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The reader must use the accompanying map and follow clues in order to help Biance Beare, a blind detective, rescue a rare pet iguana from kidnappers.
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Gr 4-6--Readers must follow specific directions and use map-reading skills to find the petnapper of Snookums, a rare iguana. Each step successfully solved will lead children to a particular page as the detective work continues. Solving the mystery requires the use of a street index, stadium-seating diagram, park and city map, shopping-mall directory, museum visitors' guide, telephone book, train schedule, travel itinerary, and subway map. The mystery unfolds in a picture-book format with bright, cartoon-style art. The city map and ransom note are separate items and kept in special pockets. The text has a breezy, humorous tone. It will take most children several hours (in several sittings) to solve the mystery. Mistakes in following the directions will usually lead to a dead end rather than sending readers off in the wrong direction. The detective's final report (a pull-out letter in its own pocket) gives the solutions for those who get stuck. Children who persevere will have practice using real-life skills and will likely feel a sense of pride in solving a clever, multifaceted puzzle. Note, however, that the loose pieces may make this a difficult title to circulate.
Adele Greenlee, Bethel College, St. Paul, MN
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Book Description Gibbs Smith, 1997. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110879057882
Book Description Gibbs Smith, 1997. Condition: New. Traci O'Very Covey; Traci O'Very Covey (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0879057882
Book Description Gibbs Smith Publishers, 1997. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0879057882