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"It’s raining in the zoo and all is not what it seems in the flamingo pool. Meet Frankie the flamingo and her assorted sidekicks as they unravel the mystery of the sinking flamingo. This picture book for 5-8 year olds explains in a fun and informative way what happens to rainwater and wastewater once it enters the sewers and how water is supplied to buildings."

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Frankie the flamingo

Frankie the flamingo

I could tell you many things about Frankie but the most important thing to know is that she is always asking questions. Usually that bothers the other flamingos but this time they have reason to be thankful for her inquisitive nature, especially as she stops just asking questions and sets out on an adventure to find the answers herself…
Rhodri the rat

Rhodri the rat

A good friend of Frankie who knows everything you need to about drains and sewers and is quite happy to chat about them all day long…
Clarence the crab

Clarence the crab

Clarence lives in the sea with his friends and relations. Normally he has a great time but there is one thing that Clarence really, really hates and that is poo on his head…
Sameera the stickleback

Sameera the stickleback

Lives in the river near to the zoo. Sameera is very brainy. You need plenty of oxygen in the water to be a brainy fish and lots of space to exercise in. Sameera wants to keep her river that way…
Denzil the dragonfly

Denzil the dragonfly

Isn’t an official member of the F.I.D. yet. Has popped up in the photo to show off a few of his flying skills in the hope that Frankie will realise how useful he could be in solving the mystery.

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The mysterious case of the elephant that forgot - a call for sponsors

The mysterious case of the elephant that forgot – a call for sponsors

The Flamingo Investigation Department have been basking in glory having solved ‘The mysterious case of the sinking flamingo’. They wrote a book about their adventure and in the last three years, over 4,700 five to eight year olds and their teachers have heard and enjoyed the story in 158 classroom workshops ...
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Feedback about The mysterious case of the sinking flamingo

Feedback about The mysterious case of the sinking flamingo

  • ‘A lovely story. Perhaps some actual props would help – a flamingo etc. Then Safa got a flamingo out! Thank you!’ Reception class teacher
  • ‘Lots of interactive questions and clues and movement meant the message was made really clear. Very child friendly.’ Year 1 teacher
  • ‘The children liked the characters ...
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The mysterious case of the elephant that forgot – calling all engineers

The mysterious case of the elephant that forgot – calling all engineers

Come and learn how to explain what engineers do in language that is accessible to five to eight year olds with the help of an inquisitive and irrepressible flamingo (Frankie) and her faithful side kick Clarence – the crab who doesn’t like poo on his head. As Frankie and Clarence ...
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Frankie as Pancake Art!!

Frankie as Pancake Art!!

Thanks to Tamica and Ciara (aged 8) Frankie the flamingo is now the proud owner of her very own self portrait as a pancake. And after we took this photo we tucked into it with gusto. Ten out of ten was the verdict of everyone. ...
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Anyone can be an artist ??

Anyone can be an artist ??

Frankie the flamingo agrees probably anyone can be an artist but is very pleased that after Cath sketched her growing up  she got Jon Evans on board to depict her as the suave cool flamingo she has grown up to be. Its the always asking questions that has led her to ...
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Frankie has a new mystery to solve!

Frankie has a new mystery to solve!

“I think it would help if we actually knew what engineers do!” suggested Clarence brightly. “Um… OK”, a half asleep Frankie replied doubtfully, wondering how she was going to solve that mystery as well as all the others. Sometimes, being an investigator was harder work than certain crabs realised… ...
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Frankie goes to Dudley!

Frankie goes to Dudley!

In May 2017 Frankie and Cath went off to visit the fantastic pupils of Northfield Road Primary School in Dudley. Cath had a terrific time reading ‘The mysterious case of the sinking flamingo’ to the 60 Year 2 children, who were all eager to help Frankie the flamingo solve the mystery ...
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Frankie goes oop North

Frankie goes oop North

Aqualogic, Wirral School Libraries, and St Bridget’s C of E Primary School in West Kirby welcomed Frankie the flamingo on a blustery day by the seaside. Cath had a fab time reading ‘The mysterious case of the sinking flamingo’ to 60 pupils, who enjoyed helping Frankie solve the mystery. Spoiler alert … she ...
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Flamingo Investigation Department – Pending cases

The FID have closed The mysterious case of the sinking flamingo. But they have several pending cases ready to go: The mysterious case of FOG in the sewers! The mysterious case of the block of wood that fell from outer space! The mysterious case of the elephant that forgot! The ...
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Frankie the flamingo goes back to school ...

Frankie the flamingo goes back to school …

Frankie the flamingo, Clarence the crab, and the rest of the Flamingo Investigation Department  visited several schools over the summer term and met loads of willing water detectives who want to tell everyone why it is important to have short showers and to keep rainwater out of the sewers. Holly, ...
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