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The Panda Puzzle by Ron Roy

The Panda Puzzle

by Ron Roy, John Steven Gurney (Illustrator)

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I liked this book for two reasons. The first reason is that the point of view that the story was told in allowed for a reader to read the story from an unbiased and outside perspective because it was told in the third person. By telling the story in third person, the narrator allows the audience to see the whole picture and can share the feelings that every character has throughout various events in the story. For example, the author writes, "Pal sighed and flopped down. His big brown eyes watched Josh, Dink, and Ruth Rose enter the building" (p. 39). Because the story was told in third person, the narrator can describe how Pal reacted without bias. If the story was told in first person, the narrator may have a different opinion or description of the other characters. However, the third person point of view in this book makes the book more detailed in the descriptions of events and other characters. I also like the language in this book. The language was descriptive so that the audience has a clear image in their mind of the story. The author appeals to multiple senses as he writes, "Soft guitar music greeted them at an open door. Tom Steele was sitting at a computer with his back to the kids. A small radio sat on the desk" (p. 32). This descriptive language provides a detailed image of the scene that is taking place. The author describes the sounds heard and small details about what is on the desk so that the audience can easily envision this in their minds. Overall, the big idea in this story is about justice and fighting what is wrong. ( )
  kaylafrey | Feb 22, 2016 |
In this book, a baby panda named Winnie is kidnapped from the zoo and is held ransom for one million dollars. Three children decide to take it upon themselves to find Winnie before the deadline at midnight. I really liked this mystery book. The author does a phenomenal job of manipulating the reader's predictions of who the culprit might be. For example, the names of two suspects were Irene "Napper" and Tom "Steele" seemed like a foreshadowing tactic. Also the ending reveal that the thief was the character that was least expected. This character was described to be loyal, friendly, and caring but at the end the all of the clues came forward and made it clear.
The big idea of this book is that it is important to consider all aspect of a story before making conclusions about a character. The reader may have made assumptions based off of the obvious details before considering the small but more significant details that develop a character. ( )
  nlinco1 | May 1, 2015 |
This is a realistic fiction book. This book is about three kids who are at the opening of a panda exhibit at their local petting zoo. When the zoo owners go to bring out the baby panda, they discover that it is missing and in its place is a ransom note asking for one million dollars in exchange for the panda. Ruth, Josh and Dink set off to interview who the three people they think have something to do with it, and fidn the missing baby panda. ( )
  kfrost32 | Apr 7, 2015 |
A quick read, young readers will enjoy trying to figure out what happened to the baby panda. The illustrations are black and white, and may have been sketched with a pencil. The theme is with team work and cooperation you can solve any problem.
  kerriwilliams | Aug 12, 2010 |
I liked it because it was about pandas. A guy stole a baby panda, that was named Winnie. ( )
  skeeterbo | Aug 4, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375802711, Paperback)

Don’t miss A to Z Mysteries—alphabetic adventures that are full of thrills, chills, and cases to crack!

P is for Panda...
In the sixteenth book of the A to Z Mysteries—an early chapter book mystery series featuring strong boy and girl characters—there's pandemonium in Green Lawn! The town is building a new park for a panda and her baby. But as soon as the pandas arrive, the baby is stolen! All the panda-nappers want in return is a million dollars... Can Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose collar the culprits before Green Lawn has to cough up the cash?
Each book includes a map and a letter from the author. Parents, teachers, and librarians agree that these highly collectible chapter books are perfect for emerging readers and any kid who love mysteries!

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:17:22 -0400)

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Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose investigate the kidnapping of the new baby panda at the petting zoo.

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