Top positive review
Engaging story, fun puzzles, a few caveats
Reviewed in the United States on August 20, 2019
This book was purchased by my parents for me to read to my son as a 7th birthday present. The story was good, although there were some unanswered questions left for a potential sequel. The picture puzzles were fun for my son, and he solved most of them with ease (there were a few that were surprisingly difficult, though). The only negatives I would have are as follows:
1. Some of the illustrations are so dark, it was hard to see possible clues.
2. There’s an extremely random moment when an adult character shouts “Jesus!” in anger. There isn’t any other adult language in the book (at least not that I can remember), and this totally comes out of left field. Regardless of anyone’s religious beliefs, this is a REALLY strong word for a children’s book, and admittedly, it had me on edge for the rest of the story, worried that there might be another instance of language that I might not catch in time and inadvertently say to my 7 year old. Thankfully, there wasn’t, but geez. Tip: next time, don’t put random language in a kid’s book.