Today’s team review comes from Alison, she blogs at alisonwilliamswriting.wordpress.com
Alison has been reading children’s book James Bone and the Italian Job by Frank Bell
‘James Bone and the Italian Job’ by Frank Bell
The queen’s been kidnapped and there’s only one dog that can save the day – James Bone of CI6 (that’s Canine Intelligence, of course!).
This adventure for children is introduced by Winston, a Very British Bulldog who lives at 11 Downing Street with the Chancellor of the Exchequer. He hears the story from Humphrey, the Downing Street cat, who is the first animal to learn of the kidnapping. Humphrey goes straight to James Bone and the race to save the queen is on.
With a host of human and animal characters, including Sherlock Holmes and a Mafia Don, this is an exciting and entertaining read. It’s well-paced and has enough going on to keep the most demanding reader happy.
Some young readers, however, might need to ask Mum or Dad who a few of the characters are based on and I’m not sure that they will understand all the James Bond references. So be prepared for plenty of questions!
Four out of five stars