3 out of 4 stars
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'Inca solves another Mystery!' could have been the headline of the newspapers on the following day after Inca, the detective cat girl, solved the case regarding the theft in the main museum of my motherland, Sri Lanka. But it is a secret among the readers of the book Serendipity Mystery: Diary of a Snoopy Cat by R.F. Kristi and Inca’s close friends. So if you are still unaware of Inca’s abilities and curious to know, grab a copy of the book and see for yourself.
It is the seventh book of the Inca book series. The target audience is children of age 10-12. This book is actually the diary of Inca, and it contains her activity from 10th to 17th June, in some unknown year. Through her diary notes the reader can go along with her through her journey and also can experience the thrill of solving a mystery. The beautiful and colourful illustrations let the reader have a more vivid visual experience.
It is indeed a children’s book, with a simple story and with the use of adorable animal characters. So if you wish for a mind blowing detective story, just ignore this one. The cat family and their interactions with each other and their mother (they call their human owner “mother”) are something that a child will love to hear. And also a group of animals catching a thief is more palatable for a child than Sherlock Holmes doing the same. The travel details are minimal, yet enough and vivid for a child to get the picture. The illustrations do a great job to keep the children attracted to the book.
Having mentioned all the positive aspects, I would like to mention some negative aspects that are noteworthy. There is a reasonable number of difficult words that a child of the target age group may find difficult. So an adult may have to read it for them or help them to find the meanings. The author has tried to insert some humour by mentioning of gruesome death scenes, in a humorous way.
Would I be crushed like a bug? Would I be flattened like a pancake?
According to my opinion, talking of death is not much suitable for a children’s book.After all, I still have all my nine lives left. Why not take a chance with just one?
It is doubtful whether the author has done a proper research about the setting of the story. Travel details are described in a bizarre manner. The names used are Indian based ones, not Sri Lankan.
The book has been professionally edited. I found only two mistakes, the usage of wrong words, which could have been attributed to auto filling or word suggesting features of new typing software. There is no usage of profane words.
Having mentioned all above, I would like to rate Serendipity Mystery: Diary of a Snoopy Cat by R.F. Kristi with a rating of 3 out of 4 stars.
Serendipity Mystery: Diary of a Snoopy Cat
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