By Mordecai Richler
Illustrated by Norman Eyolfson
137 Pages + Ages 6-10
Published in 1995 By McCelland & Stewart Inc.
Jacob is called Jacob Two-Two because people don’t always hear what he says -so he says it twice! The story takes place in Montreal Canada. When Jacob’s headmaster from Privilege House (his school) retires, mean Mr I.M. Greedyguts takes over. Now the kids must suffer by eating really awful and terrible meals while Mr. I.M. Greedyguts gets tasty, wonderful, simply sweet food. After awhile Jacob Two-Two couldn’t take it any more he went to Mr. Dinglebat, Master Spy, for help. Then X. Barnaby Dinglebat tells Jacob how to do the work of a spy. Pretty soon Jacob Two-Two goes undercover to spy on Mr. I.M. Greedyguts and figure out why the food is so bad without having his cover blown! Can Jacob and his friends save the students from having to eat bad food? Read the book to find out!
This is a great, comedy book. It has a whole chapter that is a mirror code message (it’s backwards, so if you don’t have a mirror at your house, go somewhere you can get one). Someone gave this book to me and I’m happy I read it! I would read others in the series. I found that the book was pretty easy to read and it was nice that there was no bad language or violence in it -so it is a good choice for young advanced readers. I really liked the illustrations, especially Jacobs hair.
This is just one book in a series of three Jacob Two-Two books written by Mordecai Richler. The other books are “Jacob Two-Two and the Dinosaur” and ”Jacob Two-Two meets the Hooded Fang”. There is another book “Jacob Two-Two on the high seas” that was written by Cary Fagan in 2009.