From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6. Twins Tim and Verity Tibbs are joined by half-brother Mustard in this companion fantasy adventure to The Owlstone Crown (Atheneum, 1983; o.p.). On Other Earth, animals communicate with humans and the magnificent Moonflower produces limitless nectar. As the children are enjoying a picnic, giant honeybees swoop down, abducting young Mustard. Are they from the fabled April Fool Isle, home of Meadea, queen of the bees, and a legendary eagle? When a ransom note arrives from Meadea demanding exclusive rights to the Moonflower's nectar, Grandfather Tibbs recruits detective Lewis Ladybug to crack the case, while the twins gather clues. Accompanied to their new boarding school by their bodyguard, a Kodiak bear, the duo discovers that Headmaster Drone and Mademoiselle Stinger are teaching bee-like subjects, including nectar-straining and hive-building. Once Tim and Verity uncover the bee-stly kidnapping plot, they escape to April Fool Isle, where they are aided by the enormous bird. They use its invisibility oil to enter Queen Meadea's hive undetected, rescue Mustard, and (whew!) vanquish the evil Drone. Narrated by Tim, with occasional comments from Verity, the story conveys the immediacy of high adventure. Marvelously colorful characterization combines with a dangling-by-a-fraying-rope plot to create humor, tension, and interest. An enticing fantasy for youngsters, and a captivating read-aloud for anyone, everyone.?Sarabeth Kalajian, Venice Public Library, FL
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From Kirkus Reviews
Kennedy's companion to The Owlstone Crown (1983) is set once again in Other Earth, the Land of the Moonflower. Giant killer bees want sole rights to the moonflower nectar. When Grandfather Tibb refuses their request, they kidnap his grandson, Mustard, and carry him off to their lair on April Fool Isle. Grandfather Tibb puts Lew Ladybug, private eye, on the case and packs Mustard's twin brother and sister, Tim and Verity, off to boarding school where he thinks they'll be safer. A brown bear named Fardels goes along as bodyguard. But it doesn't take the twins long to figure out that the whole school is run by killer bees, and a huge swarm plans to invade on parents' day, imprisoning all the humans. They need to clear out and rescue Mustard pronto. Traveling in a little blue blimp, the twins and Fardels reach April Fool Isle safely, but the plot thickens when a huge invisible eagle kidnaps Verity, insisting she baby-sit for its eaglets. Now Tim has two rescues to perform. Readers who only know Kennedy by his inventive verse will be delighted to find this novel, with its unusual characters, humorous dialogue--especially from the tough-talking ladybug--calamitous plot twists, and mounting tension. Like its predecessor, it's an original and fast-paced fantasy. (Fiction. 8-12) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.