Agent Lion and the Case of the Missing Party

by Jacky Davis (Author) David Soman (Illustrator)

Agent Lion and the Case of the Missing Party
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

From New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl creators David Soman and Jacky Davis comes the second hilarious Agent Lion picture book!

"Accessible text and detailed art combine to create a silly, merry frolic. Pure entertainment." --Kirkus

"Agent Lion may be clueless but he knows how to have a good time, in this easy reader mystery that will have children laughing out loud."--School Library Journal

Agent Lion is back, and it's PARTY TIME!

Petunia's birthday is today, and she's got everything a birthday girl needs: An excited smile. The perfect bow. A big partyWait . . . where is the party?! It was just here a second ago! The balloons, streamers, and guests are all gone!! In a mad dash to find it, Petunia calls the best detective in town, Agent Lion. He runs through the halls, follows clues, and even takes a quick swim -- but will Agent Lion find Petunia's celebration in time?

In an upside-down mystery filled with laugh-out-loud moments, twists and turns, and more zany animals than one can count, David Soman and Jacky Davis have once again crafted the perfect picture book for curious minds who enjoy a good detective tale. Agent Lion is sure not only to make readers giggle but to prove that anything is possible with a bit of determination and wit, and a few jelly doughnut breaks.


Kirkus Reviews

The bumbling and lovable detective is summoned by Petunia Skunk to solve a ridiculous mystery. From the start, accessible text and detailed art combine to create a silly, merry frolic...Pure entertainment

School Library Journal

K-Gr 4--In the second installment of the "Agent Lion" series, the bumbling Agent Lion assists Petunia Skunk in a search of a festive party, which has been abruptly abandoned at the very chic Hotel Du Lox. As in the original, the trench coat and fedora--adorned Agent Lion proves to be quite inept, as he ignores clues and becomes easily distracted by his sweet tooth. Petunia, sporting a pink bow, yellow jumper, and knee socks, keeps him on track. After a few red herrings (their intrusion into an ostrich family reunion is particularly memorable) they discover that the hotel manager, a dignified koala, had simply moved the party to another room. Petunia and Agent Lion both enjoy their quest, relishing the detours such as a quick dip in the pool and an upside-down thinking session. Text and art work expertly together. The simple statements and contrasting images create much of the easy humor. Pen, ink, and watercolor illustrations delightfully depict posh anthropomorphized hotel guests, ornate decorations, and mayhem in full spreads mixed with paneled pages of action and movement. VERDICT Agent Lion may be clueless but he knows how to have a good time, in this easy reader mystery that will have children laughing out loud.--Clara Hendricks, Cambridge P.L., MA

Copyright 2021 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9780062869180
Lexile Measure
N/A
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publisher
HarperCollins
Publication date
January 20, 2021
Series
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BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV002150 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Lions, Tigers, Leopards, etc.
JUV028000 - Juvenile Fiction | Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
JUV017100 - Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Birthdays
Library of Congress categories
Mystery and detective stories
Birthdays
Birthday parties
Lion
Animal fiction

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