Buckley’s Unexpected Adventure
Middle grade, fiction
Buckley, a young, enthusiastic detector dog, was about to clock off from his regular shift at the Brisbane International Airport when he uncovered a shipment of smuggled exotic animals.Synopsis sourced from Goodreads.
Discovering that all but one, a chameleon named Ciara, and two turtle eggs, had perished on the long journey, Buckley makes it his mission to track down who is behind the smuggling ring and ensure no more helpless and endangered animals are killed. A fire is ignited within Buckley and he is determined to return Ciara to her home and reunite her with her family.
Breaking all of his obedience training whilst battling his usual insecurities and self-doubt, Buckley, Ciara and a charismatic Californian mouse named Bo, set out on an international adventure that propels them from a world of structure and safety into dangerous, risky situations.
With fast-pace, witty humour and suspense, Dion Summergreene takes young readers on a crime-fighting adventure like no other to discover an exotic world through the eyes of man’s best friend.
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Unfortunately today, this will be a short review. This book was not totally what I expected, but I can see it being incredible entertainment for young readers. Buckley’s Unexpected Adventure follows Buckley, a Golden Retriever, who works with border security at Brisbane airport, and his epic adventure with his best friend, a comic-book loving mouse, Bo.
Their adventure begins with a late night discovery that uncovers the start of an animal-smuggling ring, with a sole surviving chameleon and only a few turtle eggs. To be honest, the premise was there to be entirely clever and educational for middle grade readers but I thought that it was a bit confusing to have both educational facts and childish-aspects about the animals in the book. It was great to learn little things about animals, sure, but with a middle-grade audience in mind, the addition of animals from all walks of life without thought about the food-chain? I felt it should have been either one or the other.
I spent a long time trying to figure out how to properly rate this book based on my thoughts, because it wan’t bad. The writing kept the story moving and I can see my younger cousins enjoying it immensely, but for me, it didn’t blow me away and I don’t have a lot to say about it as it wasn’t either good or bad in the end.
Overall, it was a cute read, but a classic not-for-me-might-be-for-you scenario if you enjoy reading about animals and a little bit of international adventure!
Have you read Buckley’s Unexpected Adventure? What did you think of it?
Edit: apparently, today is not the day for WordPress. First, my scheduling didn’t work and next, it’s taken me a full hour to get this post up after I realised the schedule didn’t work? Today has also not been my day either.
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This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.