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Rory Branagan (Detective): Rory Branagan Book 1 Paperback – 19 March 2018
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‘A pure page turner … So good I bought it at lunch and had it finished before I went to bed. Every page is packed with comedy adventure and beautiful illustrations.' Joseph, aged 11
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This is the first book in a new series to do with a young boy who becomes a detective.
It’s a paperback book with 352 pages. The given read age for this book is 8 to 12 years old.
Rory Branagan is a young boy who is annoyed with never being told anything. Especially when it comes to his Dad, as he disappeared when Rory was 3 years old, no one will tell him about him. He doesn’t know whether he’s alive or dead, so he decides it’s about time he finds out what’s going on for himself.
Rory’s best friend is a little sausage dog called Wilkins Welkin; he spends a lot of time with him and both enjoy having lots of fun together. Wilkins belongs to his neighbour Mrs Welkin.
Mrs Welkins lives in the terraced house next door to Rory, but the house on the other side has been empty for three years, that is untill Rory sees that someone is moving in, so he decides to go and investigate.
The family have a young girl called Cassidy Corrigan, she tells Rory that she’s a detective too and she’ll help him find out what’s happened to his Dad. That’s when their first adventure begins and their troubles start.
That’s all I’m going to say about the book as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who wants to read it.
At the front of the book, you’ll find two pages introducing you to all the characters that are in the story.
It’s a lovely first detective book for children to read. The story it’s light hearted and at times funny and it also has some lovely back and white
At the back of the book, you’re given a sneak peek at the second book in the series.
My eldest really enjoyed reading this story as she found it comical, she also found it easy to read, there was just the odd word she had to ask about, as she’d not seen it before. Now she’s looking forward to the next one in the series. :-)
I can recommend this book. :-)
The story is decent and sets up later books in the series quite nicely. To my mind, I can see the obvious humour and the writing style is witty and interesting, but I didn't find it particularly hilarious. My son, however, was properly entertained and that is the main thing, I guess.
Although the layout and illustrations make the book very accessible, I do question whether it takes too much away from the reader's own imagination. Pages featuring just two or three words and a drawing can have dramatic impact but this format doesn't introduce a child to fully-fledged novels. It also means it isn't a terribly long read, despite the page count. I would question how many re-reads it would get bearing in mind how slight it all is overall.
However, it is fun and the characters are fleshed-out just enough for you to root for them. A nice, if not essential, entry into the extremely crowded children's market which I've no doubt will go down well while it lasts.
But as Rory and Cassidy start to investigate, they’re distracted by the unusual goings on at the house of Rory’s friend, Corner Boy Gilligan. What’s wrong with the Gilligan’s guinea pig, Mike Tyson and why is Corner Boy’s dad unwell and what does it have to do with the new restaurant the Deadly Pirate, which has just opened in town?
Andrew Clover’s comedy mystery for children aged 9+ (the first in a series and illustrated by Ralph Lazar) is a genuinely funny read that does a good job of showing Rory’s frustration and sadness at being without his dad (including through some wonderful flights of fancy) and has a quirky cast of side characters but the plot is very slight and at times risks being overshadowed by the great illustrations.
I thought that Rory is a genuinely engaging character who I think children would easily relate to. I particularly liked his burgeoning friendship with Cassidy (who has some mysteries of her own but who is confident and assertive and won’t let herself be bullied) and I believed in his relationship with his annoying older brother Seamus (who doesn’t think that Rory will ever be a proper detective). Clover does a good job of setting up the central mystery of why Rory’s dad left but I was a little disappointed that it’s a question that doesn’t get resolved in this book (although presumably it will run through the rest of the books in the series as an overriding arc).
The plot itself here is quite thin and doesn’t really get going until almost half way through the book as Clover sets up his characters and their situations and I think that more confident readers will quickly work out the villain even if the motivation doesn’t really make much sense. I think that the illustrations and the characterisations just about get around this (although the illustrations seem to me more extensive than the writing and although I did like the illustrations as they’re quirky and individual, they do risk overshadowing it).
The supporting cast are enjoyably quirky and I particularly liked Corner Boy Gilligan who stands on a street corner with a spear and has guinea pigs and I’m looking forward to seeing more of Wilkins Welkin the sausage dog who is one of Rory’s best friends. It’s worth saying that the humour also works well – I think that Clover does particularly well at getting into the frustrations of a 10 year old boy in a humorous way that the target age group will be able to relate to.
My issues aside, this is an enjoyable read and I think there’s a lot of potential in the series, which I would definitely check out.
And so when new neighbour "probably the best-looking girl I've ever seen, and she is definitely the most CONFIDENT" Cassidy Callaghan arrives and befriends him they set out detecting just where Rory's dad is whilst uncovering other mysteries that need solving along the way.
What makes the book great is Rory's fanciful imagination which is always going into interesting places, all of which are illustrated along the way. For example he imagines he would "be some kind of super-Detective who flies round the world solving crime," or that his brother "could not have been more surprised if a unicorn had come in (which was tap dancing and singing the songs of Justin Bieber)." And the illustrations make this book great too. Fans of Tom Gates will love as there is plenty going on with the illustrations. It makes the 300+ page book very readable for children.
True there are bits at the end which are unfinished (there are more books in the series which will presumably pick these up) but this book was a work of art with a funny story suitable for children and adults who like a visual, fun story.
The story is of Rory Branagan, a boy who becomes a detective because a) no-one ever tells him anything b) because he wants to know why his dad disappeared 7 years ago and c) thanks to his new neighbour Cassidy's encouragement. With Cassidy as his accomplice, they begin their investigations, but soon come across a real crime and have to solve it to protect friends and loved ones from harm - but will Rory find out what's happened to his Dad? Well you will have to read the book for yourself.
There are loads of really funny references and moments to make you smile or laugh out loud (I loved the reference to a pufferfish with hair like Donald Trump with an illustration to match in particular!) and my daughter loved the end of the story for Mike Tyson the guinea pig.
If your son or daughter likes books like Barry Loser or Tom Gates (i.e. books that are a bit of a book, but with plenty of pictures and sometimes only one sentence on a page), with fun and adventure, then this will be as big a hit in your household as ours. My daughter can't wait for the next instalment (there is a sneak preview at the end of the book).
The plotline is based around the imagination of a boy called Rory Branagan who likens himself to a detective. Rory is NEVER TOLD ANYTHING (frequent use of upper case or italics to emphasise the point. This is done often, just as children do in real life!) Rory’s dad has disappeared and he does not know what has happened to him. It is sad that his mum cannot discuss separation with her son and Rory does experience anxiety but yet the children reading this book may well empathise and sympathise. Indeed, there seems to be only one dad living with his family in the entire street.
The story is set out in chapters but these are short with often just a picture rather than words on a page. The plot appears to be set in Ireland with words like ‘eejit’, ‘bejayzus’ and the children themselves have Irish names like Seamus. The comedy arises from the plotline and language. The children like to use long words but sometimes in the wrong context so that Cassidy Corrigan (or is that Callaghan?) wishes to become Rory’s ‘accomplice’ rather than his ‘deputy’.
Ideal for readers aged 7+
Rory Branagan is a ten year old boy who wants to become a detective in order to find his dad. He is fed up with not being told anything and one of the things he is most keen to find out is why his dad left when he was three. Rory lives with his mum and brother. His best friend is Wilkins Welkins, his neighbours sausage dog.
In this story, we met all of Rory’s friends and neighbours. These include Corner Boy, new neighbour, Cassidy Corrigan, who joins Rory in his sleuthing, and evil brother, Seamus. This is a fun, exciting adventure, with lots of humour, which will appeal to reluctant readers.
I gave it to my son and in 2 days he had finished it. So not a tough read. I asked him what he thought of it and he loved it. Wanted to take it to school and show it off to his friends. Not much higher praise than that from him.
The story is about detectives searching to find out what happened to the dad, finding 4 suspects and continuing on from there.
I would recommend for children who like funny books