Kid’s Book Review: Agents of the Wild – Operation Sandwhiskers

Kid’s Book Review: Agents of the Wild – Operation Sandwhiskers

About the Book and Author

This is the third title in the AGENTS OF THE WILD series: fun-packed adventures for readers aged 6-10 years with wildlife conservation themes by Jennifer Bell and Alive Lickens. You can find out more about the other books in the series here, they all all published by Walker Books.

Agnes and Attie – AGENTS OF THE WILD – are off to the Sahara Desert on a mission to rescue rare baby animals from illegal wildlife traders.
When a lesser flamingo crashes into Agnes’s window-box with an urgent message for SPEARS, Agnes is ready for the call. Three rock hyrax pups have been kidnapped from their burrow in Egypt, and other baby animals are missing across Africa.

Soon Agnes and Attie find themselves trapped in an ancient Egyptian tomb at the mercy of animal poachers – can they save the animals and themselves?


Operation Sandwhiskers cover
Jen Bell and Alice Lickens

Jennifer Bell wrote her debut novel, The Uncommoners: The Crooked Sixpence, during her lunch breaks at Foyles. She signed a publishing deal with Penguin Random House and the following year, left Foyles to work at Tales On Moon Lane, an award-winning independent children’s bookshop in Herne Hill. She and her colleagues won Children’s Bookseller of the Year at the British Book Awards in 2017. The Uncommoners: The Crooked Sixpence was published in 2016 and went on to become a Waterstones Children’s book of the month and a Sunday Times bestseller. The series has been translated into sixteen different languages.

Jennifer left bookselling in 2018 to become a full-time children’s author. In 2020 she published a new series for younger readers, AGENTS OF THE WILD, which she co-created with her good friend Alice Lickens, an illustrator and winner of the prestigious Sendak Fellowship. She also published Wonderscape, a time-travel adventure story for middle-grade readers, which was selected as the Waterstones Children’s book of the month for June 2020

Alice Lickens is an author and illustrator who uses bold shapes and layers of texture to create her illustrations. As well as writing and illustrating her own books Alice is the designer at House of Illustration, in London,  the world’s first home to the art of illustration in all its forms.

Book Review

We would tell other seven and eight year olds to read this book, especially if they care about wildlife

We loved this book. We found the pictures cute and helpful as they showed us animals we’d never heard of and the gadgets were cool to see too.

Cassie’s favourite character was Attie the elephant shrew and Rowan’s was Marceline the fennec fox ninja. We also really liked Agnes. She has the same name as our great Nanny.

The book Marceline gave Agnes reminded Rowan of when Hagrid gave Harry Potter the book of his parents. The setting was very hot but exciting, but really very hot. We learnt that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover and don’t just trust someone because they’re nice to you.

Also, that it’s good to make new friends and help each other in difficult times. We liked the message in the story that it’s important to save animals and people shouldn’t trap and sell them. We are vegetarian so we always try to help animals.

We would tell other seven and eight year olds to read this book, especially if they care about wildlife.


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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Cassie and Rowan
  • Age: 7 year old twins
  • Likes: Cassie: birds, sewing and trees; Rowan: dressing-up, comic book heroes and chocolate
  • Dislikes: Cassie: wearing wet clothes; Rowan: mosquitos
  • Favourite Book: Room on the Broom and Stick Man by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
  • Favourite Film: Frozen 2 and The Lion King by Disney
  • Favourite Song: Into the Unknown by Panic! At The Disco and Stay Away from Mary Poppins