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[Following is a volunteer review of "Cat Detectives in the Korean Peninsula" by R.F. Kristi.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Cat Detectives in the Korean Peninsula by R.F. Kristi is the eighth book in the Diary of a Snoopy Cat- the Inca Cat Detective Series. It is amazing how great a book this is, the characters seem unlikely for the kind of story, but the author makes it work beautifully. The authors love for animals is evident in all 120 pages.

Inca introduced herself in the beginning; she describes herself as a super-cat detective. As she narrated the story, she sounded bold and in control as she talked about her detective agency that consists of her brother, Fromage, her Siamese sister, Cara, Terrance (the dog), and her other friends, Monk and Polo, and how they solve crime together. She also talks about how her human mom was invited to Korea to be a judge in an international cooking competition by Le Cordon Bleu, which had both North and South Korean participants. This event also had other agendas like peacekeeping between the two Korean nations. If this trip didn’t happen, she probably may have never met Baram or even heard of Bo-Mi and all the adventures that took place after that would not have happened. What new challenges will Inca and her team face in an unfamiliar country?

Immediately I saw a cat in a Hanbok I knew I was going to read it. I liked that there was a family tree of the characters and all in the first few pages; it gives a summary of the household and an introduction of the characters. From the beginning, I liked Inca’s; she never avoided challenges, she always tried to stay positive, and she was self-confident. The relationship between Baram (a dog) and Bo-Mi (a cat) was skilfully portrayed.

I enjoyed the author’s writing style, for example, the description of the Siberian Tiger’s painting, the play on words like “purrrfect”, I found myself smiling on multiple occasions. I like how Inca knew her heritage/ancestry; this can be used by parents as a reference when explaining things like these to kids. I discovered that there were so many lessons to learn from neatness to teamwork, peace, the importance of family kindness, healthy competition, loyalty, and genuine friendship. The representation of the Korean culture was impressive, I could see the beauty of the country, and I was pleased. I like that this book feels like a subtle political statement calling for peace amongst nations. There were so many things I liked about this book, no dislikes at all.

From the beginning, I could already see editing, spacing, and text on top text errors. I am not sure if this is particular to my copy only, but it was quite a lot. That said, it wasn’t too distracting, and the errors found can be corrected with proper editing. I will recommend that although this is a children’s book, parents should read it to younger kids as it can be confusing to them because of the errors, and they might not get the message. I will also recommend this to adults who would like to take baby steps in experiencing other countries and cultures. I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars because there are so many good messages that kids will benefit from, but I had to deduct a star because of the errors I found.

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I have read this book. I really like how you reviewed this book. Great review!

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Anthony__ wrote: ↑
13 Apr 2019, 17:56
I have read this book. I really like how you reviewed this book. Great review!
Thank you so much.

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This kind of imagination is so captivating. I have also written a review on this book and I really enjoyed reading this book. I found the personification of the cats so hilarious. Thanks for your interesting observations.
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It's really unfortunate that there were so many issues. Otherwise it seems like an excellent book.

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I just finished reading this book and I love how you've picked up several details from the book like how Inca's family tree can be used to teach the child about their own family tree! Thank you for the interesting review! :)
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chiefsimplex wrote: ↑
15 Apr 2019, 16:34
This kind of imagination is so captivating. I have also written a review on this book and I really enjoyed reading this book. I found the personification of the cats so hilarious. Thanks for your interesting observations.
I agree, the authors imagination was impressive. Thank you.

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What a purrrfect review! Its unfortunate that a children's book has errors. Hope the author rectifies.
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Delaney35 wrote: ↑
15 Apr 2019, 20:42
It's really unfortunate that there were so many issues. Otherwise it seems like an excellent book.
It sure is a good book for what it is worth. Thank you.

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labibliofile wrote: ↑
16 Apr 2019, 02:26
I just finished reading this book and I love how you've picked up several details from the book like how Inca's family tree can be used to teach the child about their own family tree! Thank you for the interesting review! :)
Thank you for stopping by and noticing my points, I did found those aspects of the book useful.

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This is a really nice review. I will love to read this book though the numerous errors can be very discouraging.

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This sounds like a wonderful book for children to read or to be read to. I hope the author cleans up the errors soon. Thanks for a wonderful review!

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I agree with so many of the points you highlight in your review. The author's love for cats, the numerous values she teaches through her characters, and the lovely descriptions enrich her stories. Her stories make me laugh, too! Thanks for such an enjoyable review!

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I like the travel references in this children’s book. Thanks for the review.

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I read this book on my Kindle and was disturbed by the incorrect formatting. The beautiful illustrations would sometimes appear on the wrong page. I agree that this book provides many ways to introduce educational topics to children in a fun way.

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