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Wednesday 22 March 2017

Review: Zoo Boy and the Jewel Thieves

Vince, the Zookeeper’s son, has a special gift. He can talk to the animals in the zoo that backs onto his house.

Mrs Footlecrannoch (there are lots of words like this) has been robbed of all her expensive jewellery. There is a reward. Vince overhears, and is determined to find the culprit and reap the reward of as much Swiss roll as he can eat.

But this sleuth cannot work alone. He interviews and enlists animals from the zoo that have specific talents ideal for such a project. So the role of lookouts and sidekicks are quickly filled.
Can Vince and his team of sleuths find the robber, regardless of the severe lack of evidence? Only then can the shadow that’s been cast over Vince’s gran be lifted.

This is cleverly written, funny, and entertaining. Filled with rhyming songs, clever word play and language, the story skips along quickly. Short chapters keep the pages turning. Fantastic fine line illustrations in black pen add humour and interest to the mesmerising text and ideally depict the cast of terrific characters. The end papers are a priceless collection of images of all the human and animal participants.

It carries the important themes of friendship, self confidence, family, and how things can look one way, but turn out to be entirely different.

Title: Zoo Boy and the Jewel Thieves
Author: Sophie Thompson
Illustrator: Rebecca Ashdown
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, $12.99
Publication Date: 22 February 2017
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780571325207
For ages: 8+
Type: Picture Book