Mystery on the Ostrich Express

Bloomsbury. (Fabio the World’s Greatest Flamingo Detective: Bk. 2). Mar. 2020. 128p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781547604593.
Gr 1-3–Fabio the flamingo detective is back to solve the next mystery in this endearing and colorful sequel to The Case of the Missing Hippo. Fabio is headed on vacation with his trusty sidekick Gilbert. As they travel on the Ostrich Express train, they meet Zazie. Zazie is the owner of a priceless ruby necklace which she is getting ready to sell. After the train is stalled and the necklace is stolen, Fabio and Gilbert are on the case. This detective duo must set a trap to catch the thief and solve the mystery. This second book in the series keeps with the feel of the first. James plants clues throughout for keen young readers, and the short chapters and colorful pages will draw the attention of younger audiences. Fox’s illustrations support the text and give context to the storyline. The exclusively pink-and-orange color palette provides visual contrast and depth.
VERDICT This fun-loving flamingo will capture the heart of any young mystery lover. An excellent choice for readers who enjoy Ron Roy’s “A to Z Mysteries” or Mary Pope Osborne’s “Magic Tree House” series, and a concrete purchase for elementary libraries.

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