Video Book Review by Kids, Age 5 and 7: “I Like Mystery Fiction”

Video Book Review

What do our kid book reviewers love so much about Scooby-Doo books? In this video book review by Michael, age 5 at the time, and Edward, age 7 at the time, viewers learn that Edward likes mystery fiction, and Michael loves how silly these books are!

In the minds and hearts of these Roving Reader Leaders, silliness plus mystery fiction equals great fun!

Watch these boys discuss “Scooby-Doo and The Rock ‘N Roll Zombie” in this video:


Note that Michael is so excited he jumps up and down. The boys show their favorite page–where the Scooby gang members dress up as rock n’ roll stars. “Scooby-Doo wears fake red hair,” Michael explains.

The boys also give a little constructive criticism about this book. And the videographer jumps in and adds her two cents, noting that she doesn’t like it when the characters get tied up in Scooby-Doo books.

Michael is now 7–and still loves Scooby-Doo books. When he visits the library or bookstore–generally four or five times a week–he often heads first to the Scooby-Doo book section. That says a lot about the power of the gang’s silliness and the strong characters.

Do you know any kids who love KidLit as much as Michael and Edward? Would you like them to join the Roving Reader Leaders team? At Roving Reader Leaders, kids age 5-17 lead the KidLit conversation by reviewing kids’ books on YouTube. Subscribe to our channel here: Our Reader Leaders also conduct YouTube interviews with children’s book authors. Parents, teachers, authors and librarians can join the club and get our KidLit News at and KidLit authors can sign up for kids’ book reviews by our reader leaders! Our “Roving” Reader Leaders do their reviews in parks, gyms, taxis, museums and everywhere children can be found! Kids and teachers, please send us written and video reviews by kids! Email us at

Want to learn about how all this got started? Watch the chief of the Roving Reader Leaders on the Today Show here!

Watch Fun Kids’ Book Reviews by Kids and Join the Club!

Fun Kids' Book Reviews

Be sure to watch fun clips from our kids’ book reviews by kids!

This video, intended to introduce you to Roving Reader Leaders, includes short clips from kids’ book reviews about six fun children’s books. In addition, be sure to watch a clip in which our Reader Leader Chief interviews one of his favorite others, Laurie Sutton, author of numerous “You Choose Stories: Scooby Doo” books.

Our kid book reviewers rate and discuss The Mystery of the Aztec Tomb, Walter the Farting Dog, Good Dog, Carl, Scooby-Doo and The Rock ‘N Roll Zombie, and give a quick–and very high–rating to Magic Tree House books at the very end.

We invite comments about our kids’ book reviews by kids from teachers, librarians, parents and teens and children. You can comment in the comment section of the video, or you can comment here. We want to hear from you.

Are the kids doing a good job reviewing? What books would you like the Roving Reader Leaders to review? Do you want to know how to join the club?

At Roving Reader Leaders, our mission is to get kids actively engaged in reading, discussion and analysis in fun ways!

Teachers, parents and librarians can sign their young readers up for our club (free) and subscribe to our Free KidLit Newsletter.

Through our club, young readers take part in in-person, online and phone KidLit Chats and learn how to do book reviews and author interviews. They earn Roving Reader Leader badges and T-shirts by doing book reviews and author interviews, sending us photos, and participating in book discussions on our social media.

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Kids Lead the KidLit Discussion at Roving Reader Leaders

Reader Leaders
Reader Leaders
Chief of the Reader Leaders

At Roving Reader Leaders, young readers lead the KidLit discussion!

Our mission is to get kids actively engaged in reading, discussion and analysis in fun ways! Teachers, parents and librarians can sign their young readers up for our club (which is free) and subscribe to our KidLit newsletter (free).

Through our club, young readers take part in online KidLit Chats, learn how to do book reviews and author interviews–and earn Roving Reader Leader badges and T-shirts by doing book reviews and author interviews.

Learn about the founding members of Roving Reader Leaders here:

They include our chief, Michael, age 7, who reads and reviews books in gymnasiums, taxis, bookstores, ski lodges, libraries, and on playgrounds and city streets, and they’re posted on our YouTube Channel. He also writes the “Bash and Lucy” book series with his mom, Lisa Cohn, and helps her create audiobooks that feature his voice and the voices of his friends. He recently was honored to interview Laurie Sutton, author of many of Michael’s favorite “You Choose Stories: Scooby-Doo” books.

Reader Leader
Reader Leader Mia

Another Roving Reader Leader is Mia, a 15-year-old book lover who has been seen reviewing books with Michael in gardens, chocolate stores, on the Oregon Coast, and in her backyard! Her favorite books are Harry Potter, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Fever 1793. In addition to reading, she likes to watch movies and bake.


Reader Leaders Edward, Matthew and Adam
Reader Leaders Edward, Matthew, and Adam, with Michael

Edward, age 9, and Matthew and Adam, age 7, are brothers who are founding members of the Roving Reader Leaders. Edward reviewed “Scooby-Doo and the Phantom Cowboy” for the Roving Reader Leaders YouTube Channel. The brothers take part in many Reader Leaders events, and recently took part in book readings at two fundraisers for dogs, and provided voice-overs for Michael and Lisa’s audiobooks. Edward likes Harry Potter and Percy Jackson books, and Adam and Matthew like mysteries, fantasy and mythology. When they’re not reading and reviewing, they play basketball and soccer, sing in a choir, and take part in Boy Scout activities.


Reader Leaders Lukyan and Levko
Reader Leaders Lukyan and Levko

Lukyan, age 9, and Levko, age 7, are Ukranian Americans who can be found with their heads in books on forest logs (see photo), at the Oregon Zoo, at libraries, and in bookstores and their front yard. Their favorite books include Big Nate, Calvin and Hobbs and Captain Underpants. Like Mia, they are founding members of the Roving Reader Leaders. Levko recently helped review “The Mystery of the Aztec Tomb,” a “You Choose Stories: Scooby-Doo” book by Laurie Sutton.

Teachers, parents and librarians, you can sign your kids up for our club here:

Please send photos of kids reading and we’ll post them on our social media! These photos earn club members points toward badges! Email