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THE 13TH CLUE by Ann Jonas

THE 13TH CLUE

By Ann Jonas (Author) , Ann Jonas (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Oct. 23rd, 1992
ISBN: 0-688-09742-1
Publisher: Greenwillow/HarperCollins

 ``What a terrible day,'' reads the diary, but ``at least they sang to me at school.'' What follows is a treasure-hunt ending, of course, in a birthday party; in this case, it's the clues along the way that intrigue: instructions spelled out in the grass, with clothes on a line, with a coiled jump rope or carefully laid sticks; to be read upside down or inside out, or by unscrambling an anagram or decoding a rebus--all imaginatively displayed in Jonas's clean, beautifully composed illustrations. In addition to the evidence of her diary, the birthday girl is seen only as a shadow--plus, once, as a reflection and (implicitly) as the recipient of a warm welcome at the end. Another handsome and appealing book from this unusually innovative artist. (Picture book. 4-8)