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The Case of the Missing Hippo

(Fabio the World's Greatest Flamingo Detective #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  77 ratings  ·  22 reviews
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
Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 8th 2018 by Bloomsbury Children's Books
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Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
Such a fun chapter book! Fans of Captain Pug will love this new series - and it's a great way to get started with mysteries. The bright and vibrant illustrations by Emily Fox really make it stand out.
Jon Nakapalau
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fabio The World's Greatest Flamingo Detective! Loved this book! Great art!
Rebecca L.
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
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
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-my-bookshelf
Gorgeous, fluorescent fun :)
Sep 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Adorable little mystery, but I don't like the hot pink and electric green pages - they look neat, but are very difficult to read.
Oct 12, 2019 rated it liked it
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If only the story was as good as the fantastic illustrations and overall design of this book.
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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There is no one quite like Fabio – The World’s Greatest Flamingo – He is slightly Bizarre but has great intuition which makes him a great detective. With the assistance of his friend and associate George -a giraffe whose terrible at disguise- Fabio solves crime in a somewhat fun and quirky way, but always get to the truth. This fresh new series by Laura James is imaginative, packed full of lively and sometimes extraordinary
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fabio is a fabulous pink flamingo detective with a giraffe assistant named Gilbert. Together they solve mysteries in their small town on the banks of Lake Laloozee. But sometimes they just want to relax and get some pink lemonade at the Hotel Royale. That's what they're doing when Fabio is asked to become a judge for the hotel's first talent show. But when a singing hippo goes missing, Fabio and Gilbert go into sleuth mode to solve the case.

This story has more twists and turns than a super size
Eve beinguniquebooks
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
In this book aspiring singer Julia goes missing during Hotel Royales contest and luckily Fabio was a judge and so is on hand to crack the case.

With a clever plot twist involving the other guests we see how Julia isn't as you thought at first...

A short mystery for kids with colourful pages and a differing array of animals and personalities this is a thrilling book for kids!

Amber Webb
Fabio is a hilarious mystery solved by the zaniest animals ever. Who knows what is happening with this group, but the mystery must be solved and thank goodness Fabio is there. How exactly does a hippo go missing? The lights go out of course, but why? Kids will love this quick tale and stay engaged by solving the mystery.
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Agatha Christie reference is not lost on me - but will be totally unrecognized by 3rd and 4th grade readers. That's okay - this is a mystery that'll lead them there eventually and they are likely to remember the connection. What fun.
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This mystery is so much fun! The illustrations and color pallet are fantastic. There are a lot of characters which could get a bit confusing for early chapter book readers but I think it would be a really fun read aloud.
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great little story with the most gorgeous and vibrant set up! Fabio is a clever flamingo and along with some trusty friends he tries to solve the mystery of the missing hippo!
Amy Warren
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cute little mystery for kids..lots of colorful the artwork.
Nichola Grimshaw
Excellent short novel perfect for read aloud in Y2 or Y3. Amusing characters and a mystery to solve - the clues as to whodunnit are there if you listen carefully!

Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked the characters, especially Fabio, and the pictures are great, but I felt the clues to solve the mystery were too obscure for a children's book.
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
v. funny ...more
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous fun and very enjoyable read, what clever imagination.
Aug 30, 2019 rated it liked it
An amusing mystery starring an assortment of wild animals filling domestic roles. Beginning chapter readers will find much to enjoy.
Dec 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Entertaining read. I got confused a couple times but could see the kid appeal. I tried to guess whodunit and bet the kids will too.
Oh, how I wish that the illustrations had been included in the ARC I got from NetGalley. The story was fine but I think the pictures might have upped my rating.
Violet, the niece of a local hotel owner, is trying to get the hotel some more business by holding a talent show. One of the judges catches a bad cold so Fabio is asked to step in. During the tryouts, the lights go out and a hippo singer disappears. Fabio is immediately on the case. It takes a race at the nearby athletic event to put him
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Laura James worked on projects including Veronica Guerin and Slumdog Millionaire before signing herself up for Bath Spa’s MA in Writing for Young People. The adventures of Pug are based on the antics of her very own adventurous dogs, Brian and Florence. Laura lives in the West Country.

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