Gabby returns as Wonder Girl in the third book of the Gabby series. When Gabby finds a mysterious photograph in her backyard, she teams up with her best friend, Super Roy, to figure out who the strange girl in the picture is. Using her magic book and the power of punctuation, Gabby and Roy must ask the right questions to solve the mystery and save the day.
Children's Book Reviews: Gabby, Wonder Girl
Publish October 4, 2016
Following the success of Gabby and Gabby, Drama Queen, author Joyce Grant and illustrator Jan Dolby deliver another word-building adventure in Gabby, Wonder Girl. Once again, Gabby and her sidekick Roy bring words to life using letters from Gabby’s magical alphabet book. This time they must also solve a mystery, and they discover that question marks will help them find the answers they seek. Grant uses alliteration to emphasize all the things a letter can do. For example, Roy removes a “messy M from the mud” and “adds an A around his ankle.” Grant also includes several question words to help kids grasp the use of this punctuation mark: who, where, and how are all explored. Dolby’s spunky illustrations capture Gabby’s energy: when Gabby ran “so fast she was practically a blur” her legs are replaced with a spiraling circle. Kids who are familiar with the series will recognize the expressive frog, cat, and blue bird, who can be seen throughout the book. A hedgehog appears in nearly every scene; he holds a series of letters that kids can string together to spell a secret word. Gabby, Wonder Girl is an enjoyable story that offers kids plenty of enrichment on and beyond its pages. Back matter includes activities like word scrambles and question-based games. A more comprehensive list of question words can also be found here, as can a paragraph explaining the significance of the inukshuk found in Gabby’s neighbour’s garden. Links to online resources and teacher guides are also available.