Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Book Review: Delbert: The Reluctant Spy [Delbert, #1] by Marko Kitti

Title: Delbert: The Reluctant Spy
Author: Marko Kitti
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Genre: Children's Books, Action, Adventure
Series: Delbert #1
Source: Author
Publication Date: 28th May 2016
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
Ten-year-old Delbert’s world is grey and glum since his grandfather died. Everything is a dull routine, and all Delbert wants to do is stay in his room. What’s more, he has to cope with an annoying next-door neighbour, Evie, who has committed her life to being in love with him.

But Delbert’s whole life is about to change when he is forced into a SUPER SECRET SPY MISSION to find a missing cat called Pandora. What seems like a straightforward job suddenly escalates into the stuff of real spy stories.

Bursting with humour and thrilling surprises, this fast-paced, action-packed story takes Delbert and Evie on a wild ride with an UTTERLY SHOCKING SECRET at the end…
My Thoughts
I've really enjoyed Marko's previous books, so when Marko contacted me about his newest book I didn't hesitate in saying yes.

Delbert hasn't been himself since his Grandfather passed away, no matter what his family do they can't seem to cheer him up. In a last ditch effort Delbert's brother makes a few phone calls, and before he knows it Delbert has been recruited to find a lost cat called Pandora.

Delbert: The Reluctant Spy was a quick read and is ideal for younger readers. The story was easy to follow and had a surprise or two. I loved the lion onsie and the reason for it, and if this can make me laugh then a younger child will find it hilarious. Delbert was easy to like and relate to, and although I could empathise with his feelings, I did like how he was able to get over it slightly to help out a friend.

The mission itself was not what I expected, but I do like how it went, especially the revelation. The images that come along with the story only help visualise what is going on, and I like how it's connected to Jesper Jinx.

Final Verdict
Delbert: The Reluctant Spy is a laugh out loud read that is perfect for children. Its quick and easy to follow which is perfect for those who don't want to read long books. After the ending I am looking forward to seeing what happens net for Delbert.

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