Saturday, December 1, 2012

Pansy at the Palace A Beverly Hills Mystery by Cynthia Bardes and illustrations by Kim Weissenborn

Pansy is a shelter dog.  All the other dogs get new homes, but Pansy is always left behind until one day a little girl with curly brown hair named Avery took her home.  This little poodle can’t believe her new home, The Palace Hotel in Beverly Hills and when jewelry mysteriously disappears, Pansy helps solve the mystery.  This delightful story is told from Pansy’s own point of view.

This is a wonderful book in so many ways.  Pansy at the Palace will appeal to a wide age range, from non-readers to early school age.  The pages are thick, sturdy tear-resistant pages which are perfect for younger children, and the story is intricate enough to interest early school aged children. My two-year old granddaughter loved it.  I appreciated that the story was about shelter pets and the adoption of Pansy. 

The pen & ink and watercolor illustrations by Kim Weissenborn are outstanding. This is a large hard cover book at about 12 ¼” long and 9 ¼” wide.   The detailed illustrations fill the page beautifully and the colors are bright and appealing.

I highly recommend this book and I think it would make a perfect gift book.

I received a review copy of this book in return for an honest and fair review.  I provide a link to to purchase the book, but it is only as a courtesy and I receive no compensation if purchased.


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