The Curious Detective: A Zoo of Mistakes

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Written and illustrated by Alex Patrick

A kaleidoscope of delights and mistakes for curious detectives to uncover.

Something strange is happening at the zoo . . .

Turtles are flying through the reptile house. Unicorns are next to horses in the petting zoo! And are those monkeys flying on rockets?!

Alice and Billy thought it was going to be an exciting day at the zoo—but things are about to get much more interesting! It’s up to them to investigate each part of the zoo and figure out what’s not right. Can YOU help them spot the mistakes?

Author-illustrator Alex Patrick delivers a kaleidoscope of delights and mistakes for curious detectives to uncover. Beautifully illustrated with hilarious details and adorable animals, this book promotes active thinking, discussing, and engagement with young readers.

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  • Format: Jacketed Hardcover
  • Pages: 32
  • Size: 8.1 X 10.2
  • Price: $17.99
  • Age Range: 4-8 years
  • Publication Date: August 2, 2022
  • ISBN:9781953458360

What to Expect:

  • INTERACTIVE READING ON EVERY PAGE: With direct questions to the reader, kids will have to find the mistakes to help Alice and Billy move along to the next part of the zoo!
  • ENCOURAGES KIDS TO STOP AND THINK: While this may seem like a normal zoo—something is not quite right here. Young readers will have to search through the page for both the big and small errors at the zoo and think through what they might be missing. Great for solo or group reading.
  • A FANTASTICAL ZOO SETTING: Kids are obsessed with the zoo, and for good reason! Here there’s something for everyone—from monkeys to elephants, to your more fantastical creatures like unicorns and bike-riding goldfish.
  • ANSWERS PROVIDED: The backmatter includes an answer guide for those tricky-to-find last few, and ensures all readers will finish the book happily.
  • BRIGHT, COMMERCIAL ART STYLE: There is a diverse cast of characters and animals at the zoo, all beautifully rendered in Alex Patrick’s cheerful color palette and detailed spreads.

Author Bio:

Alex Patrick was born in the Kentish town of Dartford in the South-East of England. His lifelong love for cartoons, picture books and comics has shaped him into the passionate children’s illustrator he is today. Alex loves bringing an element of fun and humour to each of his illustrations and is often found laughing to himself as he draws. Visit Alex Patrick online at


Age Range

3-8 years