Bubba and Squirt's City of Bones -- Book Review & Giveaway


Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I am working with Sherry Ellis and The Children's Book Review to bring you this post and giveaway.

Today I get to share a fun short mystery book for the early middle grades. It is the third book in a series of books and to be honest I want to read the fourth book now because it ends on a cliff hanger!! The book is Bubba and Squirt's City of Bones by Sherry Ellis. It is recommended for ages 8+ and since this post is part of The Children's Book Review Book Tour for it there is a giveaway at the end!

About the Book:

Bubba and Squirt’s City of Bones Written by Sherry Ellis

Ages 8+ | 104 Pages 
Publisher: Dancing Lemur Press | ISBN-13: 9781939844989

Publisher’s Book Summary: Bubba and Squirt are back for another rousing quest as they travel through the mysterious vortex to Paris, France. It’s another wild adventure as they track down art thieves, encounter terrifying monsters, and discover the whereabouts of their missing father.

Will they make it out alive or join the rest of the skeletons in the City of Bones?

Coming Soon: The fourth book in the series, Bubba and Squirt’s Shield of Athena, will be released on May 7, 2024, and the final book, Bubba and Squirt’s Legend of the Lost Pearl, will be released in September 2024.



Sherry Ellis is an award-winning author and professional musician who plays and teaches the violin, viola, and piano. When she is not writing or engaged in musical activities, she can be found doing household chores, hiking, or exploring the world. Ellis has previously published Bubba and Squirt’s Big Dig to China; Bubba and Squirt’s Mayan Adventure; Don’t Feed the Elephant; Ten Zany Birds; That Baby Woke Me Up, AGAIN; and That Mama is a Grouch. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

For more information about her work, she invites you to visit her website at

From Me:

We step into a world with magic in this novel. Bubba and Squirt's father is a magician and has disappeared performing a simple escape trick. They are worried about him. Bubba has a dream with his great-great-grandfather in it and tells Squirt they need to go to Paris. They go to their magic hole that takes them anywhere in the world that they need to be to solve a mystery. It takes them to the catacombs of Paris where they meet Simone and Jacques who help them on their quest though Simone keeps saying she should take them to the police. Throughout the story there are mean men that seem to show up wherever the group goes. The chapters flip back and forth between Bubba and Squirt as the narrator. 

The story is well written and pulls the readers in. Even not having read the first two books I did not feel lost in the story. Simone is the only adult in their group and behaves appropriately always wanting to care for the younger ones. She also wants to show off her city and takes them to see the Eiffel Tower as well as visit museums as that is part of the quest. It is an engaging story and gives cultural references as well. I love how we learn about the different museums and what they look like. It is a story that kids will love. I felt like I learned a bit about Paris that I did not know before. The mystery is also very interesting and pulls in the magic world. 

This is a book kids will enjoy reading on their own or reading in class as part of unit studying mysteries or Paris. It also would be interesting to study about the catacombs and look at what they were and are used for. To go with this book I would suggest a study of Paris and perhaps a Paris-themed craft. I have shared some previously here


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Bubba and Squirt's City of Bones: Book Giveaway