Children’s Review: The Neil Flambe Series

Available now:The Neil Flambé Capers Collection: Neil Flambé and the Marco Polo Murders; Neil Flambé and the Aztec Abduction; Neil Flambé and the Crusader’s Curse; … the Tokyo Treasure (The Neil Flambe Capers)

****3/5 stars

A famous teenage chef  – with a super-sensitive nose – helps police solve murders.Neil Flambe Series

Recommended readers:

  • Ages 8-12, Grades 3-7 (probably best for grades 4+)
  • Did you like plot in Ratatouille, the movie?
  • and have a slight interest in cooking

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 5/5 for characters
  • 4/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Neil Flambe has his own world-famous restaurant, a slew of people following his demands, and an amazing noise that helps the police solve murders. With his amazing sense of smell, the teenager analyzes crime scenes, people and places to help the authorities get to the bottom of various mysteries. As a character Flambe is arrogant, cocky but with some reason … maybe someone a grade-schooler could identify with.  In parts Flambe tends to go into a little too much detail on his culinary creations, which I’m not sure kids will identify much with. The books are well written and interesting mysteries – and Flambe a distinctive character that I could see becoming a Nickelodeon TV show. The Caper Series by Kevin Sylvester includes four great books: Neil Flambé and the Marco Polo Murders, Neil Flambé and the Aztec Abduction, Neil Flambé and the Crusader’s Curse, and Neil Flambé and the Tokyo Treasure. Great timing to get into the series before the fifth book comes out in January.

Here’s a fun video: 
Learn how to draw the fiery superchef Neil Flambe with Kevin Sylvester. Neil Flambe is a 14-year-old wunderchef. He can cook anything, and he brags that he can cook it better than anyone else. He’s cocky, but he may also be right. Patrons pay top…

Available on Amazon: The Neil Flambé Capers Collection: Neil Flambé and the Marco Polo Murders; Neil Flambé and the Aztec Abduction; Neil Flambé and the Crusader’s Curse; … the Tokyo Treasure (The Neil Flambe Capers)

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