The City of Barks and Roars
The City of Barks and Roars
Animals rule the world.

They hit cafes for breakfast then nine to five at the office, and fritter away evenings at jazz clubs.

But paradise is still a distant dream, for there are devils amongst the angels.

Lucas Panda is missing; clues on the riverbank suggest he was probably kidnapped.
Enter Frank. Who else you gonna call? Hard-boiled penguin and the finest detective in town.
And meet his new partner, Detective Chico Monkey - yeah, the wisecrackin' kid with all the snappy suits.
But the stakes have been raised; three more creatures are missing and the citizens of Noah's Kingdom are faced with possible extinction. Can the grouchy bird and plucky young ape save the city from doom? Or, will evil prevail and escape the claws of justice?

'Animal noir' peppered with plenty of humour; this thrilling debut novel from award-winning comedian JT Bird is an intriguing blend of Jungle Book and Chinatown (Zootopia for grown-ups?! Watership Down with Fedoras!?) - perfect for fans of animal fiction, or mysteries, adventure and crime. A gripping yarn, packed with weird and wonderful creatures, for youngsters and adults alike (or anyone who's crying out for anthropomorphic detectives!!)

Book Details


  • Animals
  • Fantasy
  • Fiction
  • Humor

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up

     The City that Barks and Roars by J.T. Bird is a fantastic mystery about animals that live in a huge community called Noah’s Kingdom. The book focuses on who they all are and how they live together on the right and wrong sides of the law. Each one has a special personality with strengths and weaknesses like real people do. Much of the story’s action-packed suspense revolves around the police department trying to find a missing panda detective named Lucas and three suspicious beaver brothers from The Swamp.

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