Review: The Case of the Cursed Dodo

Posted on January 6, 2015

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The Case of the Cursed Dodo
The Endangered Files Book 1
By Jake G. Panda
Woolly Family Studios
December 2014
180 pages

Prepare yourself for an unusual adventure. Reading The Case of the Cursed Dodo is a lot like reading a screenplay, complete with fade, dissolves, cutaways, insert shots, special effects, and more. The author refers to it as “endangered’d’scope.” And the story is a slice of “jungle noir.”

It all began when Jake G. Panda (the author) was working at Wildlife’s Last Resort as the hotel detective. He received a distress call from his friend and co-worker, The Professor who is a hispid hare that collects endangered artifacts for the hotel’s collection. The Professor is in trouble and it has something to do with a mysterious carving of a jade dodo bird. Along the way readers meet a cast brimming with wacky characters, all of whom are endangered. Ernie, the Asian elephant drives a bicycle rickshaw. There’s Karl the Norwegian rat and his Rat Pack. Lou is a punch-drunk Tibetan snowcock. Stan is the wise-cracking pygmy goat. Bedouin Joe is a Bimini boa that runs a curio shop. And there’s Knuckles the crafty croc. But no jungle noir would be complete without an old flame to rattle our hard-boiled detective. Cue the lounge singer, Daisy Condor. She’s a flighty sort of bird who makes her own music. They all join in a wild goose chase — except there’s no goose — only a jade dodo bird that hides an ancient secret.

Book 1 introduces readers to the world of endangered species with a slapstick comedy rolled into a mysterious puzzle. With plenty of jokes, gags, and stunts, The Case of the Cursed Dodo will keep you laughing out loud.

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