GUS & GERTIE AND THE LUCKY CHARMS by Joan Lowery Nixon

GUS & GERTIE AND THE LUCKY CHARMS

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Age Range: 7 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

Multiple Edgar Award–winning Nixon plunges her penguin sleuths (Gus & Gertie and the Missing Pearl, 2000) into a chilly new case. Clad in complementary flowered, rubber swim caps, Gus and Gertie make their way through a tent crowded with feathered and furred athletes to register for the Animal Winter Olympics—only to discover that synchronized swimming is not a winter event. Worse yet, Gertie’s lucky fish pin vanishes in the hubbub—as do all of the contenders’ lucky charms. Sharp-eyed camera bug Gus fingers (okay, flippers) the culprits—a pair of pack rats named Mugs and Thugs—thanks to a set of revealing Polaroids, then joins Gertie in a wild chase down snow-covered slopes to recover the loot. Not only are deGroat’s brightly colored illustrations just as action-packed as the plot, but she strews them with visual clues for alert young detectives to pick out. Gus and Gertie may not achieve their Olympian dream, but they’ll give Nate the Great, or Cam Jansen, a run for their money any day. (Fiction. 7-9)

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2001
ISBN: 1-58717-099-X
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: SeaStar/North-South
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 2001




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