Leon the chameleon is missing! But ace detective Private I. Guana is on the case.
|Publisher:||Chronicle Books LLC|
|Product dimensions:||9.62(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.17(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Nina Laden grew up in the New York City area. The daughter of two artists, she studied illustration at Syracuse University. She is the author and illustrator of The Night I Followed the Dog, also published by Chronicle Books.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Nina Laden¿s Private I. Guana: The Case of the Missing Chameleon is a very amusing take off of 1940s private eye film noir detective stories. She is an author/illustrator who delightfully infuses her stories with visual and literary puns, and her books work on several levels. It is a story about private eye I. Guana and a case brought to him by Liz, a lizard who is trying to find her missing chameleon partner, Leon. I. Guana asks her ¿By the way, what color was he when you last saw him?¿ Along the way to solving the case, there is a bullfrog chief of police ¿who had a habit of jumping to conclusions,¿ and a fun place known as The Lizard Lounge where the detective comes across a singing sensation, Camille and the Gila Girls. This book could be used with high school students to illustrate visual puns, literary puns, humor, parodies, and homages to different film genres. The fact that Camille turns out to be Leon lends a transgender dimension to the story that probably was not intended when it was published in 1995, but provides another amusing way the book can be used with high school students. I. Guana came before two of my favorite children¿s books, When Pigasso Met Mootisse and Roberto the Insect Architect. Reading it recently after spending years teaching with her other books renewed my appreciation for this author/illustrator. Target audience is K through adult.