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  • Published: 29 May 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143784166
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $15.99

Lexi and Lottie 2: Art for Art's Sake


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An artist gorilla, a sneaky impostor and an unlikely twist. The trusty Twin Detectives are on the case!

An artist gorilla, a sneaky impostor and an unlikely twist. The trusty Twin Detectives are on the case!
Camilla the gorilla who lives at Appleton Animal Park loves to paint and her colourful canvases are proudly displayed outside her enclosure. But when someone steals her paintings, Camilla starts refusing to eat. Lexi and Lottie along with Fred and their trusty sidekick Mozart soon find the artworks for sale in a local gallery, but can’t prove they were painted by the gorilla. So, with Camilla’s well-being in mind, the Twin Detectives take extreme action and use their identical appearances to try and reclaim the art.

Can the Twin Detectives reunite Camilla the gorilla with her paintings and catch the art-dealing culprit?

  • Pub date: 29 May 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143784166
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $15.99

About the Author

Melanie Alexander

Melanie is a multi-award winning screenwriter and currently works at SLR Productions where she is in charge of writing and development on productions. Melanie has been in the Television writing industry for 16 years and is a highly acclaimed children’s television writer for many award winning series. Melanie has been the Script Producer and Editor of successful SLR TV series such as the adapted UK picture books Captain Flinn and The Pirate Dinosaurs, and the acclaimed classic property Guess How Much I Love You™.

She also teaches Writing for Children’s Television at the Australian Film, TV and Radio School and her writing career spans live-action, puppetry, animation, multimedia platforms and character costume plays. Melanie has a background in teaching and spent ten happy years teaching children ranging from four to 12 years, which has given her great insight into her audience.

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Praise for Lexi and Lottie 2: Art for Art's Sake

“I quite enjoyed the process of deduction, with a dash of humour and adventure, as the clues are collected. This story, and presumably the series, fits nicely into the somewhat odd gap between Dora the Explorer and the Trixie Belden mysteries, blending information and detection into an enjoyable story. The point is also made, I was glad to find, that taking animals without understanding the care they need can be harmful to the animal in question. As a side note, I was pleased to see that the font size and format was very accessible for a young reader, with just enough cartoon-style illustration to keep a visual interest. Readers aged 7 to 10 who like animals, mysteries and problem-solving should enjoy this story, although the books do seem to be marketed more firmly at girls.”

Emily Clarke, CBCA Reading Time

“There are several suspects and Lexi and Lottie have to work their way through the information to remove the innocent from their lists. This allows the reader to try to deduce the crime with the twins and attempt to work out themselves who the true criminal is. These books will appeal to students who have enjoyed the cartoons or those who like detective style books. Suitable for students aged 6 to 10 year olds.”

Jane Moore, ReadPlus


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