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The Adventures of Bruno Penny: Norbert de Strangle and the Great Museum Robbery

The Adventures of Bruno Penny: Norbert de Strangle and the Great Museum Robbery [Kindle Edition]

A. B. Syed , Javeria Syed
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There has been a great robbery at the Westside Museum of Rare Art Treasures in Knesington Square. The new visiting exhibit, the van Cough has been stolen along with jewellery and paintings and statues and stuff.
Can Bruno Penny, the greatest boy detective since the last one, save the day? Can he find the clues which were missed by the police and help them catch the criminals.

Join Bruno Penny, his friend Milo Shot and Dr. Watson the pet rabbit in this spectacular fantasy tale.


'Good detective sci-fi adventure for 8 year old boys' WorldRead

About the Author

A. B. Syed lives in Oxford with her children and Fluffy the cat. This is her first book.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 506 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087GFHES
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #257,828 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A. B. Syed lives in Oxford with her family and Fluffy the cat.

Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, she is able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Oh wait, that's Superman.

Er... Did I mention the cat?

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Norbert de Strangle and the Great Museum Robbery is the first book in the Adventures of Bruno Penny series, written by author A. B. Syed. The story, featuring our hero, Bruno Penny, ace detective (aged 10) and his sidekick, Milo Shot, leads the reader through a mostly fast-paced series of scenes with lots of twists and turns, as well as at least one big surprise, to keep readers hooked until the end of the tale. It is not particularly easy to summarize the plot without giving too much away, or without having to apply a spoiler alert to this review, but suffice to say Bruno and Milo have a rip-roaring time hunting for clues, tracking down dastardly villains and getting caught up in the adventure of a life-time, involving robots, dinosaur eggs and other happenings that most young boys love reading about. I read this book to my three children, who are two boys, aged 12 and 10, and my daughter, aged 9.

One of the really strong points of this book is in the author's creation of a beguiling and unique set of characters. They are also, for the most part, all really imaginatively named - who could resist an arch enemy called Norbert de Strangle (my children and I reckon this is the best baddie-name ever), or a famous painter called Hugh van Cough? Other wonderful characters include the yucky Mrs Butterworth, aptly re-named Mrs Bitterworth by Bruno and Milo, and the mysterious Mrs B., the elderly caretaker, who smells of turnips and watches Sponge Bob Square Pants in her spare time - a fact which really made my children laugh.

My children loved all the main characters but, for me, the one that has most impact is Bruno himself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars adventures for kids and laughs for grown-ups 29 Nov 2012
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Want to meet Sherlock Holmes' more intelligent brother? visit a place called Knesington Square? be present at the birth of a baby dinosaur? Of course you do!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Kid and a Good Story 11 Oct 2012
By Pop Bop - Published on
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There are three books by A. B. Syed in the Amazon Kindle store. "Zodiac Shmodiac" is a fantasy with a few nice twists, and "Simon Cup's Box" is an amusing middle grade school days sort of story that's started off with a fantasy angle. I like them both and appreciate the author's light touch. But, while they are amusing stories, the characters aren't terribly memorable. Not so with this volume, which is most definitely my favorite of the three.

Somewhere I read that Syed wanted to write this book about a boy who was completely normal in every way - with no superpowers or magical abilities or fantastical allies or anything of that sort. Starting with that, she has created a wonderfully engaging character. Bruno Penny is a nice kid. He's smart and energetic. He wants to be a great detective some day and so he's always looking for a good mystery to solve. He's inquisitive and observant. He has a magnifying glass and a slightly dense pal who enthusiastically assumes the sidekick role. And get this, he has parents who are smart and grown up, and he likes them and listens to them. He's polite to neighbors, patient, and generous, but he's not an odd goody-two-shoes. He does goofy age appropriate things, but he's always on the alert for adventure and thrilling escapades.

I enjoyed following him around during his thrilling adventure. I imagine young readers would enjoy making his acquaintance. The whole exercise is just cheerful and exciting and interesting enough that I don't see why they wouldn't.

And, the author doesn't try to have it both ways. There aren't any ironic or sarcastic minor notes hidden in the text to demonstrate that the author is really too hip for this sort of thing, (like, say, with Lemony Snicket). The story is unashamedly what it is. And it helps that the author has a decent command of language, understands complex sentences, and has a certain flair for the telling description. So, along with a story your middle grader actually is also exposed to a good, fluid writing style.

I just don't see how it gets much better than that.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A budding new detective. 2 Feb 2013
By Acquafortis - Published on
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I was gently given this book to read by the author in a very hectic period of my life. I read the book in bits and pieces but The Adventures of Bruno Penny provided me with a fantasy oasis where I could drift happily away even if only for a few minutes.
I liked the writing style: partially in third person and mostly as in first person following the frenetic thoughts of Bruno Penny. There were some surprising moments as the plot unraveled and the author's imagination started soaring rocket high.
Looking forward to read further instalments about this budding new detective. I am sure young readers will enjoy this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 21 Dec 2012
By Luci C. - Published on
Being a huge fan of both the Encyclopedia Brown and Artemis Fowl series, I still enjoy engaging stories with pre-pubescent protagonists despite my age. I had high hopes for this book as the very average Bruno Penny appeared so earnest in his desire to be just like his idol, Sherlock Holmes. Like most kids, he's extremely bored having nothing to do in summer, takes off at the thought of having to do additional chores, and cunningly uses the fact that he's a kid to his advantage. Although he didn't have an exceptional intellect as one might expect, he still was able to come up with logical ways to carry out his "detective work" using common sense. With a trusty sidekick and a cute and cuddly mascot, you would have thought that the best adventure lay just ahead.

However in my opinion, it fell kind of flat. The story started interestingly enough with a puzzling robbery taking place while Bruno's subsequent investigation followed a pretty reasonable course. It was interesting to read how he devised different ways to pursue his leads but the actual detectives/law enforcement personnel appeared too dense or inefficient that the case would have remained unsolved if Bruno had not been involved. As for the mystery, there were a few red herrings thrown around while the end will present you with a pleasantly unforeseen twist. However, the resolution is disappointing as the Syed stretches the bounds of realism too far in my opinion. I actually felt a bit cheated at what I feel was a copout since I was truly curious about how the robbery took place. Maybe I was just expecting an Encyclopedia Brown-type of conclusion to the story.

For a book targeted at 8-year olds, I think this book is slow to gain momentum and is a tad too wordy to be easily enjoyed without additional explanation. I tried reading it to my nephew but it didn't capture his interest at all. Although Syed has successfully characterized most of the key characters, I think some of the in-depth characterizations and detailed scenery descriptions has taken away from the story's impetus. Weirdly enough, it seems that Dr. Watson had significantly more page-time than Bruno's best friend who I hope will have his share in the sequel. All in all though, it was still a good read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun and Clever Adventure! 20 Dec 2012
By onthehour - Published on
As a 36 year-old adult, I rather enjoyed "The Adventures of Bruno Penny," and I can only imagine that most of my minor misgivings would be completely lost on the book's target demographic.

The story revolves around a museum robbery in a small English town, and the titular hero's determination to solve the crime ALA his hero, Sherlock Holmes. Peppered over this backdrop are fun, well-realized characters such as Bruno's understanding parents and his strange and elderly neighbor. What A. B. Syed does so well is creating legitimate and legitimately surprising scenarios. There are at least two twists in the book that are genuinely a shock, and they don't feel wedged in or inorganic. Syed also builds tension well through narrative - the few short chapters from the antagonist's point of view build character nicely and prime the reader for de Strangle's ultimate introduction to Bruno.

The aforementioned misgivings amount to very little, the first being Bruno's best friend, Milo, remaining entirely underdeveloped. I hope if Syed chooses to write future books Milo will either be fleshed out more and a true companion (in this book he's an occasionally present naysayer, and that's about it, or completely excised. Secondly, perhaps my review copy had not yet been proofed, but the book had more typos and word redundancy than expected. In fact, I wondered during the first chapter what I was in for! However, it speaks to Syed's story telling ability that I was easily able to overlook these technicalities in favor of finding out what happened next. (And, again, eight year-old kids probably aren't going to notice.)

I can't wait to pass my Kindle off to my daughter so she can hopefully have as good a time as I did reading "The Adventures of Bruno Penny."
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling Adventures Indeed 16 Dec 2012
By Abby - Published on
This book is an excellent book for the older elementary student, around 9-13 year's old. The main character, Bruno Penny, is a true likeness to the average boy and therefore relatable to his readers. His particular mannerisms and sayings create a universal humor and situations that surely every child has experienced as they venture out into the world and begin to handle life's many situations.

Even as an adult, I enjoyed Bruno Penny and Milo Shot immensely. The scenes, the images, everything, was very well detailed and I could visualize everything with great ease. In my own personal story-tellings to children, I have found that it's much more entertaining to them when they can see it all for themselves, and it really helps them follow the plot and remember the details much more easily. It certainly contributes to the message and understanding they gain from reading the book as a whole, plus it makes it so much more entertaining for them. It allows them to see the real fun in reading!

There are some vocabulary words and phrasing that may be confusing, but the plot itself is certainly very easy to follow. The vocabulary would really just offer a challenge to the avid reader and help them build their own personal vocabulary. To me, it's an excellent transitional book to help these kids prepare their future with reading in the grades to come.

Overall, this book is lighthearted, whimsical, and down-right funny. With laugh-out-loud moments to keep a child's attention, the details and the message of this book offer them a whole new perspective on reading that will keep them excited about books, even as they grow.
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