Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Mom to his 11-year-old daughter.
This was one of the 15 Sunshine State Books that my daughter hopes to read this school year. We listened to it together and the audible file enhanced the telling of the story. Listening and reading has improved my daughter's reading abilities. Recommend it.
A fun book read by a great narrator. It was surprisingly easy to see Carlson as 11-year-old Zoey. She also does a nice job with doing different voices for the other characters as well. That makes it easier to know who is speaking. And I absolutely loved the setting and how it was presented in the story. India is a fascinating place, but there aren't a lot of children's books set there and the one's that are are mostly historical fiction. So it was fun to listen to a fantasy, adventure story set in India that while a lot of things were made up the culture shines through so well.
Zoey is very appealing heroine with mostly good sense, who has to put up with Zak's curiosity and impulsiveness. Yet she has her own reasons for getting involved with 'rhino butt' and his map and a leopard who had never been photographed. When the kid's parents have to leave and the kids are left in the care of a rent-a-nanny, things really start to happen, especially when the kids end up stuck in a trunk being flown, who knows where. And what's this about a ghost leopard, and how on earth are two kids supposed to save a mythical creature in a foreign land? Read/listen to the book and find out! Highly recommended.