The Klampie Mysteryby Luis Rodriguez
Samantha and her parents go on an adventure ‘down under’ to Australia. Samantha gets a stuffed koala and names it "Klampie" since his arms clamp onto anything, like a real koala. Follow Samantha as she is amazed by the differences between the two countries. And then something unexpected happens on the plane ride home—the koala on Samantha's backpack turns out to be a real…a real mystery!
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- 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.25(d)
- Age Range:
- 3 - 8 Years
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The Klampie Mystery is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
Do you know what kind of mammal a koala is? Is it a bear? Well, Samantha Parker, who lives with her parents in San Diego, CA, is going to find out. The Parkers are planning to spend Christmas in Australia, visiting some relatives in a little town near Sydney. Before they go, Samantha’s dad buys her a life-sized, plush koala so she can start feeling some of the excitement of Australia. She names it Klampie because its arms can clamp onto almost anything, just like a real koala, and she clamps it onto her backpack. The Parkers enjoy their trip and seeing Uncle Tim and Aunt Sophie. However, on the plane ride home, something amazing happens. The koala in Samantha’s backpack turns out to be a real—well, a real mystery! What happens to Klampie? And will Samantha ever see her stuffed toy again? All children love teddy bears. The Klampie Mystery is a fun story that includes a lot of interesting facts about koalas and about Australia. Did you know that when it’s winter in America, it’s summer in Australia? Samantha even gets to spend Christmas at a “barbie” on the beach! What’s that? And how do you think you would like it? Author Luis Rodriguez also adds a little touch of mystery. The reader will be in on what’s happening, but it’s something that Samantha and her family will be wondering about later on. There is a page of information about the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus), and the endsheets show the route of a plane trip from San Diego to Sydney and back again. Kids will have a great time learning with Samantha about the differences in weather, time, and customs between the United States and the land “down under,” as well as looking at Rodriguez’s wonderful, full-color illustrations.
My daughter has amassed a horde of “friends” (stuffed animals). We can’t go anywhere without one of them tagging along. They all have names, most of which I can never remember from day to day. She loves each and everyone one of them and I’m sure, in their own way, they love her too. I think that is why we loved the book “The Klampie Mystery”. The Klampie Mystery is an adorable story about a lucky little girl named Samantha who has the opportunity to travel to Australia for her Christmas vacation. To help prepare her for her trip, her father buys her a stuffed Koala with arms that will clamp onto anything, just like a real Koala. Samantha takes Klampie with her on vacation and that is where the mystery begins… As we followed Samantha (and Klampie) on her vacation in Australia my daughter was introduced to many new words like “barbie” and eucalyptus. We only read a couple of pages each night at bedtime, which left us some time to talk about some of the new things we learned. I can’t say that it was only my daughter who learned things, I learned some new things about Koala’s that I never knew too! In my opinion the book is geared toward older children who may not quite be at the “chapter book” stage, but who need something more challenging than “baby books”. The Klampie Mystery is a full colour illustrated book. I would have liked the illustration colours to be a bit more vibrant, but my daughter enjoyed them just the way they were. She enjoyed searching for Klampie on each page. This was a perfect book for my daughter. We are struggling to get her to sleep through the night and are very restrictive on the types of books we allow her to read in the evening. The Klampie Mystery was engaging but didn’t have any “scary” monsters in it which made it perfect for us to read to her at bedtime. The story can be a bit detailed at time, but is definitely a book I’d read again and again with my children. Luis Rodriguez - Author Luis Rodriguez is the author of The Klampie Mystery. He is the director of a child care center and the book is the result of his work with children and his love of writing. I received the The Klampie Mystery mentioned above for this review. No monetary compensation was received by me. This is my completely honest opinion above and may differ from yours.