Tuff Fluff: The Case of Duckie's Missing Brain

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With retro flair and pun-filled prose, Scott Nash takes young readers on a comical adventure into the underbelly of the stuffed animal world.

He might look like nothin’ but a moth-eaten stuffed animal, but to the residents of Los Attic, this shabby rabbit is Tuff Fluff, Private Eye. No case is too tough for his fluffy mind . . . except maybe the case of Duckie’s missing brain. "Someone’s been playing foul with this fowl," the hard-boiled detective declares. But as he plunges into the dark and dusty places, showing his smarts — and his soft side — can he find enough clues to fit together the pieces of this peculiar puzzle?

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Scott Nash is a designer and the illustrator of many children’s books, including SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE DINOSAUR STOMP, MARTIAN ROCK, and THE BUGLIEST BUG, all written by Carol Diggory Shields. He lives on an island off the coast of Maine.

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Kindergarten-Grade 4–Tuff Fluff, a yellow bunny with a rakish black eye patch, is the Chandleresque private eye enlisted to solve the mystery of Duckie's missing brain. He lives in Los Attic, the city of worn-out playthings, and works out of an office where it's always 3:29 a.m. by "the watch on the wall." Dwelling in cardboard cartons, the inhabitants of Los Attic have mismatched eyes and leak stuffing at the seams. They join forces to aid Tuff in his search; without his brain, Duckie can no longer speak, and all of the animals miss his storytelling. In fact, they are so keen to hear the end of his last tale that even the rivalry between the "beanbags" and the "stuffs" is forgotten in the quest. The contrast between Nash's 1930s' gumshoe writing style and the actual plot of toy animals anxiously searching for Duckie's stuffing is very funny. The illustrations, done in gouache and pencil, are bright and full of humorous details–a ceiling fan made from paper clips, a beauty parlor where a pink poodle styles a penguin, a Lego block lying in an alley. The book is divided into short chapters and the text is presented in two columns, a format that, along with the witty narrative, makes Tuff Fluff a particularly good choice for reluctant readers. Children will fall in love with this soft-boiled detective.–Jane Barrer, Washington Square Village Creative Steps, New York City
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