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    Children (and parents) love the humour/humor.

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    It teaches children in a fun way about the smaller creatures that live in South Africa.

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    Still only 99c for the first in the series.

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    A fun read for children - and their parents.


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    Hope you take a peek inside  :)

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    In the process of converting the files ready to do some print copies through CreateSpace. Quite a learning curve   ::)

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    Re: Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs 7-12 yrs. KU
    « Reply #59 on: August 08, 2015, 02:44:10 am »
    Print copies should be available in a month or so. Just waiting for proof copies to arrive from the US.

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    Re: Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs 7-12 yrs. KU
    « Reply #60 on: August 17, 2015, 03:06:52 am »
    Will have to be patient awaiting the proof print copies  ::)


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    Re: KU Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs IN PRINT
    « Reply #62 on: September 04, 2015, 06:44:19 am »
    Just had this lovely review  :)

    Set in Durban, South Africa, Leon Chameleon P.I. and the case of the missing canary eggs brings together a wonderful cast of animal characters as the mystery of an egg caper unfolds. With a good dose of humor along the way, the realities of life in the wild are not diluted moles really dont see very well, birds prance and strut, and sometimes rats get hungry and these fantastic creatures stay true to character.
    The author does a marvelous job of cleverly inserting facts about the animals we meet in Pigeon Valley throughout this middle grade detective story. The lovely illustrations throughout the story give the animals their own personalities Constable Mole wears sunglasses and Spotted Eagle Owl, the judge, puts her big eyes to use that will help young readers remember the unique features of this wonderful South African cast.
    Selected as a Jay Heales BOOKCHAT AWARD winner in the 1993 South African Books of the Year, Leon Chameleon P.I. and the case of the missing canary eggs has recently been released as an ebook. For more information, visit Just4Kix Books, the authors fun and fact-filled website, to check out all of Jan Hurst-Nicholsons books, see drawings and details about the cast of characters in Leon Chameleon P.I. books and read a sample.
    A sincere thank you to the author for providing a digital copy of the book and introducing me to her wonderful stories. Ive just added another of her books, Bheki and the Magic Light, right on the top of my ever-expanding TBR pile!

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    Re: FREE Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs
    « Reply #63 on: September 12, 2015, 01:40:55 am »
    Leon will be FREE on Amazon from 11-15th September

    Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs



    Selected as one of Bookchat Magazine's 1993 South African Books of the Year.

    When Mrs Canarys eggs mysteriously disappear, a frantic Mr Canary dashes straight off to the Pigeon Valley Police for help. Unfortunately, Sergeant Loerie and Constable Moles hasty attempts to make an arrest lead them to the wrong suspects. Leon Chameleon PI, who has quietly kept an eye on developments, decides it is time to step in and offer his services after all, isnt he the best Private Eye in Pigeon Valley? He puts all his skills to work and finds vital clues which Loerie had overlooked. Now a daring plan is needed to trap the suspects and bring them before Spotted Eagle Owls Court, where Leon springs his final surprise

    Janet Hurst-Nicholson draws on the habits and characteristics of the small creatures living in Pigeon Valley, Durban, to create a thrilling detective story. Barbara McGuires illustrations capture the storys humour, while portraying the animals as they really are.

    A humorous, animal detective story for 7 12 year-olds, and great fun for parents to read to younger children.

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    Re: KU Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs
    « Reply #64 on: September 27, 2015, 08:07:49 am »
    Got this lovely 5 star review on Goodreads  :).

    I bought this book for the pictures, but ended up enjoying it most for the story. The author strikes the exact right blend of natural observation and fun story-telling, so we learn about South African wildlife at the same time we ponder an intriguing whodunit.

    My only minor complaint is the price, which I assume is due to the book being printed in color. But most of the illustrations are black and white, and I think even the color ones would have looked good in graytone. In the end, suspect the book could sell for a third of the price if it weren't printed in color.

    That minor quibble aside, I'd recommend Leon Chameleon to adults and children alike. The biggest question is --- which of my friends and family should I lend it to first?


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    Re: KU Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs
    « Reply #65 on: October 06, 2015, 10:42:32 am »
    Great idea for a Christmas present  :)

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    Re: KU Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs
    « Reply #66 on: October 16, 2015, 03:35:59 am »
    It's entertaining and educational (but the children only notice the entertaining part )

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    Re: KU Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs
    « Reply #67 on: October 25, 2015, 04:06:03 am »
    This is Leon's first case. He also solved the case of the kidnapped mouse

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    Re: KU Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs
    « Reply #68 on: November 11, 2015, 12:25:38 am »
    Leon has also solved the case of the bottled bat, but waiting until I can afford to get it illustrated before publishing  :(.

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    Re: GIFT IDEA Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs
    « Reply #69 on: November 18, 2015, 11:37:59 am »
    The PRINT version would make a lovely stocking-filler for Christmas  :)

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    Re: GIFT IDEA Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs
    « Reply #70 on: December 04, 2015, 09:34:40 am »
    Just sold two copies for a Gran to send to her grandchildren overseas so they will learn a little bit about the country where they were born.

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    Re: GIFT IDEA Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs
    « Reply #71 on: December 17, 2015, 11:32:20 am »
    Lovely gift for a child age 7 - 12 yrs and for parents to read to younger children.

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    Re: KU Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs
    « Reply #72 on: December 28, 2015, 11:07:21 am »
    If you enjoy this story you  will also enjoy Leon's second case - the case of the kidnapped mouse.

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    Re: KU Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs
    « Reply #73 on: January 07, 2016, 05:24:12 am »
    Children will learn about the small creatures of South Africa.

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    Re: KU Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs
    « Reply #74 on: February 20, 2016, 12:18:06 am »
    I've recently moved to a retirement village and already have one customer who has bought three of my Leon books to send to grandchildren overseas. The feedback has been lovely and the children and their parents are enjoying the books by reading them together  :)

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