Chewy’s Book Reviews: Leon Chameleon PI

You know, I was wondering why Chewy had a sudden urge to watch police procedurals lately. I caught him scrolling through Netflix and Hulu looking for CSI, Law and Order, and even Miami Vice. Now I know why. Chewy is back with a new book review, and apparently a new career path…

Chewy’s Review of Leon Chameleon PI and the Case of the Kidnapped Mouse

Author: Jan Hurst-Nicholson
More about the book:

Book Blurb

A humorous, animal detective story for 7-12 year-olds.

“When Mr Woodland Mouse mysteriously disappears, Constable Mole is quick to enlist the help of Leon Chameleon, Private Investigator, whose expertise enabled the Pigeon Valley Police to solve the case of the missing canary eggs.

After organising a search, Leon realises that there is only one creature in the valley who can spring the captured mouse from his prison. But just when he thinks Mr Woodland Mouse is safely on his way home, the plan goes horribly wrong…”

All the animal details of food, habits, and lifestyle are true to nature (apart from Constable Mole’s sunglasses!) and the animals solve the crimes using their own natural abilities. Children will absorb much knowledge of the small creatures of Africa without being aware of it.

A section of interesting facts has been added to this second detective story in the Leon Chameleon PI series. It provides valuable and little-known information on chameleons, moles and other creatures featured in the story.


Don’t tell my mom this (you know how passionate she is about books) but I’ve always aspired to do more than just sit around all day chewing and reviewing books. Ever since I was a young pup I’ve yearned to be one of those smart hero dogs that can sniff out drugs or bombs, or follow the trail of felons, or even be a search and rescue dog, like the St Bernard’s with barrels of whiskey round their necks – you know, be something actually useful. So when I read about a chameleon becoming a private investigator I knew this was my new calling. OK, I know chameleons can disguise themselves better than dogs, but I reckon I could become an undercover PI dog by disguising myself as a guide dog for the blind. Guide dogs can get permits to enter places ordinary dogs can’t. I really must read more about this Leon Chameleon guy to learn how he rescued the kidnapped mouse. Watch this space – I might soon be offering my services! (but keep quiet about it in case Mom finds out)


Julie’s Note: Chewy, I just found out. I post these reviews for you, remember?

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