From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4-In the third installment of this series, Drake Doyle and Nell Fossey continue to use their love of science to solve mysteries. The four cases presented here include the extraction of a classmate trapped in her laundry chute, the identification of who or what is menacing the annual Budding Botanists Junior Rose Club competition, the hair-raising revelation of the ghost of the Old Mossy Graveyard, and exposing the culprits involved in the illegal sale of rare Diamond Tipped Parrots. The fifth-grade detectives are aided by their parents and Nell's dog, Dr. Livingston. The end of the book presents activities and experiments for readers to pursue in their efforts to become junior science detectives. The stories move quickly, holding readers' interest. The resolutions are viable and the elements used to crack each case are based on scientific principles. The main characters are believable and thoroughly engaging. Pencil illustrations complement the tales. Early chapter-book readers will be enchanted with the deductive skills and humor of Doyle and Fossey, whose adventures will remind the readers of Cam Jansen and Einstein Anderson.Linda B. Zeilstra, Skokie Public Library, IL
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Gr. 3-6. Children who liked the previous books in the quirky, imaginative Doyle and Fossey Science Detective series will welcome this one. As before, the "cases" aren't really mysteries at all: they are science puzzles. In the first one the junior scientists use baking powder and vinegar to help get an obnoxious classmate out of a laundry shoot. In another the kids expose a ghost as a fraud. The final case seems a bit out of place: the sleuths help foil animal smugglers. A selection of activities and experiments based on the investigations appears at the end, written in the same delightful, tongue-in-cheek style as the cases themselves. The stories and the experiments stress the importance of good scientific method, including note-taking and organization. The experiments are best suited for older children or those who can count on adult help. Marta SegalCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved