Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Book Review ~ Ra the Mighty: Cat Detective by A.B. Greenfield

An egotistical royal cat and his dung beetle sidekick track a jewelry thief in this hilarious new series set in ancient Egypt.

Can a lazy cat and a dung-obsessed beetle really crack a mystery? Ra relishes his role as the Pharaoh's beloved—and spoiled—cat. So when an amulet goes missing from the palace, Ra has no interest in solving the mystery. He would rather enjoy his snacks and nap in the warm Egyptian sun. But Ra's friend Khepri, a wise and industrious scarab beetle, insists on investigating in order to save the young servant girl who has been framed for the crime. Once Ra gets going, he decides that being a Great Detective isn't so bad; in fact, he doesn't mind being hailed as “Protector of the Weak and Defender of Justice.” The comically mismatched duo is on the case!

A cat and a dung beetle team up to solve a mystery in ancient Egypt - can you think of a more unique and fun way to bring a love of history to children? I became completely entranced in this story from page one and easily could have read it in a single sitting but forced myself to put it down every now and then to make it last!

Ra the Pharaoh's Cat lives in the lap of luxury and prefers to do nothing but nap while waiting for his next snack delivery. His best friend is a dung beetle named Khepri whose own personal snack choices obviously disgust Ra, but Khepri is hoping for a bit more excitement in his life. It comes when lovely ladycat Miu asks for their help clearing the name of her friend, a little girl who has been unjustly accused of stealing a valuable amulet and is at risk of being executed. Ra is reluctant to get involved but is finally guilted into assuming the role of Great Detective with Khepri riding shotgun - literally - as his sidekick. While investigating they uncover palace intrigue among both the two and four-legged residents before uncovering the unlikely culprit.

I loved everything about this story - the setting, the adorable lead characters, their hilarious banter, and the sweet illustrations by Sarah Horne are just the icing on the cake. I only hope Ra and Khepri have many more adventures ahead of them because I already want to spend more time with the dynamic duo again! Ra the Mighty is feline fun for children of all ages.

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  1. This sounds like a most interesting set of "detectives" in an equally interesting setting :)
    Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ

  2. Sounds great! Thanks, Melissa and Mudpie!

  3. This sounds like it will be so much fun to read. It's one of those books that childhood me would have picked up off the library shelf in a heartbeat. I may not be a kid anymore, but I have no doubt I'll enjoy reading this. Thank you for yet another purrfect book review!

  4. Thanks for the share. This really sounds like a fun book. Plus a cat and a dung beetle. Talk about an unusual team. Great to see wonderful books like these. We will have to check it out. Have a wonderful day.
    World of Animals

  5. That cover is something else! I want to know how the book ends!

  6. A cat and a dung beetle - what a odd but fun pairing!