GUS & GERTIE AND THE MISSING PEARL by Joan Lowery Nixon

GUS & GERTIE AND THE MISSING PEARL

by & illustrated by
Age Range: 7 - 9
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

Vacationing penguins Gertie and Gus arrive at Holiday Island dressed in their best, only to find themselves at seedy OTEL, where the Bad Guys Club meets, rather than the elegant Hotel de View, which they’d booked. It’s not long before the “rascally rowdies, wretched wharf rats, riffraff, and ruffians,” including the wily weasel, the agile alligator, and other alliterative animals, rip off Gertie’s “beautiful, valuable deep sea pearl.” Enter the Law, spectacularly depicted as a mirror-sunglassed, motorcycle-riding, mean-looking warthog. Questioning ensues, during which readers can spot the miscreant in an array of arresting, clue-filled watercolors based on camera-happy Gus’s Polaroids: “See this picture of a cowboy boot with a bulge in it?” Gus asks, and the chase is on. Far be it from bad guys to pass up a ride in an officer’s sidecar, but Gertie wants speed and tosses them out. The “scummy scallywags” pursue the Law to the Hotel de View and help catch the thief, adding to a high-spirited denouement, in which deGroat (One Small Dog, p. 1118, etc.) illustrates her ability to lampoon snobs as well as lowlifes, a satisfying conclusion to an adventure that shows there’s no place like home. Here is high action, deft characterization to the depth needed, lots of brightly colored pictures, and built-in interactivity in a first chapter book for young mystery fans. (Fiction. 7-9)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2000
ISBN: 1-58717-022-1
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: NorthSouth
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2000




MORE BY JOAN LOWERY NIXON

ChildrenLAUGH TILL YOU CRY by Joan Lowery Nixon
by Joan Lowery Nixon
ChildrenNIGHTMARE by Joan Lowery Nixon
by Joan Lowery Nixon
ChildrenTHE TRAP by Joan Lowery Nixon
by Joan Lowery Nixon

MORE BY DIANE DEGROAT

ChildrenCHARLIE THE RANCH DOG by Ree Drummond
by Ree Drummond
ChildrenHOMER by Shelley Rotner
by Shelley Rotner
ChildrenCHARLIE THE RANCH DOG by Ree Drummond
by Ree Drummond