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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Detective LB and Hopper: The Case of the Missing Chocolate Frogs" by janey gaston.]
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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.

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How magical this book sounds! I’m sure children will thoroughly enjoy the investigative work of Ladybug and her associate, Hopper the rabbit, at the BunnyBugs Detective Agency. Many years ago, I know my daughter would have loved hearing/reading this story and looking at all the pictures as well...I hope this will be shared with many children in today’s world too. Your reviews are always so entertaining and it is much appreciated. Thanks!
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RetiredOBNurse wrote: 02 Feb 2021, 13:07 How magical this book sounds! I’m sure children will thoroughly enjoy the investigative work of Ladybug and her associate, Hopper the rabbit, at the BunnyBugs Detective Agency. Many years ago, I know my daughter would have loved hearing/reading this story and looking at all the pictures as well...I hope this will be shared with many children in today’s world too. Your reviews are always so entertaining and it is much appreciated. Thanks!
Greatly appreciate your ongoing positive feedback and encouraging support! This rabbit “tale” was absolutely darling, and having a ladybug friend would benefit anyone. The sweet cats were a fun addition to the story, and all of the cookies and chocolate and candies had me wishing for a sweet snack of my own. I’d highly recommend this children’s book! 🐞🐰🍪
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The book title made me laugh 😄. Such a thorough review, especially for being a children's book well done!
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Yvonne Monique wrote: 02 Feb 2021, 14:59 The book title made me laugh 😄. Such a thorough review, especially for being a children's book well done!
It was a whimsical storyline for sure!! And that happy, hoppy title immediately caught my attention too! Such a cute book, and thank you for the kind words 🐸
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This is such a clever combination of everything children will enjoy! The characters are definitely memorable, and the plot seems really entertaining. Even as an adult, I would love to dive into this adventure. I enjoyed reading your entertaining review. Thanks!
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Drianie wrote: 02 Feb 2021, 18:20 This is such a clever combination of everything children will enjoy! The characters are definitely memorable, and the plot seems really entertaining. Even as an adult, I would love to dive into this adventure. I enjoyed reading your entertaining review. Thanks!
The characters are so incredibly charismatic and adorable and jubilant! Chocolate thieves and superheroes kept me mesmerized and entertained with the flip of every page. I absolutely loved this one! 🐞🐇🔍
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I would have to pack my table stand with lots of gumballs and chocolate snacks to be able to get through this book. This sounds like an amazing book. Thanks for your exciting review. :tiphat:
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This sounds like a very original children's storybook! I like the clever play on words as the author reversed "BugsBunny" and changed it to the "BunnyBugs" Detective Agency. I would never have thought to pair a ladybug with a rabbit!

Thank you for your well-written and enthusiastic review!
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PeterRabitt20 wrote: 03 Feb 2021, 21:18 I would have to pack my table stand with lots of gumballs and chocolate snacks to be able to get through this book. This sounds like an amazing book. Thanks for your exciting review. :tiphat:
So many snacks! 😋 This one was entertaining, enthusiastic, and satisfying from beginning to end. Thank you for the kind comment of support! 🍬
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Josephe-Anne wrote: 03 Feb 2021, 21:24 This sounds like a very original children's storybook! I like the clever play on words as the author reversed "BugsBunny" and changed it to the "BunnyBugs" Detective Agency. I would never have thought to pair a ladybug with a rabbit!

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That “BunnyBugs” switcheroo made me giggle. I was really impressed by this children’s book! The combination of candies, comic books, chocolate, and compassion had me smiling throughout. And who doesn’t love a charismatic ladybug?! ♥️🐞

Thank you for your sweet feedback on this one!
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I think I’d keep my eye on that plucky kitten employee named Pepper. :cat: Such a fun review! Thank you for the adventure.
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MsH2k wrote: 05 Feb 2021, 02:16 I think I’d keep my eye on that plucky kitten employee named Pepper. :cat: Such a fun review! Thank you for the adventure.
Hehe, I think you might have a knack for investigative deductions, my friend! Pepper was a real kitten cutie with commendably honest intentions. 🐈‍⬛
Thanks for hopping by! 🐸
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I love when animals are becoming investigators in children's books. I think being curious and asking questions are very good qualities :). However, I wonder what happened to the chocolate frogs. Nice review!
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raluca_mihaila wrote: 09 Feb 2021, 17:10 I love when animals are becoming investigators in children's books. I think being curious and asking questions are very good qualities :). However, I wonder what happened to the chocolate frogs. Nice review!
I’m also delighted by pairs of animal investigators! All of the characters in this tale are full of personality and spunk, and they clearly have huge hearts that fuel their individual actions. Thank you for coming by! 🐰🐞
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