Review by Leen282 -- Cat Detectives in the Korean Peninsula

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Review by Leen282 -- Cat Detectives in the Korean Peninsula

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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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Having enjoyed already two other books in the Inca Cat Detective series by R.F. Kristi, I was eager to read also number eight, Cat Detectives in the Korean Peninsula.

We meet again with Inca, the Siberian Detective Cat, her family, and her friends. They travel together to South Korea for a culinary competition where Missy, aka Mom, will be a judge. Missy will also present 'La Crème de la Crème', her very own cheese. Or is it Fromage's very own cheese? In South Korea, they befriend their guide and his dog. They learn about the guide's sister and her cat living in North Korea, and how they miss each other. Inca and the others are determined to help reunite their guide and his sister.

The book stands out with its drawings. They are colorful, with just enough details to pique the interest of children without overwhelming them. I only found the illustration on page 38 to be misplaced: it depicts two female chefs, but the actual cooking competition starts as of page 65 only. I also enjoy the characteristics given to the animals: they talk and behave like mini-humans.

The author includes a lot of background information in her book. The reader learns about the animals native to South Korea, the conflict between the North and the South, the Freedom Bridge, and its history. Where this is relevant information, I find the Korean conflict to be a bit too heavy for a children's book. I would not explain the background to my small children, and I don't think children who are old enough to begin to understand such a conflict would enjoy this book. Therefore, I don't give the full points but rate this book three out of four stars.

The book has just a few typos. I would recommend this book to parents and children who enjoy animal stories and want to learn about new countries and cultures.

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This book has me interested. Cat like humans. Children will love.
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Adanna Inya wrote: 05 Jun 2020, 14:49 This book has me interested. Cat like humans. Children will love.
Yes, it's really cute. Thanks for commenting.
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Including Korean politics in a children's book is not very appropriate. It is nice that you mentioned it. Thanks for the critical review 👍👍
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Sushan wrote: 05 Jun 2020, 20:46 Including Korean politics in a children's book is not very appropriate. It is nice that you mentioned it. Thanks for the critical review 👍👍
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What sort of age range is the book aimed at? I agree with Sushan and your review - I'm not sure politics is a great idea in a kids book!
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ThomasCShearman1976 wrote: 06 Jun 2020, 03:04 What sort of age range is the book aimed at? I agree with Sushan and your review - I'm not sure politics is a great idea in a kids book!
Amazon gives the age range of 4-12. The younger kids would definitely love the drawings and the cat stories, but I doubt lots of 12year olds would still go for this kind of book.
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Leen282 wrote: 06 Jun 2020, 03:07
ThomasCShearman1976 wrote: 06 Jun 2020, 03:04 What sort of age range is the book aimed at? I agree with Sushan and your review - I'm not sure politics is a great idea in a kids book!
Amazon gives the age range of 4-12. The younger kids would definitely love the drawings and the cat stories, but I doubt lots of 12year olds would still go for this kind of book.
Great, thanks for the quick reply. I've got lots of 6-8-year-old nieces and nephews and some of them have just been given a cat. I was thinking about it as a birthday present for them. Cheers!
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ThomasCShearman1976 wrote: 06 Jun 2020, 03:09
Leen282 wrote: 06 Jun 2020, 03:07
ThomasCShearman1976 wrote: 06 Jun 2020, 03:04 What sort of age range is the book aimed at? I agree with Sushan and your review - I'm not sure politics is a great idea in a kids book!
Amazon gives the age range of 4-12. The younger kids would definitely love the drawings and the cat stories, but I doubt lots of 12year olds would still go for this kind of book.
Great, thanks for the quick reply. I've got lots of 6-8-year-old nieces and nephews and some of them have just been given a cat. I was thinking about it as a birthday present for them. Cheers!
I read two others in this series, and they would make great gifts for that age range. I reviewed also book seven in the series and had as only minor comment a few typos. I prefer book seven to this one.
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Leen282 wrote: 06 Jun 2020, 03:11
ThomasCShearman1976 wrote: 06 Jun 2020, 03:09
Leen282 wrote: 06 Jun 2020, 03:07

Amazon gives the age range of 4-12. The younger kids would definitely love the drawings and the cat stories, but I doubt lots of 12year olds would still go for this kind of book.
Great, thanks for the quick reply. I've got lots of 6-8-year-old nieces and nephews and some of them have just been given a cat. I was thinking about it as a birthday present for them. Cheers!
I read two others in this series, and they would make great gifts for that age range. I reviewed also book seven in the series and had as only minor comment a few typos. I prefer book seven to this one.
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Sounds like a nice book. I think children will love it so much. Thanks for your nice review.
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J_odoyo wrote: 06 Jun 2020, 04:04 Sounds like a nice book. I think children will love it so much. Thanks for your nice review.
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This book sounds like adventure for kids. The characters also seem to have been handpicked as they tend to relate to children easily. Nice review.
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Caffrey_19 wrote: 06 Jun 2020, 10:37 This book sounds like adventure for kids. The characters also seem to have been handpicked as they tend to relate to children easily. Nice review.
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A nice book for children to learn about Korean animals while having fun. Useful for parents and to be given as a gift to children. Thank you for your great review!
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