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The Case of the Cursed Dodo by Jake G Panda

Title: The Case of the Cursed Dodo (The Endangered Files Book 1) Cursed Dodo

Author: Jake G Panda

Publisher: Woolly Family Studios

Published: December 10th, 2014

Rating: 4/5

This is definitely a different style of book – I’ve never read one presented in quite this way before! It reads as though you are seeing one of the old film noir crime dramas from after the Second World War – but with all the characters actually being animals! It has a cynical hero, an intricate plot and describes the shots, setting, has flashbacks, all reminiscent of that genre.

The hero in this instance is Jake G. Panda, the detective at the Last Resort hotel for endangered animals. He’s cynical but keen to do his job. When he receives a post card then telephone call from his friend, the Professor, who promptly disappears that’s the cue for Jake to go off to solve the mystery of where he’s gone! There’s a mysterious suitcase, poachers, a statuette, double crossing critters and new friends to help him in his quest. It is humorously told and will entertain both young and old. You’ll learn more endangered animal names as you read this but watch out, you’re never quite sure who to trust in this animalistic quest which has lots of unexpected events and encounters to keep it pacy and riveting.

There are illustrations at the beginning of each chapter. Children who are more able readers will probably thoroughly enjoy reading this book independently. However, the book could easily be read by a teacher to interest pupils in endangered animals, detectives, writing a mystery/detective story, film making, stage instructions, voiceovers  and even just for fun! The characters are clearly defined with definite personalities, strengths and weaknesses which are superbly portrayed by the writing. There are many different settings used, all of which are well described to help the reader feel they can visualise the film actually being viewed rather than just being read about in a story.

A great read and something totally different! I look forward to reading more in this series which also think will appeal to independent readers in primary school!

Thanks to the author for letting me read a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book is available from a variety of sources including

amazon.co.uk    amazon.com     barnes and noble

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