Parent reviews for Belly Up: FunJungle, Book 1

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Common Sense says

age 8+

Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 13 reviews

age 13+

An inventive and fun mystery with a few caveats

An inventive and fun mystery set at a new zoo / theme park in Texas. Due to the animal theme, I was expecting the story to be targeted at a younger audience. However, like the author's other main series, Spy School, this first entry contains a surprising amount of swearing from the adult characters in the book. But Gibbs dials that back a good deal for the later books in the series. Still, I plan to skip this series for my younger daughter until she's a few years older. Also as the Common Sense review mentions, there is a scene where the main character (12) and an older teen girl strip down to their underwear to enter a pool as they investigate a hippo's murder. There are also a variety of gross out scenes describing dead animals being autopsied, and one where a hippo's carcass drops from a height and explodes in a gory wave over a bunch of bystanders.

This title has:

Too much swearing
age 13+

Great Book For Mature Child A lot of swearing for a childrens book

me And my family read this book I totally do not think this is age-appropriate for 8 yr olds it has so much language for a children's book Words included are: Bastard, Hell, Oh God, Damn, Etc, it was an amazing written book though on a bunch of animals in a zoo and one being murdered and the main character (teddy) trying to figure out who murdered Henry (the Hippo) also for kids who get very disturbed by dead stuff and organs because there is an autopsy in this book which is performed by the doctor and they dig through his organs trying to find the cause of his death it is also very descriptive on the autopsy it's a great book for a mature child there is basically no sex except the author describing how pretty a 13 yr old girl is and how teddy gets lost in her beautiful blue eyes sorry for the long review

This title has:

Educational value
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 14+

Not for kids under 14

My 9 year old just finished this book and while he enjoyed it, he reported several curse words and "extensive use of the word crap". He did not feel that these words added to the story, instead they were distracting and useless. The story was hilarious and offered a good mystery, but he said there were too many swear words.

This title has:

Too much swearing