2 out of 4 stars
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Cat Detectives in the Korean Peninsula by R. F. Kristi is a children’s book about a cat called Inca and her group of animals, who help unite a family that was broken due to the partition of the Korean peninsula. The writer adds many pictures in the story, while she also employs simple language to engage the attention of young readers.
The author starts by introducing Inca, the head of Inca & Company, a detective agency that solves crimes and helps people with the help of other dogs and cats. Inca’s owner, named Missy, along with her friend Solo talk about Missy’s invitation to present her invention of a delicious new cheese. She will present her cheese in a workshop in South Korea, while she is also invited as a judge in a panel that will judge a cooking competition between North and South Koreans. There, Inca and her friends meet a dog named Baram, who tells them about his long-lost cat friend, Bo-Mi. How will Inca & Company help Baram find her friend, who is stuck in North Korea?
I enjoyed a few things in this story. To begin with, I liked the simplicity of the novel, as the author avoided complex language, thereby making this book suitable for young kids. Additionally, the book was professionally edited, as I did not encounter any objective errors in the story. What I liked most about this story was that it had many wonderful illustrations, which will appeal to young children, focusing their attention on the story.
One of the things I did not like in this story was that it was very predictable and cliché. Kids may find this novel boring because of this; hence, they might not enjoy reading it. What I disliked most about this book was that it contained a lot of confusion and chaos, as the author was not able to coherently compile the story.
This story is best suited for young children who like stories with animals and some mystery. Kids at kindergarten may find the book slightly complicated, so this novel is best suited for children going to lower elementary school. Readers of all religions, including atheism may want to read this novel.
I rate this book with 2 out of 4 stars. The reasons I gave a lower rating to this book were the confusion and predictability of the text. I did not give it the lowest possible score because it was simple, professionally edited, and amazingly illustrated.
Cat Detectives in the Korean Peninsula
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