Saturday, 15 September 2012

The Dog Detectives: Lost in London by Fin & Zoa (Children's, Picture book, 9/10)

May 2011, Maverick
34 pages, Paperback
Review copy

Themes: hide and seek, major London points of interest, mixture of architecture and landscape, an animal world, investigation, clues to unravel, detective work, joy of success, beautiful illustrations, fine detail, humour

Summary from Maverick
In the third book in the series Detective Jack and Deputy Poco Loco are exploring the sites of London.

London is doomed! The guardians of the city, six black ravens, have gone missing from the Tower of London. The Dog Detectives must search the streets of London and find the ravens before it is too late!

Nayuleska's thoughts
This is a perfect introduction to the London landmarks. I enjoyed how all the cast were animals. The rat riddler's punk green spiked hair made me smile. I absolutely adored the bat who started the tale, and what was even better were the bats hanging upside down in London, as two had baby bats, a tiny pink one and a tiny blue one which was uber cute and my favourite part of the book (totally unrelated to the story).

The illustrations look as though they have a canvas texture, I kept wanting to reach out and touch it.

I enjoyed the rat riddler as he provided clues for half the story. The reason this is a 9/10 is that there wasn't any logic to how the detectives came up with the idea for finding the 4th and 5th raven. I might be missing something, but I did go back over the relevant pages and still haven't got a clue.

You can find out more on Fin and Zoa's website.

Suggested read

For more an action adventure under the sea try Octonauts and the Whale Shark

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