The Queen's Shadow

The Queen's Shadow

A Story About How Animals See

Book - 2014
Average Rating:
Rate this:
After a lightning strike at a party, the Queen realizes her shadow has been stolen. Detective Mantis Shrimp is sure Chameleon ate it but Chameleon saw two things when the lights flashed. The story continues to explore different animals and how they see.
Publisher: Toronto, ON : Kids Can Press, 2014
ISBN: 9781894786607
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Call Number: J YOUNG, C


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Jun 03, 2015

SUMMARY: The queen is having a party with her royal friends when the lights go out. Once the lights are back on, she discovers that her shadow is missing. Mantis Shrimp, the Royal Detective steps forward to solve the case. One by one he questions the animals present. Each animal proves himself innocent based on the use of his vision. Finally, the case is solved and the queen is reunited with ther shadow.

ILLUSTRATIONS: Cybele Young has proven her genius again through unique illustrations. These were created in pen and ink and digitally rendered. Each two page spread is lavishly colored and detailed. The animals at times look like paper cut outs and do not have much movement to them.

THE GOOD: This was a fun way to learn about how animals see. The mystery of the story was irresistible. There is a side note, after each animal speaks, about something unique in the way that animal's vision works. There is more information in the back of the book about how vision happens and about the animals as well as a glossary.
THE NOT AS GOOD: This story uses a pretty large vocabulary making it less accessible to younger children and the book is somewhat lengthy for a read-a-loud.

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Grades 2 (upper level students) through 5


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at DCL

To Top