My son read this book when he was seven or eight and loved it! He loved that the kids solved several mysteries. It was full of exciting events, but was NOT scary. It was funny and exciting. He couldn't wait for the second Clive Cussler book for kids to come out. He has read the second book too (Hotsy Totsy) and found it as terrific as the first. He has re-read The Adventures of Vin Fiz because he loved it so much. We recommend this book highly to kids.
It has an AR reading level of 5.9, frankly, I think a 5th or 6th grader would be bored, it is more for 2nd or 3rd graders. Kind of like "Magic Tree House", I don't think the characters are very well developed. I don't think they ever stopped for fuel.
Ten-year-old twins Lacey and Casey Nicefolk live on a tiny herb farm in California, wishing they could see the world . . . but how, when times are so hard? That is where Sucoh Sucop comes in (you may notice his name is Hocus Pocus spelled backward).The mysterious man leaves the twins a magic box that can transform any toy into a life-sized reality. Soon Casey and Lacey, and their faithful hound Floopy, are soaring cross-country through the sky in the enchanted Vin Fiz, Caseys model of a Wright Brothers biplane.Yet the ride is not a smooth one. The twins encounter danger after danger, and must rescue a town held captive by gold-hungry bandits, not to mention a runaway train full of terrified passengers! An old-fashioned adventure full of magic and heroism that will take young readers on a journey not soon forgotten.
Reading level: Ages 9-12