Panda-Monium, the 4th mystery in Stuart Gibbs’ FunJungle series, tops them all! Teddy Fitzroy is back, this time with a girlfriend, in another hilarious and complex plot. FunJungle is eagerly awaiting the arrival of Li Ping, a panda on loan from China. Imagine their horror when the carefully designed truck arrives and Li Ping has disappeared! This time, Teddy is relieved to take a back seat to the FBI investigation. Or so he hopes.
Teddy’s nemesis, Marge O’Malley (the security officer who has been forever accusing him of every mishap at FunJungle), blackmails him into searching for solutions. Marge is desperate to show up her pompous and condescending sister, FBI agent Molly O’Malley. What are the odds that these two would end up at the same crime scene? Teddy has faced black mambas, tigers, and sharks in previous FunJungle books, but Panda-Monium takes danger to a whole new level. And the catastrophes are truly uproarious. Although written for middle schoolers and above, I was also laughing wildly at Teddy’s adventures with dolphins and polar bears.
Stuart Gibbs continues to weave in other topics of interest to his readers, including bullying, friendships, and school cultures. All of these are painted with the same outrageous humor but keep the book grounded in relevant topics. Teddy is at his most determined, insightful, and clever, but I’ll leave you to enjoy the unveiling of the villains. I will say that one of my favorite scenes was Marge driving a golf cart wildly through FunJungle, with poor Teddy and Summer hanging on for dear life. Or maybe it was the polar bear disaster, which reveals a better side of Marge while still reminding us that she is clueless.
Panda-Monium has “perfect-for-a-movie” written all over it. I hope you enjoy it!
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