The Cobra King of Kathmandu (Children of the Lamp Series #3)

The Cobra King of Kathmandu (Children of the Lamp Series #3)

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by P. B. Kerr, Ron Keith
     
 

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In the third book of the bestselling Children of the Lamp series, djinn twins, John and Philippa Gaunt, are on the trail of another magical mystery. As they travel from New York to London to Nepal and India on a whirlwind adventure, the twins try to help their friend and fellow djinn, Buck, find out who murdered his friend using the venomous snakebite of the king

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In the third book of the bestselling Children of the Lamp series, djinn twins, John and Philippa Gaunt, are on the trail of another magical mystery. As they travel from New York to London to Nepal and India on a whirlwind adventure, the twins try to help their friend and fellow djinn, Buck, find out who murdered his friend using the venomous snakebite of the king cobra. All too soon, John and Philippa find themselves caught up in the lethal world of the Cult of the Nine Cobras, only to discover that they themselves are a target of the creepy cobra cult.

NARRATED by Ron Keith

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Keri Collins
The third installment in P.B. Kerr's "Children of the Lamp" series follows djinn twins Philippa and John Gaunt across the globe in their attempt to solve the mystery of the Cult of the Nine Cobras. Thieves searching for the twins' wisdom teeth leave behind a medallion inscribed with a snake. Fellow-djinn Dybukk's best friend is murdered—killed by venom. And Uncle Nimrod and his friend Mr. Rakshasas disappear without a trace. From New York to London to Nepal to India, Philippa, John, and Dybukk encounter numerous adventures as they piece together the story behind a valuable picture, a legendary guru, and a priceless talisman. It takes all of their developing djinn powers and a little help from some friends to overcome the evil plot of a man who will stop at nothing to attain djinn power. The ending creates an excellent segue to book four, and fans of the series will be pleased with the overall development of major plots and subplots. A helpful author's note and occasional explanations within the text help readers new to the series or new to the fantasy genre understand the nature of the djinn as well as the events in previous books, allowing this novel to stand on its own. Creative use of language, likeable characters, and exotic locations will leave readers wishing for more.
VOYA - Catherine Gilmore-Clough
Djinn twins John and Philippa Gaunt return in the third installment of Kerr's Children of the Lamp series. When their sometime-friend Dybbuk e-mails them asking for help, the twins feel that they must go-despite the fact that mysterious individuals seem to be pursuing them. Traveling across several continents in an effort to find their Uncle Nimrod, the youngsters discover that he, too, is being pursued by the mysterious Cult of the Nine Cobras. Unaided, the three young djinns will have to marshal all their wits-and their wish-granting powers-to escape with their lives. Kerr gets some things just right. His djinn world continues to develop in fascinating and creative ways. Some puns are amusing, such as "djinnternal mail," wherein one djinn swallows an object and sends it to another who coughs it up. Intermittent gross-out humor will amuse many. Also the complex welter of plot threads is satisfyingly gathered and tied together at the end. But the story suffers from excess: too many scenes whose only purpose is a punch line, too many perilous situations detracting from the climax, and too many secrets revealed but not resolved. This overkill blunts the impact of the work as a whole. Passionate fans of the series will probably overlook the lack of forward momentum and may excuse the predictability of some of the twists, but other readers are unlikely to find a story that vies with all the other great fantasy series available.
School Library Journal

Gr 5-8

Djinnternal Mail, a Green Dervish, and an Uncouth Guru are just a few highlights of P.B. Kerr's fantasy adventure (Orchard Books, 2007), the third title in the series. When Dybbuck doesn't show up for a birthday party, 12-year-old djinn twins John and Phillpa suspect foul play. They track him down to discover a murder with clues of a talisman, a photograph, and Colonel Killiecrankie's journal, taking them to London, Nepal, and India. Reunited with Uncle Nimrod, Mr. Rakshasas, and Groanin, they are a tour de force against the Nine Cobra Cult's diabolical plan to harness djinn power for profit. This comical, incredulous, and derisive installment is heavily assisted by Ron Keith's narration and adept caricatures. Confounding interdisciplinary subplots using dentistry, microbiology, and cryptology are occasionally clever but will mostly puzzle listeners-especially when conjured symbols can only be heard and not viewed. To compare the purity of South East Indians to chick pea curries and making the villain a revolting, sniveling, giggling guru seems culturally insensitive. Guru Masamjhasara's existence is like a joke with a long punch-line executed by his spontaneous combustion from aerobic bacteria. The list of one-dimensional villains grows as Iblis and his minion re-enter the picture to be eaten by magical tigers. Up to this point, the series has been full of incisive humor and clever metaphors. This title is disappointing, even with Keith's stellar performance.-Ann Crewdson, Issaquah Library-KCLS, WA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545052467
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2008
Series:
Children of the Lamp Series, #3
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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