4 out of 4 stars
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Detective LB and Hopper: The Case of the Missing Chocolate Frogs is a spirited children’s book by Janey Gaston. Detective LB is a spectacled ladybug who loves books, and her investigative associate is a trenchcoat-wearing rabbit named Hopper. When an entrepreneurial cat named Poppy seeks out their services at the BunnyBugs Detective Agency, this team excitedly gets to work. Despite mail carrier Emmalou Emu’s impeccable delivery record, a weekly supply of chocolate frogs from the Poppycat Candy Company is failing to reach its destination. When the two detectives visit the scene of the crime, they quickly discover a series of mysterious mud puddles and a plucky kitten employee named Pepper.
Investigative questions are asked, and case files are constructed before Hopper decides to invoke his late-night superhero alter ego. Will THE CARROT CRUSADER catch a thief, and will this crime-fighting duo be able to determine why the chocolate frogs are disappearing before they make it to Grandma Rose’s doorstep? This darling storybook was illustrated by Anil Tortop, and every single image was visually delightful.
I enjoyed seeing so many expressive faces that believably displayed a wide range of emotions that complemented the dialogue. There was an equal gender distribution among the primary characters present, and there were broadly embedded lessons of honesty, sympathy, and remorse. Kids will love encountering mentions of cookies, jammies, comic books, and capes. A trip to the candy store will have young minds salivating over giant gumballs, and they’ll learn to look for clues hidden within the developing plot. Magnifying glasses and binoculars are reliable tools of the trade, but a slew of crunchy carrots also gives the brain a boost.
I had the opportunity to read and review a paperback version of this book, and the visual quality of the print edition is exceptional. The full-page illustrations have a gorgeously glossy finish, and every one of the 32 pages appears to have been professionally edited. There was nothing at all that I disliked about this book, and I would gladly recommend it to inquisitive young sleuths!
This charming book easily earns a rating of 4 out of 4 stars. The content of this structured storyline is both lighthearted and engaging. I feel this book would be appropriate for any young reader who enjoys a whimsical mystery, and I would recommend it to children between the ages of four and nine. Younger children would enjoy having it read aloud to them. Even as an adult, I enjoyed envisioning chocolate thieves, and I laughed at the energetic bunny with a chipped tooth who got bored enough to shove pencils up his nose. Bravery comes in all shapes and sizes. Maybe there’s a little superhero magic inside all of us.
Detective LB and Hopper: The Case of the Missing Chocolate Frogs
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