Banzai's Unexpected Voyage

Children - Preteen
160 Pages
Reviewed on 06/30/2019
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Author Biography

A former English teacher and Creative Writing tutor, Jane lives in landlocked Oxfordshire. She often runs away to Pembrokeshire where she spent many summers as a child and where she now writes. The castles, old harbour towns, hidden beaches and remote islands remain magical to her.
Those who know Tenby may recognise thinly-disguised elements of St Benfro and Monastery island in her books GRUBSON PUG'S CHRISTMAS VOYAGE and the sequel BANZAI'S UNEXPECTED VOYAGE.

Jane is now working on a novel set in Venice ...

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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Just when things settled down after Christmas, Banzai was persuaded to confront some of his hard-kept secrets and face the music in Banzai's Unexpected Voyage by Jane-Anne Hodgson. Soon after that, the feisty cat vanished from St Benfro and it is now up to Grubson Pug to once again leave his home behind. Looking for his friend should not have been that difficult, but somehow it is. He is now traveling through Europe to Venice in hopes of finding Banzai, but Banzai is having a very hard time. His only option is to accept help from his friends or else he may never be able to get back home. Will his pride keep him hanging back? Or will he let his friends guide him home?

Banzai's Unexpected Voyage by Jane-Anne Hodgson is a fun story to read to children or have a pre-teen read themselves. With a message behind an elaborate tale of adventure, friendship and always doing the right thing despite bad decisions made, this story is great for children. Banzai is a very entertaining character that had me smiling with his antics; however, on the other hand, Grubson Pug is a responsible yet slightly impulsive character who loves with all his heart. He needs to protect the people he cares about, which is a great lesson for children. The fast pace and the overall length of the story are perfect to maintain the attention and interest of young readers. I personally enjoyed it a lot, especially after the point in the story when Grubson went in search of his feisty friend. The descriptions were great, the flow was awesome, and the characters were adorable. All in all, this has been a brilliant read.