All the bananas are missing. Every single one, from uptown to downtown, have been stolen! The police are stumped. Who is taking all the bananas?
Time to call in Detective Small! When all the clues lead to the obvious, Detective Small follows his hunch, leading to sweet victory in the end!
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Wong Herbert Yee lives in Michigan, where he writes and illustrates books for children including the Mouse and Mole series and the Fireman Small series. For a complete list of books by Wong Herbert Yee, visit www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com. For more information about Wong, visit his Web site at http://hometown.aol.com/wongherbertyee/From School Library Journal:
Kindergarten-Grade 2—Detective Small may be short in stature, but he is long on brains and sleuthing skills. The police need his expertise to solve a theft—all of the bananas in town have been stolen. The detective gets right on the case, but his original interpretation of the clues leads him to the wrong suspect. "Why bananas? Why not kumquat, or grape?/Great gumshoe!' cried Small. 'Could it be an APE?'" Luckily, he quickly recognizes his error and finds the perpetrator. This mystery is an exciting chase as readers follow along with Detective Small. But children paying attention to the pictures will be a step ahead of him—clues scattered throughout the book point out his error before he realizes it. The charcoal-pencil and watercolor illustrations are comical, and include details everyone will laugh over, such as the Man in the Yellow Hat in a banana-related lineup. Yee also includes crime-solving information that will help children realize how difficult Small's job really is, such as the amount of research he does to tie together his clues. The rhyming text will help beginning readers anticipate what will happen next. It is dynamic, introducing great action words while still making the book fun to read. Even though Detective Small proves to be fallible, kids will cheer his efforts to solve the case and look forward to his next one.—Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ
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