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Case Closed?! Forty Mini Series for You To Solve Hardcover – October, 2003

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: The Millbrook Press; 1 edition (October 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761327398
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761327394
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,128,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Sullivan
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By Barb on November 17, 2012
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These mini mysteries were just right in content and length. My students loved solving these mysteries. They were engaging and fun. This book was just what I was looking for to help my 2nd graders start thinking like detectives.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elyse Parmentier on October 8, 2012
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I am a speech-language pathologist who works with children with reading and language processing difficulties. Through the years, I have used this book and Obrist's other book, "Open and Shut Cases", in my therapy sessions with students from 8 - 15 years old. The kids love solving the mysteries. Using this book allows them to read and comprehend a short text, learn vocabulary, develop reasoning and thinking skills, pay attention to details, and have some fun. I recommend this book to other therapists, and to any adults who want to encourage the children they know to read, think and solve mysteries.
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