Penelope Snoop, Ace Detective by Pamela Butchart

Reviewed by Patricia Simms-Reeve

Brilliant female detectives are not exclusive to the adult world of books and television.

Penelope Snoop believes she has the skills to solve any mystery.

Accompanied by her dog, Carlos, and both wearing their eye-catching pink hats, they both set out to find the missing smelly sock.

 Penelope’s imagination takes her through shark- infested grass and, after that dangerous swim, climbs a hundred stairs to her tree house.

 No smelly sock there, or on the moon!

 Muddy footprints are spied – Mum’s wellingtons responsible, and they lead to ……

The washing machine, where Smelly has joined other socks spinning around.

 This is a book for the very young; larger than life with its exuberant illustrations which are simple yet busy, with a liberal dash of that vibrant pink!

 Christine Roussey is a perfect partner to Pamela Butchart and they combine to produce this delightful tale, sure to please little girls, especially, those who are bound to love a puzzle or fancy an adventure tinged with mystery!

 Coupled with the wonderful art work is the language which is colourful and dramatic. Penelope Snoop would be a treat if read by an adult with a touch of the actor/actress. In fact, it is almost mandatory that it be read aloud.

 Pamela Butchart, a teacher, is well qualified to be aware of what appeals to children. She has brought them another entertaining book which is sure to join the hugely successful previous titles such as The Spy Who Loved School Dinners.

Penelope Snoop, Ace Detective

by Pamela Butchart [illus. Christine Roussey]

[2022]

Bloomsbury Children’s Books

ISBN 978 140885 695 6 [p/back]

$14.99; 32pp

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