It is always a delight to get my hands on children’s books. The innocence, the simplicity of words, the colourful illustrations, all take me back to the time when I was a kid gorging on the insatiable vacation urge – the urge to read story books, comics and the kind. It was a pleasure to have got Ruchira’s children’s book for review because it sent me back to the good old times of innocent reading.

The Mystery of the Missing Iguana is a colourful book for ages 2 to 8. Colourful, because the illustrations by Novella Genelza makes it so. The illustrations also make the book more adorable and attractive to the little humans. The story is about Alex, who idolizes Sherlock Holmes and loves solving mysteries that take place in his community. He has a sidekick too, a pet chimpanzee named Angelo. The story is about Alex and Angelo solving the case of a missing iguana that belongs to Alex’s classmate Darren, whom he had brought for the special occasion of “Take your pet to school day”.

The story, as all children’s stories, is simple and precise. It is mysterious and would send a child into the world of animals and mysteries, piquing their imagination. The illustrations provide the added charm to the book. The language is simple and can be read easily by kids 6 and above with the help from parents, while it will make a good bed time story for the toddlers.

All in all, a good children’s book that brings a smile to the face of a child and sends him/her to the magical world of mysteries and imagination.

If I have to rate the book, I will give it 4.75 out of 5 stars.

Rating : 4.75 out of 5.

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