Penguin Random House
May 29, 2017
Random House Australia Children’s
If you’re looking for something new for your early independent readers this might be just the thing. Ignorant as I am of TV shows in the main, apparently this is based on a kids’ show of the same name. The author writes for television and also has teaching experience so clearly knows her audience.
Kid detectives and animals (vets/zoos) are very popular trends at present and this follows that appeal with a colourfully illustrated and easy to read narrative.
The twins live at an animal park which caters for creatures who are unable to survive in the wild. The arrival of two white tiger cubs is a great cause for celebration and publicity but when one of the cubs is stolen, it’s a case for the twins to crack. Enlisting the help of their Grandpa George, best friend Fred and clever pet mouse Mozart, the girls are sleuthing all over town to locate poor missing Pounce.
There are some rather cute inserts into the text of the girls’ notes on the case as well as interspersed animal facts.
All in all a useful addition to your Easy Reading collection.