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What do you think a detective cat might be like?

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Quick-Fire Questions

  1. Why did Maximilian frown on page 2?
  2. Where does Maximilian live?
  3. What does the word ‘scampered’ mean on page 4?
  4. What does the phrase: ‘It was time to take matters into his own paws’ mean on page 5?
  5. How is the city different from what Maximilian is used to?
  6. Which simile is used on page 15?
  7. Which adjectives are used to describe the music on page 16?
  8. How is Maximilian different from Oscar the black cat?

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