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Mac Undercover

(Mac B., Kid Spy #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,184 ratings  ·  216 reviews
A thrilling, hilarious fully-illustrated spy adventure series, from the esteemed New York Times bestselling and multi-award-winning author Mac Barnett!

A New York Times bestsellerAn Amazon Best Book of 2018Before Mac Barnett was an author, he was a kid.And while he was a kid, he was a spy.Not just any spy.But a spy...for the Queen of England.James Bond meets Diary of a Wimp
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by Orchard Books
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Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was super-fun and silly and will sneakily teach kids history while making them laugh.
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
The most excellent book about espionage, the Queen's penchant for corgis (except one specific corgi), the tragic history of jeans in the former USSR and the KGB's current tactics. It's a globetrotting adventure full of questions and not many answers. The genius of Mac Barnett will literally never disappoint. ...more
Ryn Lewis
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Mac Barnett is not just your average student. He is also a spy and secret agent. So when the Queen of England calls to tell him the Crown Jewels are missing, Mac packs his bag and heads to England. From England to France and all around the world, Mac will search for clues, find secrets and vie with the KGB for control of the world's most valuable treasures.

Designed for the 7-10 year old range and heavily illustrated, this book should be an easy win for most kids. Spies are a hot topic for that
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Utterly ridiculous in all the best ways.
Karen Parisot
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an appealing book for seven to ten year olds that will have them laughing out loud while they learn a thing or two! The author has written himself as the main character and narrator and tells quite the tall tale. Lots of humor and comical illustrations make this a very entertaining story. It’s chock full of fun facts that cover a range of subjects from history and geography to word origins and their meanings. I thought the entire book was very well done and I know young readers will be hook ...more
Barb Middleton
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pokes fun at spy novels or movies , cultural stereotypes, and more. Funny.
Young Mac B. has exactly the kind of refreshing convincing voice you would expect from a young Mac Barnett. He comes to life as a secret agent, when the Queen of England calls him to perform a scary mission. He must retrieve the "Crown Jewels." He responds,"But tomorrow is a school day," and when she persists he worries, "but my mom will be worried about me." The same thoughts most together kids would consider. This is a clever spy mystery, full of bold colorful cartoon like illustrations sprink ...more
Brindi Michele
Jan 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
I gave this a one-star rating ONLY because it had a corgi. If not, I would have abandoned it. Oh my gosh, I think I lost brain cells reading this. It was even hard to force myself to skim half-way through instead of putting it down!!!

Ughhhhhh. It had potential. It really did, but fell flat on its face because it was so far-fetched in a horribly, unbelievable way. It felt redundant, lacking substance, and all characters involved seemed like complete idiots (except the corgi, obviously). I.e., th
Destinee Sutton
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is quirky and super funny. I actually laughed out loud a few times. The first-person narration of a young Mac supposedly going up against the KGB to retrieve the Queen of England's coronation spoon is as silly as one would expect. The ending was the tiniest bit anticlimactic -- especially for kids who probably have no awareness of the power of blue jeans. Nevertheless, it's an auspicious beginning to what I hope will be a popular series.

My 5-year-old daughter is currently in love with Mac'
Uhm, I am just not sure what I thought about this book. On the one hand I liked it, spies, gameboys, travelling the world, corgis, but on the other hand it was just weird and I got a bit tired off the constant reminding that this was taking place at x and y time or that this was a real story etc. etc. We get it. Mac was a pretty interesting character though, and I liked that he apparently didn't question much just went for the spy life as if it was the thing he was doing all the time (even if th ...more
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I wasn't sure Ruby would be ready for a read aloud like this, but it held her attention to the very end! She loved the humor and the spy business. This was a fun kid James Bond 1980s spy story. I even learned some stuff I didn't know. Ruby was excited to hear there is a book 2 and wants to read more! After trying several chapter book read alouds in a row with no success, I'm happy I found one she loved. ...more
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-mg

Cute and funny, really like the style of the illustrations, plus corgis!!!

I was bother by some stereotyping, but t was technically addressed in the book .

Darren Farrell
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love it. Love it. Love it. Mac B's words and Mike Lowery's art are lovely to behold. My 11 year old son fell in love with this book and finished it in time for me to read it on the beach. Everything about it is spot on and we are working our way through the series together. ...more
Kathy (Bermudaonion)
Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars

Young Mac is called by the Queen of England to help him recover some of the Crown Jewels that have been stolen.

What a fun book! As a kid, I loved detective stories and I know I would have eaten this one up. Mac is a great character who is still learning the ropes of the spy business. Of course, the story’s not realistic but it’s clever and funny and kept me engaged the whole time. I think the target audience will love this series.
Tamera Davis
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read it to my son. Cute story.
lancelot william bream ross
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bruh, fh
It a very good book when I was at school I got the impossible crime one it was funny and how do you read these books?
Sarah Hyatt
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was a delight to read aloud.
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A kid spy for the British crown doesn't have to be serious all the time, you know. Mac B. offers intrigue and mystery, but with side-splitting laughs that readers won't be able to get enough of! ...more
Sarah Johnson
Very funny for all kids. Great illustrations that will help kids who are mostly interested in graphic novels stay interested. A good recommendation for reluctant readers.
Gabrielle Sedor
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Finally, a book that doesn't bore us both to tears. Indubitibly! ...more
Mel Raschke
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Funny and entertaining.
Kaytee Cobb
This one is such fun. Reading the second one aloud now. Mac B is funny and smart and the kids are totally finding ways to bring the random history tidbits they learned from this book into real life. And they loved it, and the drawings were simple but fun. How come Wimpy Kid isn't more like this? I'd be willing to read those. ...more
Jane Maple
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Danielle Norris
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I will start by saying I am a huge Mac Barnett fan! I received this ARC at Txla this spring and placed it in my Summer TBR pile and today was the day I read it. I was not disappointed. It has all the hallmarks of a great Mac B read. It is quirky and filled with sly and offbeat humor (my favorite kind)

The premise of the book is that Mac B the author was, as a child Mac B the kid spy. He spied for Queen Elizabeth... I could stop there and i am sure you would want to read this! I swear that Barnett
Laila (BigReadingLife)
5/8/20 Second reading of this, with my son, who wanted to reread it. Still hilarious and a lot of fun! Highly recommended.

Original review: This book is great! I started reading it with my son but he finished it without me. (He really likes it!) I had to know what happened. Mac (based on the author) gets a call from the Queen of England who asks him to help her find out who stole the Crown Jewels. (We are repeatedly told that this did in fact happen, wink wink.) Anyway, she writes a note to his s
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 7pla, young-adult, fiction
this was a fantastic book it related to my life a lot i thought that the book was totally for me i think that you should really read
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
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Ms. Yingling
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

In this notebook novel, author Barnett explains to his readers what he did before he became a children's author. Because Mac is one of the better kids in his class, he gets a phone call from the Queen of England asking him to drop everything, come to England, and solve a mystery for her. She'll even write him a note for his parents and school. He visits the queen, and she tells him that a very important spoon with a lot of history was stolen from her, probably by the pre
Nov 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I struggled with the genre of these books. It is fantasy light, or maybe strange James Bond fairytale light, mixed with an awful lot of engaging illustrations, not technically a graphic novel but more graphic than most middle grade novels. This is a book for kiddos that aren't all that into reading and need a wildly, wacky adventure and a lot of illustrations to get pulled along through a longer text. (It's a very nice alternative to a pure graphic novel if you aren't a huge fan of those!)

Mac Ba
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: total-favorites
Have some zany “007” fun with “Mac B., Kid Spy.” Anything author Mac Barnett writes wows me from the get-go, but he scores five “Goldfingers” with this clever tale of espionage, illustrated by Mike Lowery.
At the onset, Barnett reveals his reason for writing the series. As a college student he was a camp counselor and would tell stories based on his experiences growing up in the 80’s — carrying out missions decreed by the Queen of England. Using this hook he kicks off his book.
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