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May 22 2017

Captain Jimmy Cook discovers X marks the spot by Kate and Jol Temple

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Ill. by Jon Foye. Allen and Unwin, 2017. ISBN 9781760291945
(Age: 8-9) Recommended. Jimmy Cook is an eccentric Grade 3 student and also an explorer, science whiz kid and adventurer and in this second book in the Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers series he digs for dinosaurs, digs for buried treasure, causes a major plumbing disaster at school, creates an amazing robot that saves his Dad from a lifetime of chasing flies with a vacuum cleaner, and generally creates havoc. Jimmy's general lack of awareness of the consequences of his actions lead to many twisted moments, and even a few opportunities to visit the Principal's office. With quirky line drawings that illustrate the impossible tasks that Jimmy explores with vigour, the Temple co-writers have created another book that will appeal to young readers whose main aim is to be entertained and to laugh as they read. This book will appeal to readers aged 8-9, and even older readers whose humour is locked at year 3 level will get a chuckle at the misadventures of this not-so-famous explorer.
Carolyn Hull

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