Australian Writer and Illustrator
Eileen O’Hely, illustrated by Heath McKenzie Kitten Kaboodle
Mission Two: The Lightning Opal
Walker Books 2014 $16.99 143pp
ISBN 978 1 9215 2994 8
Themes: Cats and Dogs/ Opals/ Series/ Spies
Kitten Kaboodle, Number One Secret Agent at CAT (the Clandestine Activity Taskforce) is on the job again and proves a match for the members of DOG (Disaster Organisation Group) when they try to beat him to discover the secrets lying beneath the desert at Lightning Ridge. This looks like an early chapter book for beginning readers but in spite of its looks, it is quite challenging reading for that age group and is sophisticated enough to be enjoyed (and laughed over) by readers up to 10. (Lightning Ridge is in New South Wales and is said to have the largest deposits of black opals on earth).
Year 3 up/ Age 7 up