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Richard Scarry's The Great Pie Robbery and Other Mysteries Hardcover – August 5, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Hardcover: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; 7.6.2008 edition (August 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402758235
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402758232
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 9.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Scarry is one of the world's best-loved children's authors EVER! Generations of children all over the world have grown up spending hours poring over his books filled with all the colorful details of their daily lives. No other illustrator has shown such a lively interest in the words and concepts of early childhood. For himself, whenever he was asked how old he was, Scarry would always put up one hand and laugh, saying, "five!"
In his extraordinary career, Richard Scarry illustrated over 150 books, many of which have never been out of print. His books have sold over 100 million copies around the world, and are currently published in over twenty languages. Richard Scarry, Jr., also an illustrator, carries on his father's work today under the name of Huck Scarry. He was posthumously awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Society of Illustrators in 2012.

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Richard Scarry's books were loved by my children and me both!!
Mary A. Hopple
It instantly became her favorite book and I have to read one of the three stories for her EVERY night.
Eowyn77
My 4 years old son loves it...asking us to read this book over and over again!
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By donkee on July 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I cannot believe this book has been out of print for so long. It is THE BEST Richard Scarry EVER! It is a mystery book where Sam Cat & Dudley Pig solve crimes. If you grew up in the 70's you probably remember them. Three complete stories now in a more "horizontal" form (The Great Pie Robbery, The Supermarket Mystery, & The Great Steamboat Mystery.) I grew up with a book that contained the first two. It was titled "Great Big Mystery Book." It was my most favorite childhood book. I truly believe it fostered my love of mystery & crime solving...B.A. in Criminology :) It is a GEM of a book and I am thrilled it is now available. As my husband was looking at the third story (Steamboat), his face lit up as his memory brought him back. I cannot recommend this book enough. It is the quintessential Scarry.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Shanna A. Gonzalez on June 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Sam and Dudley are two detectives, and this trio of stories about them will introduction children to the genre of crime mysteries. In the first, they track down the no-goods who robbed Ma Dog's pie bakery; in the second they solve the mystery of who has been stealing groceries from Grocer Dog's store. In the third they cleverly trap the bandits who have stolen Mrs. Pig's wedding pearls.

Through careful sleuthing, with some slapstick humor and exciting action, the two detectives solve the three mysteries in a methodical way, finding and following clues and exemplifying the importance of being aware of one's surroundings. Unlike most of the Richard Scarry books I have seen so far, while the illustrations are very interesting and detailed, the story is actually carried by the text, making this book a better read-aloud than (for example) Cars and Trucks and Things That Go.

This is a perfect crime story for young children. The villains are one-dimensional crooks who masquerade as regular citizens -- evil enough to provide suspense in the conflict between them and the detectives, but not so evil that they will frighten readers. The detectives are intelligent and likable, and their methods and disguises are quite funny.

Most of the old Richard Scarry books have become collectibles, making them expensive to acquire. This one was republished in 2008 and is again widely available.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Sexton on January 15, 2009
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I have ordered a number of Richard Scarry books for my daughter, but none of them seemed to contain the stories that I loved so much as a child. "The Bedtime Storybook" had some in it, but I couldn't find any that had the adventures of Sam the Cat and Dudley Pig. "The Great Pie Robbery" was out of print. But now, the book is back in print and after ordering it for my daughter, I can tell you that it's every bit as magical as I remembered. A truly fabulous story book for kids.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Shravani Gupta on October 6, 2010
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This book was a surprise for my 5 year old to get an introduction into the world of mystery. It is obviously not meant for older children who would like to read more intriguing mysteries. But it was great for my son, who has never read a mystery book before. The great steamboat robbery is my son's favourite, where Mrs. Pig's pearls get stolen. Sam cat and Dudley pig are our fabulous detectives, who can solve any mystery in no time. It gets the little minds thinking, and trying to pick up clues themselves. Richard scarry books have always been a presonal favourite of mine. I came across them only now, after I had children. I value them, because they are so good for introducing new concepts to little minds.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Esslinger on August 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My children were introduced to the "Richard Scarry" books 40 years ago. Now, I am buying them for my grand-children. Amazon sent me an email of a "new" Scarry book, "The Great Pie Robbery", I'm not sure if it is ,indeed, a new book, or simply a new publication of an older book. Either way, it is wonderful ! Great illustrations, a story to keep the interest of 3 to 4 year olds, and a delight in every way.
Along with "Doctor Scuess", Richard Scarry books are as good as children's book can be written.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bld424 on July 3, 2013
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My children love Richard Scarry. This one is longer than many of his stories, each one is over ten pages long. One makes a suitable bedtime story for a 2 and 3 year old, whereas the other Richard Scarry books we own we must read ten short stories/topics. There is no Huckle Cat storyline and no Goldbug to find... just FYI.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tamara Donohue on August 27, 2008
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This is a great book! I don't know why our library doesn't have it. The stories are great and the pictures are very funny to my five and seven year old.
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By Jill on April 13, 2014
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My grandson loves this book for bedtime, when he spends the night. I'm pretty sure, it's the combination of stories, and illustrations that he's attracted to.
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