Toto The Ninja Cat and the Mystery Jewel Thief is an incredibly fun, action-packed adventure, perfect for younger readers of 6+. It is the fourth adventure for Toto, but can easily be read as a standalone.
Toto is back on assignment, this time looking after the debonair French animal ambassador, Monsieur Raton Laveur. This should be an easy assignment for the fully-fledged Ninja Cat, but disaster strikes when showing the ambassador Old Tom’s Collar, the most precious and sacred of the animal crown jewels held in the Tower of London … the Collar has gone missing! Toto’s boss, Larry, who has one of the only two keys to open the case, is accused of its theft by the Home Secretary Sir Fluffypaws who is not a fan of the Ninja Cats. Will Toto and her friends be able to prove his innocence?
So begins a wonderfully action-packed, fun-filled and exciting adventure to solve the mystery of the jewellery theft, brimming with daring exploits, danger, historical revelations – and corgis! The friends must avoid arrest whilst using all their ingenuity to track down the real thief, or rats and pigeons may never be free again! Will they be able to recover the precious crown jewels before the real thief unleashes their hidden power?
Toto and her friends are utterly adorable. They are brave, cheeky, clever and supportive of each other – and they love food, especially cheese sandwiches! What’s not to love about that? Despite feeling unsure of her boss Larry, Toto remains loyal and shows kindness towards the other animals, even those trying to arrest her! She engenders loyalty and support from the other animals who are prepared to help her when aid is needed. I loved how the animal community worked together and supported each other – often with humorous consequences.
The layout of this book will appeal to younger readers with its larger font interspersed with bold capitalisation for emphasis, cute pawprints and gorgeous partial and whole-page illustrations which complement the story perfectly, and bring it to vivid life.
This is a fantastic addition to this fun and exciting adventure series, perfect for younger readers who love animal adventure stories filled with humour, loveable characters and, of course, an evil villain.
Thank you to the Publisher and Fritha Lindqvist for a copy in exchange for my honest opinion.