I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Case File: Little Claws by Eliot Schrefer
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on January 12, 2021
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New York Times bestselling author Eliot Schrefer introduces a delightful and dynamic animal duo in a race against time to save a polar bear cub in the first book in this hilarious and heartwarming middle grade series about friendship and conservation.
When a little polar bear cub winds up trapped on an ice floe heading out to sea, his mother knows there’s only one place to turn: the Animal Rescue Agency!
Dashing Esquire Fox used to organize the world’s most elaborate chicken raids, until the day she encountered Mr. Pepper. Meeting the blustery old rooster changed her heart, convincing her to turn from a life of crime and instead form the Animal Rescue Agency, which masterminds rescue operations across the globe.
Esquire and her unlikely chicken business manager, Mr. Pepper, coordinate with their far-flung agents to get them to the Arctic. In that frozen land they learn that what happened to the polar bear cub was no accident—and that saving him will pit them against the scariest predator in the world: a human.
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Here is what I thought
It starts off with Little Claw playing around outside with his mother Big Claw. They are romping in the snow and Little Claw throwing snowballs and he runs ahead and then there is an mishap and Little Claw ends up on a little ice flow out in the middle of the river and Big Claw can’t get to him. So she calls on the Animal Rescue Agency.
Esquire Fox gets the call about Little Claw and at first they think it’s a hippo from the sketch they had. Esquire is all excited about taking the mission though Mr. Pepper, the rooster, is not, but he won’t let Esquire run off without him so they set out to find Little Claw. It’s only later they find out it’s a baby polar bear and get a little worried.
Even if he is one of the largest predator around the little guy is in trouble and Esquire is going to do whatever she can to help him out. They find a town to help them out and get directions on how to get the the polar bear, but while they are doing so Esquire notices a man. They end up finding out the hard way that this guy is a trapper of some sort and fall into his trap, thankfully Mr. Pepper got away and could cut the net for Esquire and they can get away. Now they know they have to deal with the man and try and rescue the polar bear.
This was cute for the substance that it was and I did find parts of it to be fun but I think my overall enjoyment was dampered by the fact that the Fox wasn’t very good at rescuing. I think she might have been new to it and a bit over eager and the Agency isn’t run by anyone official as far as I could tell. I think she was overly ambitious to do something exciting and that lead to her getting into more trouble than rescuing. 🙂 It’s a series so maybe the fox will learn with time.
I do think it’s a fun little story that young readers will enjoy especially if they like books involving talking animals. My favorite character is Mr. Pepper, the rooster who wears a tea cozy for a shirt! 🙂