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Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 3: The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant (Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Book 3) (Volume 3) Paperback – August 7, 2016
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Another winner for the prolific writer
Reviewed by children's author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
- Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant is the third book in the Davey & Derek: Junior Detectives series, written by Janice Spina and illustrated by John Spina. While celebrating their eleventh birthday at the Pizza Palace, Davey and Derek Donato's festivities are suddenly interrupted when restaurant staff discover a would-be thief breaking into their gaming machines. The twins later visit their Aunt Gigi, where they learn the story of Tamba - the beloved elephant of an African village, which died after living a full life. Aunt Gigi's living room is filled with mementos of her visit to Africa, including a magical elephant figurine, carved from the elephant's ivory tusk in honor of Tamba's incredible life. On returning home, Davey and Derek find Peter Reynolds - the party-crasher from their pizza party - waiting at their front gate. Peter asks for the twins' assistance regarding the theft of an ivory figurine from the local museum - carved from the same tusk as Aunt Gigi's figurines. With so many suspects to choose from, all with alibis, Davey and Derek are pushed to the limit, trying to solve the case.
Janice Spina's adventurous tale of twins just coming into their magical powers is one of excitement, suspense and mystery. With each chapter's header carrying its own unique illustration, the story is one which can easily be enjoyed by children and adults alike. No stone is left unturned as Davey and Derek are given all the tools they need in order to fully investigate the case. Many exciting surprises are brought to light in The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, with more and more magical characters being disclosed as the story progresses. Having read all three of the Davey and Derek novels, I find myself being lured into the story more and more, almost as if ... by magic! I thoroughly enjoyed The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, and recommend it to readers of all ages who enjoy the fun, thrill and adventure of two gumshoe detectives, each of whom has the world of magic at their fingertips, whilst trying to solve the most difficult of cases.
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Davey and Derek learn the history and story of Aunt Gigi's ivory elephant and discover some of this figurines magic. They are concerned for the safety of this figurine when they hear that a similar type of figurine has been stolen from the local museum. Certain local boys seem to be implicated in the crime and when a school peer asks the twins to help solve the case, Davey and Derek are thrilled to oblige. The boys embark on an exciting adventure to unwind the clues relating to the case, with some help and some confusion being provided by their magic books birthday gifts.
I would recommend this book for middle school children. My rating is five out of five stars.
Their aunt Gigi, she has special powers, had just showed them a ivory elephant figurine the day before with something really special. Has it powers? Did it moved?
Now to solve this case, they again asked Cat and their aunt to help with the case.
And soon, yes, what will they find out? Well, you have to get the book to find out.
A brilliant story for children with a sense of adventure.
1. Janice Spina is a very creative writer who takes risks. From the beginning, she plunges the readers into the thrilling adventure.
2. The “Davey and Derek” series is for middle grade readers, and the author executes them perfectly.
3. The life lessons throughout the book teach kids about empathy, kindness, respect, and teamwork.
4. Through her artistic writing, the author delivers not only the lessons, but also infuses the captivating scenery on each page.
With that said, the readers are sent off to follow two brothers, the self-made young detectives, to solve the mystery of a magical elephant that has vanished from the museum. The burglary happened at a local museum and the twins use their special talents. However, those aren’t enough to crack the mystery, and as in Book 1 and 2, Davey and Derek solve this mysterious enigma with the help of their gifted Aunt Gigi and their best friend, aka as Cat.
As in the first two books, Book 3 is full of thrilling turns and twists, conspiracy and enthusiasm, logical thinking and good fellowship.
With style and poise, Janice Spina has beautifully engaged young children in her great new adventure. The secret of the magic mystery awaits young readers!!
Reviewed by children's author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
Another winner for the prolific writer.
A theft occurs at a local museum and Davey & Derek decide to use their talents to find the answers to the burglary.
Full of magic and mystery, intrigue and excitement. Such a cute story!
Janice has a theme throughout her book and that is to teach kids how to be polite, kind, and sensitive to other's feelings.
This is the third in a series of books that she has written and can be enjoyed by itself or as a complete set. Give your child the gift of reading!