Title: Fabio the World’s Greatest Flamingo Detective- The Case of the Missing Hippo
Author: Laura James
Genre: Age range 6-9 years, Fun & Lighthearted Fantasy
Length: 144 pages
Summary from Goodreads
In a small town on the banks of Lake Laloozee lives the world’s greatest flamingo detective. His name is Fabio. He’s not tall or strong, but slight and pink. And he’s very, very clever.
When Fabio and his giraffe associate Gilbert (terrible at disguises) drop in to the Hotel Royale for a lemonade (pink, naturally), Fabio is persuaded to judge the hotel’s talent contest. But when the most promising contestant – Julia the jazz-singing hippopotamus – goes missing, Fabio must put his thinking cap back on and solve the mystery!
This new mystery series from Laura James, author of Captain Pug, will have animal lovers and would-be detectives in stitches. Perfect for fans of Claude, Foxy Tales and The Pink Panther!
Fabio the Flamingo Detective: The Case of the Missing Hippo is lots of fun! This whimsical little book is sure to delight both children and adults. The mystery element is a clever and unique spin on an animal tale.
Fabio is a charming detective who is very much like Hercule Poirot, only with pink feathers and a beak. The story is both clever and engaging. This book would be a great way to introduce young readers to the mystery genre.
All of the characters are charming and well developed. Fabio is utterly charming, his sidekick Gilbert is endearing, and I particularly liked the The General, who is a woman in uniform. Even the secondary characters such as the vultures and the judges are depicted by both the author and the illustrator with a great deal of heart.
The stylistic elements of this book are eye catching and incredibly pleasing. The entire book utilizes only three colors: lime green, neon pink, and shades of grey. The vibrant hues are certain to grab the attention of both children and adults. After receiving this book from the publisher, I left it lying on my kitchen table for a few days before I had the chance to read it. Everyone who came to visit couldn’t resist picking it up and flipping through the pages of this cozy little mystery. Even my husband was impressed by the book’s design.
I highly recommend Fabio the Flamingo Detective for families, independent readers, and anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries with a whimsical twist
Note: I received a free paperback copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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