Monday, July 22, 2013

In Search of Goliathus Hercules by Jennifer Angus


Henri Bell is sent to live with his aunt while his mother sets out to find his father who has disappeared in British Malaya.  Henri discovers that he has the ability to talk to insects and also discovers that Mrs. Black, his aunt's neighbor seems to be very interested in that fact.  Henri runs off to join the circus and, using his ability, starts to train fleas.  Mrs. Black pursues him at every turn.  As time goes on Henri becomes interested in finding the legendary Goliathus Hercules beetle and with the help of his friends he sets off to British Malaya to do so.  Unfortunately, Mrs. Black follows and it becomes a race to discover the beetle first.  In addition, something strange is happening to Henri.  Will Henri find the beetle or his father?

This book was not at all what I expected.  The cover makes it look like it will be a more serious book but instead it is very much a fantasy and an odd one at that.  I didn't really like it and it took me quite awhile to finish it.


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