A slightly surreal tale by Lyon (The Runaway Duck, 1985, etc.), about a sleuth and her mink sidekick on the trail of cookie thieves. Olivia Smith and Slinky stop for milk and cookies at a roadside cafâ€š run by the residents of the Home Away From Home Orphanage, but the children burst into tears, explaining that their cookies have all been spirited away. Slinky and Olivia follow a trail of exotic birds pecking at crumbs, coming at last upon a group of tunic-clad bears performing mystical rites to a ""strange but compelling tune."" They think the cookies were made for them by little troll bakers; when their error is explained, they remorsefully return the cookies, and in a happy final scene, orphans and bears celebrate together. A satiric touch or two (the bears, for example, appoint a fact-finding commission to investigate the accusation of theft) spices this oddball offering.