This book was a hit with the kids in my life because Spy Guy is a kid who plays ‘spy games’ with his dad. It’s basically an elaborate game of hide and seek and his dad gives him both feedback pointers at every step. In the end, Spy Guy manages to sneak up on his dad, causing the adult to jump in fright, which is very funny to a child. Then Spy Guy’s dad proudly compliments him on his hiding place.
The only draw back to this book is the technique Spy Guy uses to sneak up on his dad. it involves climbing a tree and lowering himself down with a rope. If you have a child who is inclined toward actually trying such things, then be prepared to remind him or her that it’s a story, not an instruction book.
“The secret to spying…is never stop trying!”
–Spy Guy, the Not So Secret Agent, written by Jessica Young and illustrated by Charles Santoso