- File Size: 18531 KB
- Print Length: 67 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Gecko Books; 2 edition (August 18, 1993)
- Publication Date: August 18, 1993
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007X5T2FE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,872,956 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs Kindle Edition
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This book is part of a series. Although this is my first read, I would explore reading the others. I heartily recommend this book for middle-grade readers, reluctant readers, and mystery lovers. Clever characters and crisp dialogue keep the story interesting. Enjoyable for readers of all ages.
My only minor complaint is the price, which I assume is due to the book being printed in color. But most of the illustrations are black and white, and I think even the color ones would have looked good in graytone. In the end, suspect the book could sell for a third of the price if it weren't printed in color.
That minor quibble aside, I'd recommend Leon Chameleon to adults and children alike. The biggest question is --- which of my friends and family should I lend it to first?
The rest of this review appears at Ian Wood's Novellum.
The main character, Leon Chameleon, is cool, calm and collected. He never panics or rushes to judgment. As a private investigator, he observes a crime scene very carefully to discover clues. In this particular book in the series, the crime being investigated involves Mrs. Canary’s three missing eggs.
The descriptions in this book are wonderful. While remaining true to their animal counterparts in the real world, the characters are delightfully and humorously portrayed. For example, a chameleon is the perfect animal to play the role of private investigator in this series. The following passage describes this quite well: “...Leon peered down, looking for the source of the commotion. His eyes, which sat on the end of bulging conical turrets, swivelled like searchlights. He could look backwards with one eye and forwards with the other, both at the same time. That was why he was so good at finding things. He was the best private eye in Pigeon Valley.”
Another animal perfectly suited to its role in the book is Constable Mole who helps Leon Chameleon with the investigation. This quote about him is perfect: “Mole worked underground. He did wonderful work, but it was always a problem finding him.”
The author’s extensive knowledge of animals and her tremendous skill at weaving that information into an entertaining book for children is impressive. This is a book that both children and adults can enjoy reading together.