This week mommy and I travelled back in time and helped solve a mystery! It was a great adventure. How often do you get to solve a mystery, let alone time travel? It was very exciting and I have been looking forward to telling you all about it.
It all began last week when our copy of On the Trail of the Missing Pets arrived in the mail. Mommy and I didn’t have much information on this book and we had no idea what to expect. Excited to find out more, we flipped through the pages and quickly realized that this book is full of beautiful illustrations. Clearly this is a book any child would enjoy.
I was eager to get started on this book, but we were in the middle of another story and mommy likes to finish one book before starting another. We finished off our reading over the weekend and as of Monday we started On the Trail of the Missing Pets. It was worth the wait!
I am super excited to tell you about this book. The last several book reviews I did were for books that are written for grown-ups. While I am very mature and an advanced reader, I do prefer books with cute stories and pretty pictures. I finally get to tell you about a book written not for mommy, but for me!
On the Trail of the Missing Pets is a book for kids of all ages. I have already mentioned the illustrations, but I am so enamoured with these lovely pictures that I just have to tell you more. Every page of this story is covered in large and colourful illustrations that bring so much life to the story. The pictures are my favourite part!
Mommy and I were surprised to find out that this book is written in rhyming verse. I enjoy that because rhyme adds a certain rhythm and melody to the words. It really brings another facet to reading. It’s strange and I can’t really explain it, but stories that rhyme feel magical to me.
The story itself is very good too and both mommy and I were swept away by it. The main character is a lady by the name of Violet Vintage. I found her pleasant but somewhat unremarkable. I was much more charmed by Spike, her assistant and companion.
Spike is a dog and I have been learning about dogs at the park. We don’t have dogs, but we do have two cats. Dogs are a bit like cats except that they seem to come in a large assortment of shapes and sizes. Spike is a large dog with brown fur. I like Spike!
Violet and Spike travel through time with the help of Violet’s wardrobe. It doesn’t take long before they find themselves transported to 1944. The story takes place in London during World War II. There are all sorts of scary but exciting things going on while Spike and Violet try to figure out where they are.
Things move along at a good pace and we quickly discover our mission. With all the chaos of war going on within the city, pets have been going missing. The kindhearted Violet and her trusty assistant Spike eagerly agree to help and we all set off in search of the missing pets.
Soon a mysterious figure appears from the shadows. He seems to be the one responsible for the pets’ disappearance. Spike and Violet are in pursuit but will they find the man in time? Can they save the pets before it’s too late? Is Spike in danger of being abducted himself? You’ll have to read the story to find out!
At the end of the book are a few pages of facts about life during World War II. I have actually never heard about World War II before, so this was an enlightening read for me. It has made me much more appreciative of being born in 2015. We don’t have to worry about getting enough food to eat, or finding clothes to wear.
Reading On the Trail of the Missing Pets was fun, exciting, and informative. One question remains. Will Violet and Spike have more adventures? If Violet’s wardrobe has the potential of transporting them to any place in history, there could be endless adventures in store for them. I can’t wait to find out where they go next!
On the Trail of the Missing Pets was both written and illustrated by Marianne Su Yin. Marianne is the mother of two boys and the owner of the real Spike. They live on the Isle of Wight where Marianne spends her time writing and creating historical fashion pieces. Please take a moment to visit Marianne’s website and say hello. I’m sure she would love to hear from you.
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* We were given a free copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All views and opinions are honest and our own.