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Saturday, 16 July 2011

Ninja Meerkats - The Clan of the Scorpion by Gareth P. Jones

Hidden in the remotest reaches of the Red Desert, in a place called Mystic Rock, legend tells of an elite fighting force of meerkats - The Clan of the Scorpion. Under the guidance of their mentor, the wise (and cryptic) Grandmaster One-Eye, and armed with ninja-know-how, these four warriors are sworn to protect the world from the evil plans of their age-old enemy, the Ringmaster...When the world's rarest tiger is stolen from a locked cage, the meerkats set about tracing the thief. Their search takes them to China, where a circus is about to unveil its latest performing animal, which apparently has special powers - could this be the latest venture of the evil Ringmaster?

What is with the sudden love for meerkats?? They started out on that tv advert and now they are everywhere!! Here they are hitting the high street book shelves in their latest hit on market dominanation!

When I received this book, I was immediately reminded of Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles, but this time with four ninja meerkats who are 'The Clan of the Scorpion'.
In this book they are trying to find a missing tiger and must travel to Hong Kong to search for him.  There are parts of the story full of adventure, times of trouble when they are trying to rescue the tiger but also comical parts - i loved the disguise they had when getting through the airport, an adapted scruffy brown suitcase. There are illustrations dotted through the book too to add to the story.

I think this book would be great for young boys, gaining confidence in reading alone or sharing with others. It would appeal to fans of martial arts or boys who want to read about something other thank football and cars.

The book also finishes with four pages dedicated to the ninja meerkats, to enable to reader to find out more about the characters.

A great idea for a new series of books, the second book in the series, The eye of the monkey, has already been released and will be reviewed on this blog soon.

Thank you to Stripes Publishing for sending me the book to review.

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