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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 wooll ...more
Kindle Edition, 180 pages
Published November 23rd 2014 by Woolly Family Studios
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Brenda
Jake Panda was the Last Resort hotel’s resident detective, keeping watch on the activities of the many and varied guests who were all endangered animals. When he received a phone call from his friend, the Professor who said he was in danger, it set the path for an adventure of the strangest kind.

The Professor had found a suitcase in the middle of the Sahara desert; it was important he said, but he was concerned there were others after it. Jake immediately headed to the Professor’s rescue – he f
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Kirsten
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
What a fun little book! A little Sam Spade and Casablanca, endangered species, poachers, romance and danger! I really enjoyed this children's book. I loved the humor and the twists and turns in the book. It was noir but not dark noir. A great send-up of the genre.
Panda Incognito
The author of this book contacted me here on Goodreads to ask if I was interested in reading a digital copy of this book and reviewing it. Of course, I could not turn down the opportunity to read a book about a panda detective, and I enjoyed it very much. There were a lot of fun endangered animal characters and jokes, and I think that if this book had existed when I was the target age, I would definitely have been a fan.

The book is written in a film noir style, and although this could have been
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Rachel
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Jake G. Panda, private eye and protector of endangered species, discovers his friend the Professor is in trouble, he sets out to find him and solve the case of the Green Dodo. The Case of the Cursed Dodo reads like a 1940's movie script. We can clearly imagine what it would look like on the screen because it includes simple camera directions, the layout of scenes, and the specifics of character actions. Black and white grainy photos spark our imaginations further.

Cinematic-worthy descripti
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Charlotte Jain
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I had a great time reading this book.

This book is a classic-style detective novel, but with pandas and endangered animals. Our main character is Jake, a panda, endangered species, and resident detective at a hotel called Last Resort.
When a phone call between Jake and his best bud the Professor (a hare) is suddenly cut off, Jake rushes to solve the mystery and find his friend. Along the way, Jake encounters a vast array of interesting characters, all of whom are a different kind of animal.

Some of
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Bluerose's  Heart
When I heard from Jake G. Panda himself, I couldn't help but make my way over to Amazon and read a bit of the sample. It looked like such fun, and my curiosity was grabbed. It looked like something I would love, and gladly decided to make my way into the whole thing.

In this story, Jake is telling his side of things concerning the mystery surrounding a suitcase that has been found. There's plenty of danger and action that follows. I could easily hear Humphrey Bogart or even Harrison Ford as his
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Joshua Gross
I will say before I write this review that my opinion on it might be lessened by a few things: 1. It was an ebook, and I enjoy ebook format less than actual books 2. I'm 33 years old AND 3. I read it in a few bunches with lots of time in between. I might be overly critical.

I read and am reviewing this book because I was given a copy of the ebook to read. The first thing I noticed is that a lot of time and effort seem to be put into this series. It's stylish, the illustrations at each chapter are
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Brenda
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, humor
I'm always on the lookout for a book that my kiddo and I can enjoy together. The Case of the Cursed Dodo caught my eye for its engaging cover. It has a very old classic detective story feel to it, with the actual cover having an intentional distressed look that I wish you could see. The author and main character (Jake G. Panda), refers to the writing style for the story as endanger'd'scope or jungle noir, meaning the writing has a movie script feel with lines that include CUING IN, DISSOLVE TO a ...more
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
This hilarious "jungle noir" mystery features endangered animals, a panda detective, villainous snakes and shrews, and one very enigmatic green bird.
Jake G. Panda is a hotel detective who gets involved in a mystery that will lead him on an adventure across the Sahara, through Morocco, and to fabled lost cities in Asia. Following the signs of the green bird, Jake has to fight off not only poaching humans, but also back-stabbing animals willing to make a few dollars on other animals' misery.

The hu
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Mark Buxton
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The style reminds me a bit of Bruce Hale's Chet Gecko stories. The characters in this book are endangered animals, which is an interesting twist, and the story is told as though the reader is watching an old black and white movie. The characteristics of the animals are used in the plot and create some humorous mental pictures; a manatee floats on an inner tube, and a snake is tied in knots to a rickshaw. The story was easy to read and flowed nicely. The adventure, mystery, and humor made this a ...more
Maud
Feb 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Watch my full review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HPbY...

Never before have I read a jungle noir book so this was quite the experience! I really liked that we were following animals, or more precisely endangered species. It gave everything that they did a bit more of an urgency feeling. I also really liked the mystery, it was really well done! What I missed a bit in this book were characters with more depth. We got to know a lot of characters but only vaguely. I would have liked to be a
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Stargazer
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-under-12s
I loved this book and could totally see it as a movie - but the radio script audio is a fabulous format and as much for adults as kids. This would be fantastic in the classroom or on the schoolrun. Jungle Noir rocks! More Jake G Panda please!
Kathy Davie
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with a sense of humor who appreciates Sam Spade.
Recommended to Kathy by: the author, Jake G. Panda
First in The Endangered Files jungle noir mystery series for middle-grade readers with anthropomorphized animals as the characters.

I received a copy from the author.

My Take
This is way too funny. I enjoyed Panda’s take on this book as a movie, and he’s filled it with all sorts of punny bits such as “Wildlife’s Last Resort”. Yep, he’s taking on those old clichés and making them work *more laughter*

Oh, lord, imagining Jake showing the Professor’s picture around the bazaar was another crack-up. I di
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Freya
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
I’ve been listening to audio books for two years now and yet this is the first time I've experienced a book like The Case of the Cursed Dodo. This book is a full production with multiple voice actors, sound effects and background score. It was like listening to a movie, and in my mind I could see it all in vivid technicolour.

A mystery thriller, The Case of the Cursed Dodo starts off with Jake G Panda, the in-house detective at 'Wildlife’s Last Resort' receiving a call that gets cut-off mid-conve
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Susan
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute, cuddly, & educational - The Case of the Cursed Dodo by Jake G. Panda This was so cute! It’s got some detective noir feel to it with the period phrases but none of the real violence since this is for kids. There’s humor all over the place; you can’t help tripping over it. As a biologist, I loved seeing all the endangered animals, like the macaroni penguin, tucked into the story.
Jake Panda was a fun detective, trying to be all tough and grumpy and yet sweet talking his bamboo plant. I ke
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Susan
This was so cute! It’s got some detective noir feel to it with the period phrases but none of the real violence since this is for kids. There’s humor all over the place; you can’t help tripping over it. As a biologist, I loved seeing all the endangered animals, like the macaroni penguin, tucked into the story.

Jake Panda was a fun detective, trying to be all tough and grumpy and yet sweet talking his bamboo plant. I kept picturing him in a hat and trench coat even though he doesn’t wear a hat. Wh
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Lynn Reynolds
If you could sum up The Case of the Cursed Dodo in three words, what would they be?

Surprising, Fun, Animals

Who was your favorite character and why?

I can't say that I have one favorite character with this one. All of them are needed in order to have this great story come together. They all make the scenes flow from one to another.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Sadly I have not listened to any of them before. But this is an ensemble
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~ Rose ~ ☯Desert Rose❀
*Be sure to check out my blog post for this book, featuring an audio excerpt!

My Review
5 Roses

Fifties style drama, with endangered animals as the cast. Epic.

Zootopia meets Film-Noir, as we follow a tough detective, who happens to be a panda bear. As he searches for his hare-napped friend, he stumbles into a poaching scandal, and has to get him and his friends to safety, before he ends up someone's bear-skin rug. Filled with puns and inside jokes you can't miss, this story holds an old-time kind of comedy, thrown
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Martha
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun story of animals – good for children and adults! My rating 4.25.

Jake G. Panda is a bold wildlife investigator. He cares about the people/critters he lives with at the Last Resort, a hotel where endangered species gather. Jake is quick to set out to investigate when one of the hotel guests calls in while on exploration and the call is cut off.

Jake races off to foreign lands to rescue the Professor, a rare Hispid hare. Jake soon finds himself and a few friends tricked and captured. A
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Megan (ReadingRover)
What a great idea for how to format a children’s book!!! This audiobook was wonderfully entertaining. The jungle noir style was so unique for a book like this and I think kids who listen to it will enjoy it immensely. On top of the mystery there are also many different endangered species introduced along with some facts about each. This is also great for kids. At a few points there were a lot of characters bustling around at which could get overwhelming but I wouldn’t really say it took away fro ...more
Dawn
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jake G. Panda. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

What a fun book to listen to! Jake Panda is a detective in the business of protecting endangered species. He may look like a cuddly panda, but he's more of a hardboiled detective,  the animal version of Philip Marlowe, Sam Spade, or Mike Hammer. 

This is a fun way to introduce young readers/l
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Emmy
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
(Audiobook)

A dynamic treat! This audio included a full cast of performers, sound effects, and music. It was similar to listening to a play.
The characters were ... lolz characters within themselves! Very enjoyable and lively! Very upbeat and riddled with jokes and easy humour.
I absolutely LOVED it and am excited to share it with my infant granddaughters when they get older.
A deep and genuine thank you to the authors and narrators for providing me with this, at my request. It's a gift that wil
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Kristine Hall
The Case of the Cursed Dodo is engaging from the get-go. The tone is set in the initial lines, where the narrator tells listeners that we are hearing the unfolding of a script of a long forgotten movie – of the jungle noir type, of course.

Kids and adults alike will love this action packed, hilarious story that feels like a Dick Tracy story, but with more cheesy jokes. Author Jake Panda enjoys his plays-on-words and literary devices – and this book is pure gold for an English teacher to use in th
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Carol Evans
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I listened to the full cast audio of The Case of the Cursed Dodo. I am not used to listening to books with more than one, or at most two, narrators, so it did take me a chapter or two to get into the groove of it. It was an interesting set-up though. The book is written in kind of a screen play style, so on audio it felt like you were listening to an old-style radio show, which was pretty neat.
I liked the characters, all endangered species, and the hotel that serves as the base of operations. Ja
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Suzanne
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-kid-lit
Readers who are fans of film noir will have an enjoyable time following Jake G. Panda on his first publicized case. Jake is a hotel detective at Wildlife's Last Resort, which caters to endangered animals of all sorts. When his friend the Professor (a hispid hare), is kidnapped in the middle of a phone call to Jake, the furry detective sets out to find his missing friend and stumbles into a much bigger problem than he counted on. The case is packed with shady characters, double-crosses, undergrou ...more
Pop Bop
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
A Very Clever Approach; Well Executed

There are a lot of appealing aspects to this book, but mostly it's just fun to find a book that adds a few new spins to the early middle grade adventure/mystery.

First off, the book is set up in a classic noir style. I like noir tributes. This book isn't a parody, (which I also find entertaining), and it plays straight with the form. There seem to be more and more variations on that theme coming out for middle graders. Some employ human middle school characte
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Becky B
Jake the Panda is the resident private eye for The Last Resort, a refuge for endangered animals. One day, Jake gets a call from his friend the Professor. The Professor claims he has found something very interesting in Morocco, but before he can say more the phone line goes dead. Jake quickly gets over to Morocco to find out what happened to the Professor and figure out what the Professor found. Jake has to evade poachers and several other parties who are very interested in the Professor’s find. ...more
MrsK Books
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As the case begins, Jake is in his "caged" office in the deep Moroccan forest:
"How'd I get in this jam?
It has somethin' to do with a lost suitcase,
a green bird, and a bunch of double-crossing animals."

It all began in a "little joint" called the Last Resort where Jake works as the hotel "snoop" (the go-to guy, you know the detective that protects the occupants and anything valuable). "Protection" is his business and everyone knows to go to his office, Room 618.

On this day, Jake receives a postcar
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Patricia Hamill
The Case of the Cursed Dodo is a rather unique read mixing the feel of an old mystery detective show with endangered animal rights activism. Jake the panda is a detective based in the Last Resort, a hotel for endangered animals. A phone call from a friend in trouble sets him on the path of both a kidnapping and an unsolved mystery.

The story is interesting and well-edited. The approach taken to tell the story is unique, more like watching a movie than reading a book. Everything is organized in sc
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Grampy
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“The Case of the Cursed Dodo: A Jungle Noir” features the hard-boiled Jake G. Panda, in his role as the resident Hotel Detective at the exclusive Wildlife’s Last Resort hotel. An actual panda, Jake’s investigatory skills are soon put to the test when his old friend, the Professor, a hispid hare, is snatched from a Moroccan phone booth while telling Jake about a suitcase he found in the Sahara desert. What follows is virtually a movie script for an old-fashioned detective noir movie.

Targeted for
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Jake G. Panda is a wildlife investigator. A hardboiled Winnie-the-Pooh. 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
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