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Wombat & Jones: The Great Banana Mystery by Arran Francis - Audio Book Blitz & Review



Wombat & Jones: The Great Banana Mystery

Wombat and Jones are excited to attend the famous Boris Beaker's banana bread baking class and like many other friends in town they can't wait to get to work on making scrumptious banana bread. However, theres just one problem — before class gets underway, Boris discovers that all of the bananas have gone missing!
Boris Beaker and his disappointed students know there is no chance they can make banana bread without this key ingredient, but Wombat isnt willing to give up that easily. Putting her investigative skills to the test, she gets help from her trusty sidekick — Furlock Jones — and together they attempt to solve The Great Banana Mystery.
Written by author Arran Francis, creator of multiple series for BBC's CBeebies Radio, Wombat & Jones: The Great Banana Mystery is a funny tale about friendship, problem-solving, and teamwork. Simple mistakes and jumping to conclusions can happen after all, but Wombat & Jones try their best to put it right and learn from them. 

Where to get it:


It can be streamed or borrowed from libraries too

My Review
Wombat & Jones: The Great Banana Mystery is a fun children's book that is easy to follow along with and listen to. It follows Wombat and her adopted brother, Furlock Jones, as they play detectives and try to uncover the mystery of the missing bananas. They're super excited about attending a banana bread baking class hosted by the famous Boris Beaker, but all of the bananas for the class are gone. Can the pair find the fruit before the day is done? 
One thing I liked was the subtle (and kind of adorable) nod to Sherlock and Watson. Wombat is  Watson, while Furlock Jones is, of course, Sherlock Holmes (at least when it comes to their names). Although, if I had to argue the case, Wombat is clearly more of a Sherlock. She's definitely more in charge of the mystery solving.
Another thing I enjoyed was the narrator's voices for each character. While Wombat and Jones, and quite a few other characters, were British, Boris Beaker was a German duck, and his accent made me smile. I definitely think young listeners will enjoy the variety of accents and voices for the characters. Also, the sound effects are amusing. I especially liked when Badger (I believe that was his name) the Giraffe was on his bike and lost his watermelon. The noise he makes (that the narrator makes for him, I suppose is more accurate) is one that will definitely make kids laugh. 
As a parent, I can honestly say that I would let my kiddo listen to more Wombat & Jones mysteries. They're fun, silly, easy to follow, and overall, they're enjoyable. 
5 stars!


Author Bio
Arran Francis is the creator of multiple series for BBC's CBeebies Radio and has worked as an audiobook producer on behalf of MacMillan Audio, Audible and Harper Collins. He launched Wombat and Jones Audio in 2019 with the aim of writing childrens novels to be released exclusively in audiobook format.

The audiobooks for the Daisy Mays Daydream Parade and Wombat & Jones series were released last summer with further books in the series and standalone titles being scheduled for publication in 2020.

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