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We are reading your Leon the Chameleon PI book at the moment.  My 11-year old declared he prefers reading about human characters, but my 6-year old (turning almost 7) absolutely loves it!  I think it is ideal for a 6 - 7 year old. All the different animals are totally fascinating to him.  He asks many questions...I think it is a great book - educational but not boring-educational.  He is learning numerous new words or gaining insight to words he has heard but never really thought about, and we stop every now and then to discuss meanings of words like "nocturnal," "ransom note" or "leguaan," or the real reason for a chameleon's changing colour.  I'll put up a review on Amazon when we've finished.  Thank you!

Hi Melody,
Lovely to hear that your six-year old is enjoying Leon's story. My intention was to make it educational in a way that the children reading it wouldn't even realise (and in the hope that the educational dept. might use it as a class reader! One school does use it as a reader, and has been doing so for several years, but it hasn't got further than that).
In 'the case of the kidnapped mouse'  I have also included a section at the end that gives further details and interesting facts about the small creatures mentioned in the story e.g. how the chameleon got it's name, and that in one day a mole can dig sub-surface burrows equivalent to the width of a football field .
It's very kind of you to offer to put up a review :-*.

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    Leon is still busy solving crimes  :)

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    My friend's 10 year-old grandson proudly announced to me that he's read Leon Chameleon at least three times! ;D

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    Lovely to hear about children enjoying the Leon stories  :)

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    Some schools have used the book as a class reader  - just wish the education dept had taken note!

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    Will have to change my sig to show the kidnapped mouse for a while.

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    Forgot about changing my sig line *sigh*

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    Re: Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs 7-12 yrs. (99c)
    « Reply #32 on: September 07, 2014, 12:55:55 pm »
    I have paperback copies of the kidnapped mouse, but the missing canary eggs is out of print (but hope to make it available again soon).

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    Re: Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs 7-12 yrs. (99c)
    « Reply #33 on: October 03, 2014, 11:39:38 am »
    Makes a super gift for children.

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    Re: Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs 7-12 yrs. (99c)
    « Reply #34 on: October 13, 2014, 12:06:57 pm »
    I think the monkeys have eaten the hadedah's eggs  :(. The nest is in the top of the mango tree and I found the empty egg shells underneath.

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    Re: Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs 7-12 yrs. (99c)
    « Reply #36 on: November 07, 2014, 11:17:46 am »
    Leon not looking forward to the school holidays over Christmas as the children can be quite noisy when trekking through Pigeon Valley.

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    Re: Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs 7-12 yrs. (99c)
    « Reply #37 on: November 19, 2014, 11:25:05 am »
    This is Leon's first case. He's solved lots more, but some are not yet in print.

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    Re: Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs 7-12 yrs. (99c)
    « Reply #38 on: December 08, 2014, 11:20:09 am »
    Makes a lovely Christmas gift.

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    Re: Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs 7-12 yrs. (99c)
    « Reply #39 on: December 27, 2014, 11:57:53 am »
    Leon hopes you all had a wonderful Christmas.

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    Re: Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs 7-12 yrs. (99c)
    « Reply #40 on: January 11, 2015, 11:56:33 am »
    Leon wishes everyone a happy new year.

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    Re: Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs 7-12 yrs. (99c)
    « Reply #41 on: January 23, 2015, 11:05:13 am »
    Hot and humid weather with lots of mosquitoes for Leon to snap up.

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    Re: Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs 7-12 yrs. (99c)
    « Reply #42 on: February 11, 2015, 05:33:09 am »
    Very hot and very humid today. Could do with more  Leons to sort out the mosquitoes.

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    Re: Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs 7-12 yrs. (99c)
    « Reply #43 on: February 20, 2015, 12:04:21 pm »
    Haven't seen a chameleon for quite some time - but their disguise is meant to conceal them   :D

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    Just finished a free run. Hope you managed to pick up a copy.

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    Leon has lots more stories to tell about his sleuthing abilities.

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    Leon has solved the case of the bottled bat. Unfortunately he wasn't paid, so can't afford the illustrations to go with his story  ::).

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    When one little boy was asked what he wanted for Christmas he said, "Another Leon story."  ;D

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