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Homing pigeon Homer and his parrot friend Lulu learn something is afoul when they witness four-legged criminals stealing valuables from both the animal and human communities. Using the sleuthing techniques he’s gathered from his favorite mystery comics, Homer and Lulu track down the bandits, but need human help to stop them for good. Can they find a way to communicate with their human keepers and lead them to the culprits’ hideout to stop the thieves?
Award-winning author and illustrator Henry Cole delivers a fun, action-packed middle grade novel that will keep readers turning the page to find out if the crime-solving pigeon will get his guy. A supporting cast of animal and human characters forms a community that will have every reader wishing they could join in the hunt.
What I loved: This was a fast-paced read with a mystery that keeps the plot moving quickly. The main characters are absolutely as fun as you would expect from two birds leading the charge, and I enjoyed the writing style that felt akin to a Sherlock Holmes/detective novel. The crimes are great for the middle grade audience, and the animals throughout add to the fun. This book is full of charm.
Each chapter also includes illustrations in black and white that help to bring the story to life and enhance the experience for young readers. This book is well suited for even young middle grade/chapter book readers with a compelling plot and delightful characters. It would also work well as a bedtime book to be read over a few nights.
Final verdict: HOMER ON THE CASE is a charming middle grade detective read with fun characters, great illustrations, and a fast-paced plot. Recommend for mystery and animal lovers.