"I really liked reading Buckley’s Unexpected Adventure, and I think it would make a great movie! It’s fast-paced and action-packed with straight-forward characters that have so much personality. This makes the book easy to follow and never boring. It’s interesting to read because it explains the effects of animal smuggling from the perspective of the animals. It helps readers better understand the seriousness of this problem around the world and how it can disrupt the balance in natural animal habitats. At the same time, the book is often funny. The characters find themselves on a madcap adventure where it is impossible to predict what will happen next. Through it all, it’s even full of lessons for real life. I like Buckley’s strong sense of right and wrong and how he overcomes doubts he has in himself because he’s so determined to be a good friend to Ciara, no matter what happens next. Other relationships among the characters are good examples of how easy it is to misjudge others and how we all need forgiveness sometimes. I also like how the story emphasizes the importance of persevering through problems because uncomfortable situations usually have something to teach us that will make us better people in the end."
- Jonny (Age 13)
"Buckley’s Unexpected Adventure reads like a Pixar movie and I mean that as a compliment.
It’d make a hilarious movie. Think Zootopia, crossed with The Secret Life Of Pets, and Isle Of Dogs."
"This book was such a fun read. And absolutely perfect for middle grade readers."
"Besides appealing to my love of animals and my Aussie pride, this book also displayed friendship, honesty, and overcoming fear and insecurities. It was heartwarming and heartbreaking reading all the different emotions Buckley experienced both leading up to and during his unexpected adventure."
"Buckley’s Unexpected Adventure is a book that animal lovers both young and old will enjoy. By mixing a heavy topic like illegal animal trade with cute antics from adorable characters Buckley’s Unexpected Adventure takes the reader on a ride they won’t soon forget."