And now, the dramatic reveal of the cover — and plot — of FunJungle 5!

Hello readers,

Since a picture generally speaks louder than words, here’s the cover, another masterpiece by Lucy Cummins.

As a few of you had noted on my blog, the title for this book somehow leaked out on Google a few months back, but I — and everyone else at Simon & Schuster — hadn’t really locked it in until recently.  There were a few other possibilities in play (including a suggestion of my own daughter) but once the cover was done, we realized this one worked.

And here’s the answer to what you’re asking next: What’s the book about?

For the first time, a book in this series is going to deal with a wild animal.  A mountain lion is on the loose around FunJungle.

As the park plans for its enormous one year anniversary celebration, operations there seem to be running smoothly for once (except for the occasional herring-related mishap in the penguin exhibit) and Teddy is finally able to give detective work a rest.  But then a local mountain lion is accused of killing a famous dog — and the dog’s owner, an inflammatory radio host — goes on a crusade to have the cat declared a nuisance so it can be hunted.  

However, there’s evidence that the lion might have been framed for murder, and now a renegade animal activist wants Teddy and Summer to help prove it — and catch the real killer.  And if that wasn’t enough, someone has poisoned FunJungle’s beloved giraffes and J.J. McCracken wants Teddy on the case.  Now, Teddy finds himself mixed up in the middle of his most bizarre, hilarious and dangerous adventure yet.

As usual, that’s all I’m going to share with you about the plot for now.  I know I’m going to get dozens of responses asking me which other characters are going to appear in the book, and things like that, but I’m not going to answer them.  Because the more you know about the book before you start reading it, the less fun it is to read it.

Besides, you only have to wait until next February for it.  (And if that seems to long, remember there will be a new Spy School out in October.)

If you’re desperate to pre-order it, you can click here.  But you might want to wait a bit, because there is always a good chance Barnes & Noble will do an exclusive edition of the book.

134 thoughts on “And now, the dramatic reveal of the cover — and plot — of FunJungle 5!

  1. i’m guessing that as well being a pun on spiders(the animal),SPYDER is based off of SPECTRE(the evil organisation in James Bond) since they kind of sound similar

  2. I just read Spy School Goes South, and it was awesome!!! I can’t wait to read the new FunJungle book!

  3. are you going to make more funjungle and spyschool and moon base alpha books because they were awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. anounosmus –

    If you take about 10 seconds to look through my website, the answer to that question should be evident.

  5. Guys, PLEASE stop asking Stu questions that are already answered on his website or in other comments. He’s already busy enough without having to direct people to the FAQ’s page!


  6. Stu-
    So after Lion Down we’re either getting….
    a) A lizard-themed Funjungle book
    b)A bird-themed Funjungle book
    c)A zebra-themed Funjungle book
    d) None of the above


    It is not about moose (which rarely are ever in zoos). It is about an animal that has not been featured in a book yet.

    I really like moose a lot myself.

  8. You know how in the funjungle series you use the names Violet and Dash. Why do you use them again in the Moon Base Alpha series?
    Also are there going to be any more books in the Moon Base Alpha series, because you leave off on the part where Dash finally got to Zan’s planet and I tought that was knid of a clifhanger, but at the same yime is might be weird because he’s all grown up now.

  9. Bookluver –

    If you do a little bit off research (or even read the comments on my blog) you will probably figure out the answer to your question.

    And I have a post about the future of the MBA series.

  10. just something i noticed

    MBA1 – murder MBA2- kidnapping MBA3- attempted murder
    FJ1- murder FJ2- kidnapping FJ3- attempted murder

    also, an animal was killed, set loose, almost died, and stolen and now there is an animal on the loose? How is FunJungle still open to the public at this point?

  11. Max
    I think FunJungle is still open because Pete thwacker was covering up all the incidents and selling them to the audience differently.

    Also, is this the last book in the FJ series?

  12. I’m sorry that I can’t tell but is the FunJungle series actually ceasing due to the park closing down or are you only joking?

  13. Stu-

    So, will there be an exclusive edition of Lion Down? Usually if there is, you would have announced it seeing as the book is less than two months away from being released.

  14. Hi Mr.Gibbs,
    I would like to know if Lion Down is the last book in the FJ series. If you cannot respond, I understand that you are busy.

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