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In searching for a lost parrot who recites Shakespeare with a stutter, Jupiter Jones' firm of young detectives becomes involved with a missing masterpiece....
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In searching for a lost parrot who recites Shakespeare with a stutter, Jupiter Jones' firm of young detectives becomes involved with a missing masterpiece.
This was the book that initiated a fanatical interest in The Three Investigators series for me and my sister. When I was 10 years old my mother brought this book home for me one day, no doubt because she knew I liked parrots and this story was about a parrot. I absolutely loved the book. Soon we had to have every book of the series. Although many childhood books seem awful when reread in adulthood, that was not the case for me in this series: even now the books come across as clever, charming, action-packed, passably realistic, and describe a wonderfully unique, more innocent world and era where clever youth can outwit adults. The verbal humor is great, like Pete's complaint "As straightforward as two pretzels wrestling," as is the Southern California ambience, like "he dove into the thickest part of the fog, where he could just make out a clump of eucalyptus trees." These books are ideal for kids growing up in Southern California. Trivial complaint: I wish the author knew how to capitalize scientific names correctly, like in "Vitis vinifera," because that error is annoyingly frequent everywhere, including here.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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