Holy catnip! Am I ever excited about today’s post, which features a guest review by my daughter, Madeline!
About this book: (from the publisher) Buckley and Bogey, Cat Detectives, find their next big case with the Buckley and Bogey Cat Detective Agency to be their most complicated ever! It all starts when someone hides a mysterious package in their Mom’s antique store – in the middle of the night! Of course, the boys find it, and put it in a nice, safe place, until they can open it . . . and, find the rightful owner. But that’s when a whole bunch of suspicious people show up in St. Gertrude, and every single one of them seems to be after that package! Holy Catnip!
Plus, everything happens just when a priceless, jeweled statue collection goes on display at the St. Gertrude Museum. Missing from that collection are two jewel covered cat statues that disappeared almost a hundred and fifty years ago. But soon Buckley and Bogey wonder how long those statues will stay missing. Because this is one case that really keeps them on their paws! From a trip to the Museum, and to an old church for the Blessing of the Animals; and from dinosaurs to diamonds, they end up dodging shady suspects the whole time. It sure helps to have their friends with them, especially when the bad guys make a beeline for boys. That’s because it becomes very clear, very quick – the priceless cat statues aren’t the only cats those crooks are after! Holy Mackerel!
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About the author: (from Litfuse Publicity) Cindy Vincent was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and has lived all around the US and Canada. She holds an M.A.Ed, and is the creator of the Mysteries by Vincent murder mystery party games and the Daisy Diamond Detective Series games for girls. She is also the award-winning author of the Buckley and Bogey Cat Detective Caper books, the Daisy Diamond Detective book series, and the “Cats are Part of His Kingdom, Too: 33 Daily Devotions to Understanding God’s Love.” She lives with her husband and the real, live Buckley and Bogey, who run surveillance on her house each and every night.
Genre: Fiction/Mystery/Middle Grade
If this book were a movie, I would rate it: G for clean language and subject matter
First impressions: The title intrigued me and made me want to read it, and I liked the cats on the cover.
Reminds me of…Well, it’s really pretty unique!
Will especially appeal to…I personally think that this book would appeal to anyone! Child or adult. I think that a girl would enjoy it most, but who knows!
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This story matters because…it shows how family members (and their pets) protect, help, and love each other.
Madeline’s take: I really liked everything about the book! It’s cute, it’s funny, and it’s very intriguing. Whenever I would turn the page I couldn’t wait to see what was on the next couple pages.
I really enjoyed reading this book partly because of the cute characters, Bogey and Buckley. I love how Bogey is like a mentor to Buckley in their cat detective business. I like how it spoke about family and love, and how Buckley would do anything to protect his family.
I liked the story because it took place in modern time. For me it is easier to read things that take place in modern time because it is easier to understand. I also like books that take place in small towns or little villages, like this book.
This story was so well written I could almost feel as if I was in the small town of Bogey and Buckley. It was so detailed. I could picture everything in my head: the cats, Mom, Dad and Gracie, the street where all of the stores are, the church, everything.
I really enjoyed how Cindy Vincent (the author) spoke in her book. She makes everything clear. And I also liked how it felt as if Buckley were speaking to you, like he was telling the story to you. As if you were right there.
And last I really liked how the mystery was solved in a church. I liked how the family was religious and loving. And the thought that they cracked the case in a church makes me think that God was with them when they solved the mystery. That He guided them to the answer.
Overall it was a great book!
About the reviewer: Madeline is a fifth grader and cat lover who enjoys reading, writing, drawing, and dancing of every kind.
Thanks to Litfuse Publicity and the author for providing me a free copy to review. All opinions are mine.
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