OLD TOM, MAN OF MYSTERY

Angela Throgmorton has had it with lazy Old Tom. She makes a long list of chores her feline companion can do to help around the house. When she presents it to him, he falls ill. Taking him at his word, she tucks him in and does some chores herself. Awakened in the night by mysterious footsteps, Angela follows a strangely familiar figure through the city. When she deduces the identity of the . . . er, man in the mask, she lies in wait for him at home. Angela can never stay mad at Old Tom for long, and she makes him breakfast in bed. After all, he’ll need his strength to tackle the long list of chores. Published two years ago in Australia, Old Tom’s second American outing lacks some of the charm of the first, Old Tom’s Holiday (2004). Still, the deadpan delivery and squiggly, almost drunken illustrations are back, and fans who loved the first will enjoy this. It just might not win Tom any new ones. (Picture book. 4-9)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2005

ISBN: 1-56145-346-3

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Peachtree

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2005

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THE FENWAY FOUL-UP

BALLPARK MYSTERIES, #1

From the Ballpark Mysteries series , Vol. 1

A new series for emerging chapter-book readers combines the allure of baseball parks with the challenge of solving a mystery. Mike and Kate have tickets to a Red Sox game and an all-access pass to the park, courtesy of Kate's mom, a sportswriter. The pass comes in handy when it's reported that star player Big D's lucky bat has been stolen, as it allows them to help find the thief. Historical details about Fenway Park, including the secret code found on the manual scoreboard, a look at Wally the mascot and a peek into the gift shop, will keep the young baseball fan reading, even when the actual mystery of the missing bat falls a little flat. Writing mysteries for very young readers is a challenge—the puzzle has to be easy enough to solve while sustaining readers' interest. This slight adventure is more baseball-park travel pamphlet than mystery, a vehicle for providing interesting details about one of the hallowed halls of baseball. Not a homerun, but certainly a double for the young enthusiast. On deck? The Pinstripe Ghost, also out on Feb. 22, 2011. (historical notes) (Mystery. 6-9)

 

 

Pub Date: Feb. 22, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-375-86703-3

Page Count: 112

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: Dec. 30, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2011

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DETECTIVE DINOSAUR UNDERCOVER

From the Detective Dinosaur series , Vol. 1

Detective Dinosaur, showcased in his third entry in the I Can Read! series, is the same charming numbskull readers have come to love. This book is broken up into three chapters, each of which is a “case” for the detective to solve. In the first caper, when Detective Dinosaur is called in to do some undercover work, the real mystery is his interpretation of "undercover." In the second, the dinosaur has a nightmare—er, napmare—and wakes up to find mysterious large blobs at the end of his blanket-covered legs. The third mystery takes the sleuth on an outing during which he tries to deduce why the sun is shining brightly even though he keeps getting soaked. Enhancing the narrative is a cast of funky characters, such as Ricky Raptor and Cadet Kitty, illustrated in bright cavorting watercolors. Readers will smirk at being smarter than the detective and giggle at his goof-ups. With a pronunciation guide for those tongue-twisting dinosaur names, this accessible and super-silly romp will be a boost for those about to embark on the next level for chapter books. (Early reader. 4-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2010

ISBN: 978-0-06-623878-4

Page Count: 48

Publisher: HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: July 15, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2010

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