Dog detective Sebastian is on the trail of auto thieves and also tries to retrieve his stolen sirloin.
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Gr. 3-6. Christian's hairy hawkshaw returns to solve yet another baffling crime in this tale of an African elephant stolen from a circus. Although Sebastian's human, Detective John Quincy Jones, is technically assigned to the case, the cagey canine saves the day by locating the purloined pachyderm, reuniting two estranged brothers, and exposing the true identity of a clown, Rambling Rose--all in time for the circus to offer a special benefit performance. Christian includes a wealth of information about circuses and elephant behavior as well as a fairly detailed look at the detective process. Sebastian's trademark behaviors--his voracious appetite and a penchant for outrageous (yet somehow unnoticed) disguises--add to the fun. A sure bet for series fans, this will also be popular with beginning chapter book readers and mystery buffs. Kay WeismanFrom School Library Journal:
Grade 4-6 Sebastian, the cagey canine detective, is back in his seventh mystery, and he's still not getting the respect he deserves. Again, he cracks the case, while his master, Detective John Quincy Jones, gets all the credit. The theft of John's car leads to the round-up of a gang of car thieves, although Sebastian is more concerned about the piece of sirloin that was on the seat of the car rather than the car itself. As with others in the series, Christian puts the emphasis on humor rather than suspense and, as always, it's hard not to cheer for the underdog. Drew Stevenson, Tompkins County Public Lib., Ithaca, N.Y.
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Book Description Atheneum, 1986. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX002718210X