TITLE: Ah-Fur, Super Sleuth: The Case of The Missing Moggies
AUTHOR: Debra Clewer
ILLUSTRATOR: Kym Langfield
PUBLISHER: Morris Publishing, 2022
SYNOPSIS: When expert Persian cat detective, Ah-Fur, answers an urgent call on his special orders phone in his Australian office, he knows trouble is afoot.
The Australian Prime Minister, Martin Bigcheese, is on the line. The English Prime Minister, Ivor Bighouse has lost two cats. His ginger cat Winston, and his tabby Ponzie, have disappeared in London. One from his office at 10 Downing Street and one from his country residence.
Put on a special flight to England, Ah-Fur and his cousin, Show-Fur, plan the investigation and go through their list of subjects. Ah-Fur thinks he knows who did this dastardly deed. But is he right?
Join their adventures as they track the kidnappers in a country strange to them.
WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : I have to begin this review with the acknowledgment that I don’t usually read or review this type of children’s book. Detective stories are not usually my thing, but I wanted to give this book a try. A few things, like the fact it’s written from an Australian language/dialect viewpoint caused me some reading confusion. There was also a bit too much “telling” over “showing” for my tastes, and occasionally a bit of overexplaining what the reader should be able to figure out on their own through a strong story. Those personal preferences aside, THE CASE OF THE MISSING MOGGIES does manage to provide young readers with a cute who-done-it adventure where Ah-Fur and his cousin Show-Fur travel to a foreign country in the hopes of recovering some important kidnapped kitties. Author, Debra Clewer, has written a nice story that would make a cute addition to many libraries!
RATING: ***3 Stars ***
1 star…probably not worth your time.
2 stars…there are some things to like, but could elements have been stronger.
3 stars…this story will appeal to some readers but others might find it lacking something.
4 stars…strong story, nice illustrations, and should grab the attention of many readers.
5 stars…superbly written story, stellar illustrations, a must addition to any book lovers’ collection!
Jack is afraid of the THING in the closet. Monty is afraid of the LUMP in the bed. One day boy and monster both decide they no longer want to fear what hides in the dark. Both have a plan, but will be surprised by what they discover after A BUMP IN THE NIGHT.
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Hybrid published author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of flash fiction, children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna offers occasional BOOK NOOK REVIEWS of great children’s books and offers WRITERLY WISDOM to new and established writers. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Alliance of Independent Authors, and Children’s Book Insider. Donna loves dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection.
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