From School Library Journal
Grade 2-5-In this fourth book in the series, friends Willie, Lucy, and Kyle decide they need a headquarters for their detective agency. They settle into Kyle's attic, since the equipment and files of Loony Loraine, the amateur detective who lived in the house before she died, are stored there. Their longing for a case to solve is soon answered when Scarface, the parrot that also used to belong to Loony Loraine, begins to act strange. At the same time, Chuckie, the neighborhood bully, also changes his behavior. They decide that both the parrot and Chuckie have been abducted and brainwashed by aliens, and send the earrings that Chuckie bought Lucy off to "the authorities," the editors of Alert! magazine, to have them tested for computer chips. A trip to the vet and an answer from Alert! confirms that Chuckie and Scarface suffer from the same ailment, but it is not alien abduction; they're both in love. Truesdell's pen-and-ink illustrations are the perfect complement to this lighthearted mystery. The cartoon characters with their big eyes and comical investigative ways have surefire appeal and the story develops just enough to be exciting without being scary or threatening. Fans of David A. Adler's "Cam Jansen" books (Viking) will enjoy this fast-paced adventure and will want to look for the other Wild Willie mysteries. Linda L. Plevak, Alamo Area Library System, San Antonio, TX
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Gr. 2-5. The fourth book in the Wild Willie Mystery series presents detectives Willie, Lucy, and Kyle in a state of bafflement over the neighborhood bully. Chuckie is suddenly acting odd. He's not his usual money-grubbing self or up to his nasty tricks. His face and hair are clean. He's even wearing cologne. Has he come under extraterrestrial influence? Armed with periscope, binoculars, and notebook, the detectives spy on him, but Chuckie is always spying back. Then there's the strange behavior of Kyle's talking parrot, Scarface, who, it seems, holds the key to the odd goings on. Sue Truesdell's playful, cartoon illustrations show the exaggerated emotions in all the actions, and chapter-book readers will relish figuring out what's up before the detectives do. Shelley Townsend-HudsonCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved