Monday, April 24, 2017

Panda-monium by Stuart Gibbs - ESSENTIAL

Gibbs, Stuart Panda-monium (funjungle #4), 337 pages.  Simon, 2017.  $17.  Language: G; Mature Content: PG (dolphin strips off people’s shorts); Violence: G.

FunJungle and panda fans are over the moon that a panda is being loaned to them by the Chinese government and another zoo.  When the truck arrives, however – no panda!  Who kidnapped the precious panda and how did they pull it off?  It is up to Teddy to solve the mystery, even if he doesn’t want to step on the FBI’s toes, before FunJungle is ruined, the panda starves to death, and before the Chinese government declares this an international incident.

Because of the considerations of the panda’s health, the timeline for the action in the book was severely compressed.  I don’t know if Large Marge suddenly becoming Teddy’s ally signals the end to the series, but I certainly hope not!  Gibbs masterfully crafts mysteries of all sorts and I can’t wait to read even more!

EL, MS - ESSENTIAL.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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