This book starts off with a bang, the language and style of Jake pulls you in. I found it is a perfectly pleasurable read, one that I can’t wait to share with my son. The book reads as if the author is talking to us and showing us the story at the same time. The movie clips kind of language with the camera angles and situations add to the charm of the book. The Case of the Cursed Dodohas very vivid visualizations and action. At the onset the author clarifies that the book is a Jungle noir – I had no idea what it was but was so glad I decided to read and review this book.
I joined Jake as he embarked on his search for the missing professor. I did not find a single dull moment in the book. This story has everything right from action, suspense, thrills, mystery and romance. For a story about animals that are endangered this book makes for a fun read. The various animals and how they are described are so funny and endearing. The writing is so good that I found it so easy to visualize a serenading Hippo and a scared Elephant riding a rickshaw!!
This book is for the young readers yet it keeps everyone enthralled. How the animals live and try to survive in the world where poachers and traders are in cahoots with some slimy animals. The plot is well laid out, very clear and has a few surprises at turns.
The language is effortless and the narration flawless. The emotions, struggles, confusion and arguments all add to the story and keep the reader reeled into the story. Finding the suitcase, the professor and where does the Dodo figure in this story make for a fun read.
A perfect book for book lovers and animal lovers so I think the author got the world covered!!
The Case of the Cursed Dodo (The Endangered Files, #1)
by Jake G. Panda
If you’re looking for trouble, you’ve found it. The name’s Jake G. Panda, and trouble seems to follow me wherever I go. I work in the protection racket at a flophouse for endangered critters called the Last Resort. I’m the hotel snoop. The resident fuzz. It’s my job to keep these guests safe and outta harm’s way. This is the first of my many misadventures. A wild and woolly mystery involving a lost suitcase, a green bird, and a bunch of double-crossing animals. I’m calling this jungle noir The Case of the Cursed Dodo.
This hilarious first installment of The Endangered Files follows Jake, a hardboiled panda detective, and an unusual cast of endangered creatures on a globe-trotting adventure that will appeal to young and old alike.
Jake G. Panda is a hard-nosed bear investigator. He likes bamboo and saving endangered animals. He is the author of The Endangered Files, a mystery series about his misadventures in the protection business.
His partner in crime, the fella who helps write these books because, let’s be honest, it’s not easy typing with big, clunky bear paws, resides somewhere in New England. He has written his fair share of stuff, mostly for the big screen. And some of it has actually been projected. He likes to keep a low profile and lets Jake do all the talking.
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