Thank you to Eleanor Rose and Bonnier Books/Picadilly Press for organising this tour and for a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Reporter-in-training Kate is back for a new adventure! Be swept downriver on this exciting jungle cruise in search of the mysterious Silver Wibbler bird… When Kate and her mouse Rupert sail through the jungle home of the legendary Silver Wibbler, they know there’s a story to be sniffed out. Why else would the Bird Brigade be on board? Their fearsome leader General Hornbill is convinced the Wibbler is a myth but young Bird Brigader Bertie is determined to prove him wrong. Can Kate help Bertie uncover the truth? Full steam ahead for friendship, mystery and some ruffled feathers… A hilarious new mystery, packed with illustrations!
This is the second in the series of Kate on the Case books but works fine as a stand-alone. It’s fin, eclectic and a delight for readers. I cannot wait to read the first book in the series soon.
The thing I love the most about this books is the fact that the aesthetics is so appealing to struggling and reluctant readers who often find pages full of text daunting. The mixture of text, comic-like presentation, jottings, doodles and fabulous drawings really make this book so much more accessible, less intimidating and just a whole load of fun to read. It was equal fun exploring these things as it was reading the story.
The characters and setting of this book is so eccentric but works really well together. Kate has her first writing assignment reviewing food on board a steamboat when there is a possibility to track a rare and elusive bird instead. Bonkers? Certainly! Witty and brilliant? Definitely!
Kate is surrounded by colourful characters during this delightful investigation, and it is just pure joy to read.
This is a perfect book for readers aged 5+ to share or for readers a little older to read by themselves.