Kid’s Book Review: Indiana Bones and the Lost Library

Kid’s Book Review: Indiana Bones and the Lost Library

About the Book, Author and Illustrator

Indiana Bones, and his best friend, Aisha have to gather their wits, courage and plenty of snacks to sniff out clues to solve a mystery at the Temple of Diana at Ephesus in Turkey.

But nothing is ever simple for our heroes, and the slippery Serpent and stinky Ringo are still hot on their tails, determined to thwart their every move.

This is the second doggy detective escapade for Indiana Bones.  You can read our review of the first book here

Scooby Doo is definitely no longer the only canine detective whose mystery-solving antics entertain children.

Indiana Bones and the Lost Library
Harry Heape

Harry Heape is the author of the Shiny Pippin series of books for children that are also published by Faber. He lives in Yorkshire and you can find out more about his aspiration to become a police dog on his website.

Rebecca Bagley is a freelance illustrator and book designer based in Bath, England. After Graduating from a BA in Graphic Communication, Rebecca meandered pretty quickly into kid’s publishing as an assistant designer…and just didn’t leave. Though she still designs stuff for children’s publishing from time to time, she is mostly busy being an illustrator, which involves drawing and colouring things in, like a real grown up.

Book Review

And who doesn't love a magic dog? I really, really, really loved it!

I wasn’t sure if I would know what was going on in this book as I haven’t read the first one. But the author did a great job of introducing me to the characters and the plot of the last book so I never felt like I needed to read the first one. My favourite character was Dimitar Vakondember because he helped Indiana stop the evil serpent and Castle and the dumb henchman, Ringo. I liked that he started the book not liking archaeologists and being a bit grumpy but ended up being really friendly to Aisha.

Aisha and Indiana are trying to find the Avenger’s lost treasure (the Avenger was a French Knight) but they are racing against Castle, the serpent and Ringo. The story is really exciting, I read this in one evening as I couldn’t put it down. It is a great adventure story with tonnes of suspense and twists and turns. I liked that I wasn’t sure what would happen next. The story is also funny and I loved the friendship between Aisha and Indiana. I also liked how smart Indiana is.

The illustrations, though not many, were greatly detailed, my favourite was the drawing of Old Meg (Dimitar’s Flying Machine). It definitely made me want to ride in Old Meg even more than the description had. I hope there is another Indiana Bones story coming soon and I hope that it includes Dimitar’s idea for an underwater Meg!

This book is for you if you like stories about adventure and exploring and want to be kept on the edge of your seat. And who doesn’t love a magic dog? I really, really, really loved it!

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Jonah
  • Age: 9 years
  • Likes: Watching YouTube, Lego and reading
  • Dislikes: Homework, chores and mushrooms
  • Favourite Book: Battle of the Beetles by M.G. Leonard
  • Favourite Song: Wonderful by Oasis
  • Favourite Film: Cool Runnings