Mr. Choli’s River Trip by Chris Wardle

The residents of Daphne Wood return in the second book of Chris Wardle’s Tinfish series, Mr. Choli’s River Trip.

Now settled into their new location, the members of the colony living in Daphne Wood are happy with their new place. In their previous adventures, they discovered a tunnel that leads to a town long ago deserted by the people whose wars and diseases caused their demise. Traveling through the tunnel from time to time has allowed Mr. Choli and Mr. Ginger, the cats, to stock up on their supply of canned fish that they keep in an abandoned car they now call home. The detective shingle proudly in place, Mr. Choli has certainly gained a lofty reputation for his investigative work.

When Mrs. Cat-biscuit, the goat, shares her concern that the vegetation in Daphne Wood is struggling to survive in the heat and wind, Mr. Choli and Mr. Ginger lead another expedition to find new plants that are better able to handle the increasingly hot conditions. While back at Daphne Wood, Mr. Denzel, the mole, and the remaining members of the gardening team start a new project that just might protect the existing plants in the colony from the harsh conditions.

I enjoyed Mr. Choli’s River Trip even better than the first book in the series. New adventures, new characters, and the developing friendships among the residents of Daphne Wood, add to this already engaging and thought provoking series. Again, the reader gets the opportunity to witness how the climate changes have impacted the colony and the ingenuity of the residents working together to solve the problem. The cooperation amongst the characters is truly one of the best parts of these books; teaching readers that working together, they can make a difference. In addition, the prose flowed even more smoothly in this book than in the first, making Mr. Choli’s River Trip an even more exciting adventure in reading.

The cover art on both of these books is downright hilarious. I absolutely love the picture of Mr. Choli with his pipe and magnifying glass. All he needs is a Sherlock Holmes hat. The back cover of both books has color versions of some of the illustrations found inside.

I would definitely recommend Mr. Choli’s River Trip to any youngster interested in environmental issues, those who love animals and nature, and readers who like engaging stories filled with fun and quirky characters. I can’t wait to read the next two books in this series!

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher:  Lulu
  • SRP:  $7.96

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5 thoughts on “Mr. Choli’s River Trip by Chris Wardle

  1. Hi Cheryl,

    I’m so glad you enjoyed the books, it was very nice to get such positive feedback. As you were entertained by the cover then I suggest you visit the book-tour part of the Tinfish website, which I have recently up-dated with a new photo of Mr. Choli posing with his magnifying glass. As you guessed, I did the drawings myself, and appreciate your kind remarks. (I only got a ‘C’ for art at school, so I really hope my old art-teacher stumbles across your review…)

    I will re-read the Lighthouse of Mr. Tinfish to see if I can pick up on the descriptive phases you talked about – It’s sometimes difficult when you are close to something to stand back and look at it objectively again.

    Mr. Vinegar and the Frozen Sea, should be available in the next couple of months and I shall send you a copy on the day it is released! Based on your comments I think you will enjoy this particular adventure as much as the others.

    Best regards

  2. Hi Chris,

    Thanks for stopping by. I wandered out to your website. You’re right, I love those new photos. I can’t draw stick figures, but I’ve been called on for a couple of years to help the kids illustrate books. Now, that’s a challenge.

    I agree, it’s very difficult to see those things in your own work. I am a much better editor of other people’s work than my own.

    Can’t wait to read the latest!

    All my best,


  3. I like the ecological and social message in the books. Best wishes for their success. I also have published a book many tweens (and anyon older) may like. If interested in knowing more, please visit my website. Thanks!

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