Who stole the cheese?
Following the five easy steps of How to Be a Famous Detective and some rather unusual clues in envelopes addressed to him, Watson Mouse is determined to solve the mystery!
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Aided by clues tucked into envelopes, readers can solve a mystery alongside aspiring detective Watson Mouse in this interactive paper-over-board book for early readers. Watson gets the chance to apply the teachings of his mail-order booklet, "How to Be a Famous Detective" (the first of six missives that readers can open), when all the cheese in town begins to disappear. Three teasing clues from the perpetrator(s)--one clue with backward writing to be read with the help of a bound-in mirror--spur on the trench coat-clad mouse. The contrast between the excited hero's high ambitions and humble abilities generates much of the amusement. Readers will crack the case before Watson, who finally discovers that it is part of a double birthday present from his friends: a crime rigged for him to solve and a cheese-laden surprise party. Percy's (Elympics; Row Your Boat) rather static illustrations, scattered throughout the text, provide further clues for alert readers. Ages 5-8. (Oct.)
Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information, Inc.From School Library Journal:
K-Gr 2-Watson Mouse has always dreamed of being a detective. Shortly after reading a manual on the subject, he learns that cheese is disappearing all around town. Soon he begins receiving mysterious messages. Like those in Janet and Allan Ahlberg's The Jolly Postman (Little, Brown, 1986), these notes and letters are removable. Average-quality, full-page and spot artwork in mixed media illustrates the title. While the vocabulary will be challenging enough to hold the interest of beginning readers, it is predictable enough to support new skills. A surprise twist at the end of the story lends additional enjoyment. While books with loose elements are often questionable selections for libraries, children will be entertained by this humorous tale.-Megan McGuire, Lake View Elementary School, Madison, WI
Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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