Review by Nisha Ward -- Diary of a Snoopy Cat

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Review by Nisha Ward -- Diary of a Snoopy Cat

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[Following is a volunteer review of "Diary of a Snoopy Cat" by R.F. Kristi.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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When young Ned and Boss the rottweiler face trouble at home, can Inca and her family solve the case? And what of Solo’s friend, Raoul? Will he be okay?

These are the main questions presented to us in the fifth book of the Inca Cat Detective series, Diary of a Snoopy Cat. When detective and family friend Solo goes off to the Himalayas to find his friend, Raoul, Inca and her family are left on their own in a neighbourhood that needs their help. Ned, a young man and resident of the area, is about to face eviction and separation from his rottweiler, Boss.

Can Inca and her family save the day? Or will the Stinky Porkster manage to throw Ned out before they can do anything?

This is the fifth book in the series and the third book that I’ve read. Going in reverse order, it’s easy to see how much the author, R. F. Kristi, has improved in the time she’s had to write these books, and it’s not like they need much improvement to begin with.

I liked Inca’s personality the most in this book. Unlike the other entries I’ve read, this one focused on her the most and how she came to be involved in Boss’ case, much less solved it. It was a great highlight into her inquisitive nature and funnily enough, her selfish streak that we didn’t get to see in the others.

Furthermore, I really liked just how much thought went into the actual mystery and how it would get solved. It’s clear that it had to be kept simple for the medium, but simplicity doesn’t mean that it was dumbed down. Rather, it was more fun and action-packed, while still being understandable for the average child.

However, I didn’t really like the art in this one. I’m not sure if it’s because of the copy I had or if this was in the actual book, but the artwork seemed compressed and not on par with the other books.

Coupled together with the numerous errors, this prevented me from giving the book a full rating for all the things I did like. As such, I’m giving it 3 out of 4 stars and a recommendation to young children who are moving on to chapter books. It’s a good place to start.

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