Third Grade Reading Challenge: Mac Undercover

Here's week four of our Third Grade Reading Challenge book blogs. Only one more to go! This week, we're talking about Mac B, Kid Spy: Mac Undercover, written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Mike Lowery. Mac Undercover is a 2020 Otter Award Nominee and is a ton of fun! Right now there are lots of ebook copies of this title available on Libby and Overdrive along with our other Reading Challenge books. Check out the Overdrive Kids page to find them!

Author Mac Barnett lives in Oakland, California. https://www.macbarnett.com/about-mac, opens a new window  

Discussion Questions 

  1. What did you like about the book? What did you NOT like about the book? 
  2. Is this book fact or fiction? 
  3. How many countries and cities does Mac visit on his mission? Did you know anything about them before you read the story? 
  4. What is the funniest part of the story? Which jokes are in the story, and which are in the art? 
  5. Did Mac B make good decisions? What would you have done instead? 
  6. Do you think you could be a spy if the Queen of England called you? Why or why not? 

Expansion Activities 

*Create a Cypher Wheel and send a secret message to a friendhttp://web.archive.org/web/20200624060654/https://www.topspysecrets.com/secret-codes-for-kids.html  

*Create a quick way to disguise yourself. Fake glasses? Dazzling yet concealing hat? Fake mustache? 

*Build your own string laser maze with yarn and painter’s tape!

If you liked Mac B, Kid Spy: Mac Undercover, you might like to read these, too:

The Impossible Crime: Read the rest of the Mac B series!

Inspector Flytrap: If you like you adventures on the ridiculous side, this is for you. 

Student Ambassador: If you like the idea of a kid being sent across the world to have adventures just like a grown -up, you’ll like this.

Mutant Rat Attack!: Dexter wants to be a skateboarding spy, but maybe saving the school from a mutant pet rat will provide just as much adventure! 

The Master Spy Handbook: This nonfiction book will give you the tips and tricks you need to become a spy yourself.

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