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A little wisp of a toad named Binky has seen it all, or so he thinks. The black-suited detective (Pinecone Division) gets called to finger the perp in a series of cases, from the blonde porridge-eater troubling the Bear family and the kids who took down the candy house deep in the woods to the piggie who lost his temper with Humpty and an apple-poisoning, mirror-obsessed judge of a beauty pageant. Kids will certainly be familiar with all these stories, and Levinthal supplies just enough of a twist with each one to make them fresh again without necessarily reinventing any of them. What’ll really stop kids in their tracks, though, is Nickle’s acrylic artwork. His sophisticated touch is as equally suited to the dramatic, black-and-white re-creations of the crimes as it is to the cheeky scenes of Binky gumshoeing about with various woodland creatures. Hook this one up with Margie Palatini’s The Web Files (2001) and Jeanie Franz Ransom’s What Really Happened to Humpty? (2009) for a soft-boiled shamus storytime. Grades K-3. --Ian Chipman
The New York Times, August 23, 2012:
"That’s the way the nursery rhyme crumbles in these humorous retellings, cast in the world of hard-boiled crime and private detectives."
The Huffington Post, August 6, 2012:
"The first children's book from the wildly creative Levinthal and I hope it won't be the last."
Booklist, September 15, 2012:
"Kids will certainly be familiar with all these stories, and Levinthal supplies just enough of a twist with each one to make them fresh again without necessarily reinventing any of them. What’ll really stop kids in their tracks, though, is Nickle’s acrylic artwork. His sophisticated touch is as equally suited to the dramatic, black-andwhite re-creations of the crimes as it is to the cheeky scenes of Binky gumshoeing about with various woodland creatures."
School Library Journal, September 2012:
"The tongue-in-cheek telling of tales will tickle the fancies of children familiar with the originals."
Some of the stories are better than others but the illustrations are GREAT!!Published 12 months ago by Terri L. Lane
I sent this book to my grandson in japan. I can imagine he and his mother and dad are rolling with laughs when sharing this book Five stars Wish gma Carol could read it to him in... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Carolk
The 2nd grade children that I read this to greatly enjoyed this new take on many old nursery stories!!!! They liked the idea of solving the mysteries of each tale!Published 19 months ago by Stampinmom
This is a darling book that is full of voice by the main character. The children love the connections to all of their favorite stories! A great read-aloud!Published 22 months ago by kdgn
Got this book and others for my nephew who is yet to young to read, but will one day enjoy it!!Published on August 17, 2013 by Lauren
I love this book. How it's written, the illustrations and who doesn't love a good detective!?! My 6 and 7 yr olds LOVE it!Published on July 4, 2013 by Ashley Caudill
I loved the appropriating of the Law and Order story telling style. Levinthal's writing is a reminder of the strength of voice in literature. Read morePublished on June 17, 2013 by Susan MacKay-Logue
This book is hilarious. It helps to know about older TV shows to understand the references. The children lover the great illustrations but the adults get the jokes. Read morePublished on January 22, 2013 by L. Smith