A familiar nursery rhyme provide clues that enable Chief Inspector Owl to solve a series of jewel thefts
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Gr. 2-4. Who Killed Cock Robin? may be a catchy title, but the real mystery here is, who stole the jewels? Alert readers will note that something's fishy and may even begin to spot the clues the first time through--even though a second reading will definitely be in order. But the book is still confusing even after another look, and its picture-book format seems too young for kids old enough to follow what's happening. The dramatic jacket and colorful illustrations will attract younger children, but parents of preschoolers may find it tricky to explain that the robin faked his own death to deflect suspicion, then hid the jewels in his coffin to dig up later. In the end, justice prevails, and O'Malley provides young detectives with a list of the visual clues that lead to Cock Robin's capture. As they say about British mysteries, "Too clever by half." Carolyn PhelanFrom Kirkus Reviews:
A mystery in the classic style, written in verse that mimics the familiar rhyme. A haughty detective--an owl in a pince-nez- -gets a confession from a sparrow plus an eye-witness account from a gardener/magpie; still, it's not so simple--an apparently unrelated jewel heist is involved. Small sleuths will enjoy picking up the clues in the illustrations, though the parody of adult mysteries will surely elude them. O'Malley's brash, bold art is nicely peopled with suspicious looking birds and caricatures, like the old turkey presiding at the trial. Not as cleverly plotted or as elegantly illustrated as Yolen's Piggins series, but with much of the same appeal. (Picture book. 5-8) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Book Condition: New. New. Bookseller Inventory # S-0688124305
Book Description Lothrop Lee & Shepard, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110688124305
Book Description Lothrop Lee & Shepard, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Brand New!. Bookseller Inventory # VIB0688124305