Detective Donut and the Wild Goose Chase

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9780060266042: Detective Donut and the Wild Goose Chase

"I was on a case, and I knew just how to begin. I'd follow my nose."

Professor Drake, Detective Donut's friend and world famous archaeologist, is missing! And Donut has to find the professor's important Maltese statue before the notorious thief Goose does. But the detective is so distracted by thoughts of his birthday and a nice (up of hot cocoa, he doesn't notice that the strange bird claiming to be the professor's assistant looks alarmingly like Goose. Or that the oddly wrapped package in his mailbox is the very some size as the precious statue. Will he ever solve the mystery? And will anyone remember his birthday? Never fear--with the help of his faithful partner, Mouse, Detective Donut will crack the case!

Team up with Detective Donut and his clever sidekick, Mouse, for the wildest goose chase ever! A precious statue has been stolen, and the famous archaeologist, Professor Drake, has disappeared— is the villainous Goose behind this plot? It's up to bumbling Detective Donut to find out! Bruce Whatley's hilariously funny illustrations, packed with slapstick gags and witty puns, hold the key to this mystery. Readers will love to follow along with the clues as Detective Donut finally cracks the case.

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About the Author:

Bruce Whatley is one of Australia’s best-loved and most-respected author–illustrators. His most recent books include the enormously successful and award-winning Diary of a Wombat, written by Jackie French, and its companion volume, The Secret World of Wombats, also illustrated by Bruce. The best selling team have also collaborated on Pete the Sheep, and most recently, Josephine Wants to Dance. Two of Bruce’s previous books, The Ugliest Dog in the World and Tails from Grandad’s Attic, were named as Notable Books by the Children’s Book Council of Australia in 1993 and 1996 respectively. Looking for Crabs was shortlisted by the Children’s Book Council in 1993 and Detective Donut and the Wild Goose Chase was named an Honour Book by the Children’s Book Council in 1998. Bruce has illustrated forty books to date, including a number that he has co-written with Rosie Smith. Their latest collaboration was Little White Dogs Can’t Jump.



Bruce Whatley and Rosie Smith are the authors of many popular and award-winning books, including Detective Donut and the Wild Goose Chase and Whatley's Quest. They live with their children, Ben and Ellyn, in Australia.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 3-4?A wacky whodunit. Detective Donut, a not-too-bright bear, narrates the tale in terse, urgent sentences. The problem is a complicated one, involving a famous archaeologist, a mysterious package shaped like a missing statue, and a masked goose posing as the scientist's assistant. A merry chase results in a solution to the crime. The humorous illustrations fill in all of the details not mentioned in the text. The detective's partner, Mouse, is referred to in the text only once; the pictures, however, show that he plays a far more important role in catching the thief. There are literal jokes and puns galore: when Detective D. arrives at the Professor's house to check things out, "Someone had turned the place upside down." And there, indeed, is a large picture of the detective looking up at the furniture tidily hanging from the ceiling. Funny bits are hidden everywhere; astute readers can find them sooner or later as they puzzle out this droll picture-book story.?Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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