This sequel to Zoo Boy by artist and writer Sophie Thompson continues the adventures of eight-year-old Vince, who is able to talk to the animals at the zoo where his father is a keeper. Vince’s next door neighbour has been robbed and Vince determines to become a super sleuth and solve the crime with the help, or hindrance, of his animal friends. A series of increasingly silly antics ensue as the cast of eccentric characters try to track down the jewel thieves.
This light-hearted tale is written in a quirky style with constant interjections and asides from the narrator. The text contains plenty of wordplay, many ridiculous names and a varied vocabulary. The font is large and clear and the text is broken up by diary entries, songs and brilliantly expressive and humorous illustrations by Rebecca Ashdown. It should appeal to 7+ readers who enjoy funny animal stories and zany humour.