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The Web Files Hardcover – May 2, 2001

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"6:32 a.m. This is the farm. My partner, Bill, and I were working the barnyard shift. It was peaceful. Quiet. Then we got the call."
Much of this fowl-filled homage to Dragnet (DUM DE DUM DUM!) will be lost on kids--and a few grownups, for that matter. But that doesn't make this straight-faced send-up of that famous crime-partner show--and a dozen-odd fairy tales thrown in for good measure--any less funny.

"So you're saying you were robbed, is that right, ma'am? What exactly is missing from the nest, ma'am? Eggs, ma'am? Chicks, ma'am?" But it turns out that it's peppers that have gone missing--a peck of "perfect purple, almost-pickled peppers." But nobody was talking: "We had Horner in the corner and were trying to make Little Boy Blue quack." Then our intrepid pair of web-footed investigators gets a break in the case when a tub of "tartest tasty tomahtoes" turns up missing. DUM DE DUM DUM!

It's just more wit from the wonderful Margie Palatini, who brought us Piggie Pie and Zoom Broom, backed up on this assignment by the spirited illustrations of Richard Egielski. (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes

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This punny parody freely alludes to the TV drama Dragnet, as two "ducktectives" attempt to "quack the case" of several robberies on a farm. Each scene opens with a time of day and location, noted in hard-boiled bold print. A blotchy typewriter font suggests the gruff voice of Ducktective Web, a white-feathered, fedora-capped "flatfoot." Web reports that a chicken's "peck of... perfect purple almost-pickled peppers" has been stolen, a sheep is missing some lettuce and Little Boy Blue has an alibi (oddly, potential pepper-pincher Peter Piper goes unmentioned). Headquarters swarms with storybook characters: "A miss named Muffet had just been tossed off her tuffet and a gal named Peep was missing some sheep. I noticed that three little kittens had lost their mittens. They began to cry." Ultimately, in a rather anticlimactic finale, a "dirty rat" (literally) gets the rap. Egielski (Jazper; Hey, Al) sets the police drama in a spotless barnyard, where a "wanted" poster pictures a wolf, and three blind mice lodge a complaint about their bandaged behinds. The illustrator's bright sky-blues and straw-golds counteract the claustrophobic, mock-tough narration. From the intermittent "dum de dum dum" sound effect to the catch-phrase "Book him, Ducko," Palatini (Ding Dong Ding Dong) mimics classic detective television and adds a nursery-rhyme twist. But the gags may be best appreciated by an adult audience. Ages 4-7.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 220L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; 1st ed edition (May 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078680419X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786804191
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #710,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wow. My very first picture book -- PIGGIE PIE!, is celebrating
it's fifteenth anniversary this year! It tickles me to know that
'Gritch' is still giving giggles.
Visit her and my other characters on my website: www.margiepalatini.com

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Catherine S. Vodrey on April 28, 2002
Format: Hardcover
What a fun and funny book Margie Palatini has written--and Richard Egielski's cartoonish yet deadpan illustrations complement it beautifully. Palatini has taken the "Dum de dum dum" theme from TV's long-ago "Dragnet" and applied it here to a barnyard mystery. Sounds simple, and simplistic, but she soars in weaving into the story all sorts of fairy tale and nursery rhyme goodies--not to mention wonderful wordplay, like:
"A lot of squawking going on down in the coop area, Ducktective Web. Looks like fowl play. Report says feathers are flying. Chief says we should check out the chicks."
"Chicks?"
"Check."
"Let's fly." DUM DE DUM DUM . . .
Palatini works in Peter Piper and his pack of pickled peppers (upping the ante by calling them perfect and purple as well), a falsely accused Little Boy Blue who offers the alibi that HE didn't do it because he was under the haystack, fast asleep--which the witnesses then confirm with: "The sheep were in the meadow. Cows in the corn." Swing back again quickly to the "Dragnet" end of things and the author makes one of the suspects an actual Dirty Rat (aptly named Ratzo).
This is fun for children and possibly even more fun for their baby boomer parents. It's a great read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Todd Ihrig on January 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
We picked this book up at the library and have been laughing out loud ever since. You can read about the story itself in the editorial review above. This is one book I really love reading several times a day (as most kids want you to do). I've had a great time trying to get the Dragnet dead-pan voice just right - now try doing it with a tongue-twister too! This book is just plain funny!
We both love the myriad references to other stories and characters, the tongue-twisting fun and wonderful illustrations. She loves hearing me read it and catches me if I miss one of the twisters. Reading the same book over and over truly CAN be fun!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 3, 2002
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The Web Files is a wacky, hilarious detective tale set in a barnyard with two ducks as heroes. Dum De Dum Dum. Styled on the old Dragnet series model, the tale unfolds with minimum clipped dialogue and lots of implied action humourously expressed by the color illustrations of Richard Egielski. This school age child's book's style is contagious. Be prepared for repeat requests to read this one aloud.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Judith C. Kinney on October 4, 2002
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Dragnet (dum de dum dum), nursery rhymes (Little Boy Blue), James Cagney (you dirty rat), and Hawaii 5-O (Book 'im, ducko) all contribute to this clever detective tale, and the typeface looks like typewriter type, just as a detective's report would have looked before computers.
The inventive use of other sources and the logical detection of the plot make this a winner for adults. I can't wait to see how my four-year-old grandson likes it.
Parts of some illustrations didn't seem to have anything to do with the story, but the lettuce leaf hanging from the dirty rat's chin is perfect, though obvious.
If the children you read to like mysteries, try the Nate the Great series by Marjorie Sharmat. They are easy-to-read books and great logic puzzles for the young.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 5, 2001
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Margie Palatini and Richard Egielski's splendid picturebook Web Files is a different, celebrated form of intrigue for the very young in which someone has pilfered a peck of perfect purple almost-pickled peppers. It's up to Ducktective Web to investigate. Good reading skills or parental assistance will enhance appreciation of this pun-filled frolic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on June 27, 2001
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"6:32AM, My partner Bill and I were working the barnyard shift. It was peaceful. Quiet. Then we got the call." There was a robbery at the hen house...peppers, purple almost pickled peppers. Back at headquarters, the place was really jumping. A miss named Muffet had been tossed off her tuffet. A gal named Peep was missing sheep and Horner was in the corner trying to make Boy Blue quack. As Ducktective Web and his sidekick Bill try and "quack the case", they're called to the scene of another robbery. "10:43AM, Corner of Barn and Pen." More vanishing vegetables. A horse is missing tomatoes and a sheep, lettuce. Looks like the makings of a salad. And there's only one suspect who's M.O. fits the crime, Dirty Rat. "Book him, Ducko!"..... From the time and place that begins each scene, to the Dum-de-dum-dums, to the dead-pan narration by Ducktective Web, Margie Palatini has outdone herself with this parody of the TV show, Dragnet. Her ingenious text is full of humor, alliteration, wordplay and puns and both kids and adults alike, will be laughing out loud at the antics of this crime fighting duo. Richard Egielski's colorful, expressive, detailed artwork complements the story perfectly and youngsters will love finding their favorite nursery rhyme characters, used so cleverly in the story. Although, adults will relish the inside jokes, you don't have to be a fan of Dragnet, or even know the series to enjoy this book. Perfect for children 4 and older, The Web Files is a terrific book the entire family can share and a wonderful addition to all home libraries.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 24, 2003
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Hysterically funny book, especially for Dragnet lovers. Third and Fourth graders love the book, second graders don't get all the humor. Well worth a fifteen buck investment.
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