Meet Dino Detective and Awesome Possum: the sister-and-brother duo who are on the hunt for the next big case! Designed to engage early readers, this story combines charming characters with simple text, lively illustrations, and laugh-out-loud humor to help boost kids' confidence and create lifelong readers!
By veteran author-illustrator Tadgh Bentley comes a new series, chronicling the misadventures of a dynamic detective duo. When Grandma Thunderclaps's pizza is found with all the pepperoni missing, who's to blame? Dad's been at work, Grandma's a strict vegetarian, and everyone knows Plant couldn't be the culprit... So with a thirst for the truth, and a hunger for justice (and pizza), our heroes are on the case!
With full-color illustrations on every page, this humorous story is perfect for kids just beginning to read on their own. The short chapters, early vocabulary, and amusing illustrations make reading easy and fun! Exciting, easy-to-read books are the stepping stone a young reader needs to bridge the gap between being a beginner and being fluent.
The first step a reader of this book needs to take is acceptance that a dinosaur and possum (not opossum) are brother and sister, with a centaur for a grandma. The color illustrations are great and the mystery is decent (though I personally was frustrated by a cliffhanger of sorts with the side story). I loved the parts where the plant was narrating. A cute and silly mystery for younger readers.
This was super cute! I like the side commentary from Plant. Definitely adds more humor to the story. Some of the sentences seem a bit long for an early chapter book but the words and structure are still simple enough that I don't think kids would have a problem with it. The trickiest thing would be the asides by Plant and the notes sprinkled through the book. However, if a child doesn't read them I don't think they will really miss much from the overall story- they just help to enrich it.
I received an eARC courtesy of Penguin & Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.
This is ridiculous and nonsense. And kids will love it. Not only do you have siblings, a dinosaur and possum, rocking it as a a very inept detective duo, but you also have a houseplant offering commentary and judgment about them the whole time. Not much in here follows logic, but it is just the kind of silly fun that kids will enjoy. The illustrations are also a lot of fun.
For libraries: This is definitely a series to take a chance on.
This is the first book in the series and it's a good start. I enjoyed the characters and the story, but the mystery of the mice and the lunch lady was left unresolved! I wanted to know the end of that mystery too. Kids will probably still enjoy this book though and want to continue the series.