From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6--Each spread features a different crime, and a page of text faces an illustration that gives visual clues. These black-line drawings with a touch of orange are reminiscent of the art in Highlights magazines. Reluctant readers will be drawn to the simplicity of the text; budding detectives will appreciate the challenge of solving the crimes. The cases are generally adult-oriented, involving bank robbers or disloyal business partners. The clues are usually evident after careful searching: readers spot a suitcase matching the criminal's, the thief's clothes are dirty, etc. The answers appear at the end of the book. Additional fare that's a combination of Martin Handford's "Where's Waldo" (Candlewick) and Donald Sobol's "Encyclopedia Brown" (Bantam).--Debbie Whitbeck, West Ottawa Public Schools, Holland, MI
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Gr. 2-5. Forty illustrated stories, each only a few paragraphs in length, encourage readers to help young private detectives Daisy Pepper and Ridley Long solve a variety of mysteries. The stories incorporate puzzles, secret codes, and sequences of events that must be dealt with in order to unravel the mystery, with lively, detailed black-and-orange ink drawings providing visual clues. If readers are stumped, the answers to the mysteries appear at the book's end. These stories, first published in Germany, would be equally fun to solve individually or in a class or group. Readers who enjoy George Shannon and Peter Sis' Stories to Solve
series should enjoy these moderately challenging puzzlers. Ed SullivanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved