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Emil and the DetectivesEmil and the Detectives by Erich Kästner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Although I am far from childhood, I read this story to know firsthand its classic acclaim. It certainly comes alive with colorful, realistic, and memorable characters. The narrative itself is wonderfully unique, with the anonymous narrator somewhere between being within the story and being omniscient in it. The image captions display the random specifics and sidenotes of life that spark of reality. I love the honest goodness of Emil, and I believe that his character is the real moral of the story. Certainly, he is a worthwhile model for any child.

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