4 out of 4 stars
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Cat Detectives in the Korean Peninsula by R. F. Kristi is a children’s book. It is the eighth book in the Cat Detective series. It has 119 delightful pages filled with Inca, the Siberian kitty, and her family and friends. The cats travel to South Korea for a cookery competition, where Missy, the cat’s humanoid mom, is one of the judges. The competition is organized by Cordon Bleu Cookery, a reputed French cookery school.
Inca and her friends Clara, Fromage, Charlotte, and Terrance accompany Missy and Solo to South Korea. There, they meet the tour guide and translator, Ye-Jun, and his pet dog, Baram. There’s a challenging case waiting for Inca and company in South Korea. It involves the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).
The book is informative and entertaining. The plot is wonderfully written and is engaging. There’s a brief introduction of the pets in the Inca detective agency at the beginning of the book, which will help in understanding the characters. The text is in simple English with a few French phrases explained later on in the passage. The paragraphs are short, making it easy for young children to understand.
Jorge Valle’s illustrations are vibrant and distinctly depict the facial expressions of the animals and humans. The cover fits the book perfectly and is a great example of the illustrations inside the book. I loved the way Kristi has written the story; she has a real talent for creating imagery.
It was nice to see the world from the Inca’s eyes. I liked that the cats had a childish side to them. It was so adorable when Inca wanted to slide on the airport’s polished floor, and eventually she did.
I give Cat Detectives in the Korean Peninsula4 out of 4 stars. I did not dislike anything about the book. A professional has edited it as I found only one error while reading it. I recommend it to children between the ages of seven and twelve-years-old. Parents can read it to their children and it will be fun learning about Korea.
Cat Detectives in the Korean Peninsula
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