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Agent Lion

Written by Jacky Davis and David Soman & illustrated by David Soman
Published by HarperCollins
3.25 / 7.0
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Goodreads Rating - 3.5 / 5.0
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Feb 4, 2020
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What Does Bookroo Think of Agent Lion

“A promising story premise and character that doesn’t quite solve all it needs to be a new classic detective franchise. ”

Agent Lion presents a familiar premise and storyline—the humorously oblivious and incompetent detective who still manages to accidentally solve mysteries despite his incompetence. Lion works for the Super Detective Agents Agency. He is good natured and loves food—jelly donuts in particular. The mystery begins when he receives a call from Ms. Chief, who informs Lion that Ms. Flamingo’s cat is missing. Lion reports to Ms Flamingo’s apartment, which appropriately is the high rise doorman apartment building on the edge of the city. After a few blundering inquisitions by Lion, and a completely irrelevant investigation that involves jelly donuts, Lion finally solves mystery by accident just as he gives up the chase. There a hammy moments throughout, like when Lion supposedly takes the “most direct route” to the scene of the mystery, but the illustrations tell a different story, showing Lion’s path instead weaving through various detours: the carousel, the pizza store, the hot dog stand, the circus, the ice cream shop, and more. Or when Lion would like to know if Fluffy the cat has antlers, wings, or a trunk. Or when he noisily enters one apartment, where a perturbed Miss Hippo begs him to be quiet because her twins have barely fallen asleep, only to insist cats love polka, loudly play a tuba, wake the babies, and decide it is time to leave because the babies are crying and it’s “much too noisy in here for a cat.” The beginning feels a bit forced, and the ending is disappointingly simple without much of a mystery or an explanation of why Mrs. Flamingo hadn’t noticed Fluffy quietly sleeping among the throw pillows on the couch, discovered only when the discouraged Detective Lion sits down dejectedly. Despite a familiar, promising premise, a good watercolor and ink illustration style, and a likeable main character, it doesn’t quite reach its potential. But it’s a series to keep an eye on.

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Publisher Summary

From the New York Times bestselling creators of Ladybug Girl, meet Agent Lion: a charmingly oblivious yet always-on-time detective!

MS. FLAMINGO’S CAT, FLUFFY, IS MISSING…and there’s only one detective who can crack the case!

Meet Agent Lion—he works at Super Detective Agents Agency, wears a tiny blue hat, and loves jelly doughnuts. But most importantly, he is determined to find Fluffy.

Agent Lion searches all over Mrs. Flamingo’s building—from Mr. Wombat’s apartment to the top of the roof—and the missing cat is nowhere to be found. Will Agent Lion ever crack the case?

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 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.

What Kind of Book is Agent Lion

Quotes from Agent Lion

  • “Now that Agent Lion was clear on what Fluffy looked like, he needed to start looking for clues.”
  • “I am not looking for Fluffy,” he said. “I am looking for jelly donuts!”

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Lion is a detective. Detectives discover clues to solve mysteries. What mysteries is your young reader interested in solving?

  • Lion’s favorite snack is a jelly donut. He loves them so much they sometimes distract him from what he’s actually working on. What is your favorite treat?

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Who Wrote Agent Lion

Jacky Davis

David Soman and Jacky Davis are a husband-and-wife picture book team and the creators of the New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl series, which has entertained young readers for over a decade. They live together in Rosendale, NY, with their children and their rescue dog.

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David Soman

David Soman hails from a family of artists, and has been drawing since he could walk (over to the kitchen walls to draw on them). He is the New York Times bestselling co-creator of the Ladybug Girl series with his wife Jacky Davis, as well as author and illustrator of Three Bears in a Boat and The Monster Next Door. David, Jacky, their children, and a big furry dog live in New York’s Hudson Valley. When not working on picture books, shoveling snow, or chopping firewood, David is an instructor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

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Jacky Davis's Book Dedication

To Stephanie Morgan, the incredible children's librarian at Kingston Library

David Soman's Book Dedication

To Stephanie Morgan, the incredible children's librarian at Kingston Library

What Do Critics Say About Agent Lion

  • “Clear panel artwork provides plenty of comic contradiction as Agent Lion heads over to Ms. Flamingo’s apartment building . . .”

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  • “This is a lightweight but humorous story; readers will chuckle at the silly questions Agent Lion asks and the witty, knowing comments he makes about cats.”

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Book Details

Publication Date:
February 4, 2020
Illustration Details:
The artist used pen and ink and watercolor to create the illustrations for this book.

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