KIZMET And The Case Of The Tassie Tiger by Frank Woodley
Published by Penguin Books Australia
Successfully and diversely working as comedian, clown, actor and acrobat, Frank Woodley has already achieved creative success. Now, he’s adding another creative element to his resume- he is also a talented children’s author.
Woodley’s latest venture is KIZMET, a children’s chapter book series.
Orange-haired Kizmet Papanicillo is an energetic, resourceful and highly effective junior detective and if her work solving The Case Of The Tassie Tiger is any indication of her investigative talents, she rivals the best in her field.
Kizmet’s adventures are narrated by her personal assistant Gretchen, who just happens to be a bird; a currajong in fact. Cheeky Gretchen is a very loyal assistant because Kizmet once saved her life.
The other member of Kizmet’s team is her father, the celebrated Detective Spencer Papanicillo, of IMPACT (the International Mysteries, Puzzles and Crimes Taskforce). Most people, including Spencer himself, believe he solves all the crimes his team works on, but Spencer is in reality a bit of a bumbler. Kizmet always saves the day.
Hot on the heels of a hectic schedule in Scotland where she solved The Riddle of The Golden Badger’s Bumhole, Kizmet solves The Case Of The Tassie Tiger too. For a while, though, it’s touch and go. A huge Tasmanian Tiger is attacking livestock in the bush…but surely, Tassie Tigers are extinct, aren’t they?
There’s much more to this mystery than meets the eye. Kizmet encounters a motley array of people and creatures as she sifts through the clues. There’s the lisping Doctor Thethil Thimpson…er, Cecil Simpson…not to mention his assistant Alice. Wrinkly Farmer Greeves is at first difficult to get on with, but quickly warms to Kizmet and introduces Cassie the stuffed goat and Lucy, the very-much-alive goat.
There’s a mysteriously disguised spy and we also meet Mrs Barbery and Eric. All the while, out in the bush near Misty Hills Farm, a monstrous creature lurks. A trail of clues is left behind by all, but only Kizmet can read them correctly.
Eventually, in a rollicking conclusion, the howling beast at the centre of the story confronts Kizmet. With the help of Gretchen and despite the bumbling contributions of her father, Kizmet must use quick thinking and ingenuity to finally reveal the facts behind The Case Of The Tassie Tiger.
Junior readers will love this funny, fast-paced chapter book, not only for the vividly drawn characters and terrific story, but also for the kid-friendly language and delightful illustrations. It will surely make readers look forward to more of young Kizmet’s quirky detecting adventures. Without doubt, the KIZMET series will become a must-have for junior readers everywhere.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author and Illustrator: Frank Woodley
Title: KIZMET And The Case Of The Tassie Tiger
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Published: July 2015