The mystery of the missing lion A Precious Ramotswe mystery for young readers

Alexander McCall Smith, 1948-

Book - 2014

Staying with Aunty Bee at a safari camp in the Botswana countryside where a film crew is making a movie about a lion, nine-year-old Precious Ramotswe and her resourceful new friend Khumo use their detective skills to find the movie star lion when he goes missing.

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Series
McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948- No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series.
Subjects
Published
New York : Anchor Books, a division of Random House LLC 2014.
Language
English
Item Description
"Originally published in Great Britain as Precious and the Mystery of the Missing Lion by Polygon, an imprint of Birlinn Ltd, Edinburgh, in 2013"--Copyright page.
Includes reader's guide.
Physical Description
90 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 20 cm
ISBN
9781101872024
1101872020
Main Author
Alexander McCall Smith, 1948- (-)
Other Authors
Iain McIntosh (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

The third mystery featuring Precious Ramotswe, who grows up to found the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, centers around a visit with her aunt. Aunty Bee lives at the top of Botswana in the Okavango Delta, a wild part of the country and home to a variety of animals. When Precious arrives, she does meet up with a lion—a tame one that's appearing in a movie that's being shot on location. In the simple mystery that follows, Precious is able to locate the lion when it disappears into the bush. Whether a tame lion would be able to assimilate so quickly with a native pride as depicted here is debatable, but children will probably be more astounded by the freedom Precious has, from getting a ride on a crowded truck with virtual strangers as she travels north to heading off in a canoe on a river surrounded by untamed forests. This is an attractive package, with a compact but entertaining mystery full of fascinating details bolstered by McIntosh's intriguing graphic illustrations. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: McCall Smith has yet another hit on his hands with this early chapter-book series, and fans will be waiting. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 2–4—Precious is nine years old and enjoying all that life in Botswana has to offer. A letter from her aunt, who lives in the Okavango Delta, invites her niece to join her for a few days at her home at Eagle Island Camp. Along the way, Precious uses her sharp, problem-solving skills and generous nature to get her traveling companions to their destination. Upon arrival, Precious discovers that a film crew is at the camp shooting a movie, and Precious is allowed to watch and, even better, assist. The child is much appreciated for her hard work and diligence when she is called upon to use her developing detective skills to solve a mystery involving a trained lion, an intergral part of the movie, that disappears. The author's detailed storytelling skills take readers right into the lush Okavango Delta. This easy chapter book is great for cross-curricular projects on Botswana or safari animals, and the spot art does a wonderful job of calling attention to subtleties of the story. A must-have title that exemplifies diversity in fiction.—Amy Shepherd, St. Anne's Episcopal School, Middleton, DE [Page 76]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The author's third exciting adventure for young Precious Ramotswe, years before she founded the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, includes illustrations by an award-winning artist and tells the story of how Precious and her resourceful friend Khumo used their detective skills to track down an escaped lion. Simultaneous and eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Staying with Aunty Bee at a safari camp in the Botswana countryside where a film is being made about a lion, Precious Ramotswe and her new friend Khumo use their detective skills to find the movie star lion when he goes missing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Staying with Aunty Bee at a safari camp in the Botswana countryside where a film crew is making a movie about a lion, nine-year-old Precious Ramotswe and her resourceful new friend Khumo use their detective skills to find the movie star lion when he goesmissing.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A detective in the wild.Precious Ramotswe gets a very special treat. She gets a trip to visit her Aunty Bee at a safari camp. On her first day in camp, a new lion arrives. But this is no average lion: Teddy is an actor-lion who came with a film crew. When Teddy escapes, Precious and her resourceful new friend Khumo decide to use their detective skills to help track him. They will brave the wilds of the bush—and its hippos and crocodiles—as they try to find where Teddy has gone.With a Reader's Guide and a Special Recipe