Manual para espías

­Editorial Flamboyant. Feb. 2022. 64p. Tr $21.90. ISBN 9788418304439. SP.
Gr 3-6–A tongue-in-cheek primer on spycraft. The cute book, full of excellent and colorful illustrations, explains that to be a spy, readers do not need to follow the usual rules, such as dressing in an elegant jacket, wearing an English mustache, or carrying a leather suitcase with magic tricks. No, it’s time to reject that stereotype for good. Full of humor, this book explores what it’s like to be a real spy, and begins with definition of every type of spy. It also offers readers spying techniques, such as what it is to secretly watch in person, and how to infiltrate any dangerous and secret situation where you have to be the hero. The spy communication section delineates the most efficient ways to communicate in this world. It also includes profiles of spies from the past and how they came to be successful. The illustrations are jovial with a palette of teals, blacks, and oranges. Every spot is filled, with no white space. And oddly, the spies are presented as undercover anthropomorphized animals. The quirky art also features infographics, varied fonts, and sidebars, which adds interest.
VERDICT A great choice where books by Tanya Lloyd Kyi are popular and where high interest nonfiction is needed.

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