4 out of 4 stars
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Cat Detectives in the Korean Peninsula, the eighth book in the Inca Cat Detective series written by R.F. Kristi, is a children's illustrated adventure book. The story follows the adventure of Inca (a cat) and her team of renowned (cats and dog) detectives in Korea. Jorge Valle illustrated this book, and Melanie Lopata edited it. It has 120 pages.
Inca's detective agency consists of her brother, Fromage, her Siamese sister, Cara, Terrance (the dog), and her other friends, Monk and Polo. Inca's mum, Missy, a human, was selected to be one of the judges in the French patisserie competition organized by "Le Cordon Bleu". The competition is taking place in South Korea. Missy decided to travel with Solo (Missy's admirer), Terrance, Inca, and her siblings. Monk and Polo stayed back on this particular trip. Missy plans to launch her special cheese (La Crème de la Crème) in South Korea. Their arrival in South Korea was a sight to behold; it was a grand entry. Inca's team of detectives sprung up to work when Missy realized the box that had her special cheese was missing.
The plot of this story was suspenseful and realistic, and the action was fast-paced. Kristi mentioned some important themes in this book. Their covert rescue mission in North Korea proved they valued friendship and unity very much. Some of the other themes are teamwork, love, happiness, and the importance of family.
The characters in Cat Detectives in the Korean Peninsula are well-developed, dynamic, and multi-dimensional. Fromage was my favorite character in this story. He believes the family cheese enterprise belongs to him; he acts accordingly. I like Inca's bravery and leadership skills. However, Terrance's ferocious ability and courage make him my second favorite character.
Kristi's writing style is descriptive and exciting. I like how the author used a few French words in the book. The illustrations by Jorge Valle were eye-catching and evenly distributed. This book can also be standalone.
Cat detectives in the Korean Peninsula is professionally edited as I found only one spacing error in its entirety. I didn't spot any grammatical or typographical errors. I would recommend this book to children between the ages of five and twelve. They will find the story and illustrations interesting. I would also recommend this book to adults who love to read children's stories with a well-driven plot. However, younger children might not find this interesting as the themes may be difficult to understand. The few pictorial illustrations might also bore them.
I hereby rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. It helps children and adults to gain a little knowledge about other cultures and geographical locations. It would also help its readers to learn to overcome jealousy and conflicts. North and South Korea will hopefully, learn the same.
Cat Detectives in the Korean Peninsula
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