrapped around the upper half of his body, he sprinted down the road like a sausage escaping from a butcher shop.

I post my book reviews on the Ottawa Public Library website and read what others write about the books I’ve read. When a 17 year old girl shared my opinion of Stuart Little, I looked at some of her reviews for other books. This one sounded interesting, and now here we are at the end of The Case Of The Case Of Mistaken Identity.

First of all, the title makes no sense, but it is a fair portent of the kind of humour this book (now series) runs on. It’s mostly the over-the-top trying-too-hard kind of funny that appeals more to kids, but I still laughed a few times. I cringed a few times too, at the jokes that kids wouldn’t get but that aren’t even funny to adults, such as the Red Herring Bar and the Macguffin Quilt. The subtitle, “Brixton Brothers #1”, represents the more subtle humour that exists in the book … because Steve Brixton is an only child who understands detective novel heroes come in pairs.



Steve Brixton always wanted to be a detective … until he found out he already WAS one. It all starts here: the thrilling story of Steve Brixton’s first case. Our hero has a national treasure to recover, a criminal mastermind to unmask, and a social studies report due Monday – all while on the run from cops, thugs, and secret-agent librarians.