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A Hare-Raising Tale : A Fletcher Mystery Paperback – May 1, 2002
Gr. 2-5. Fletcher, the sleepy-eyed basset hound from Levy's Something Queer series, becomes lead protagonist and detective in this new Ready-for-Chapters book. When eight-year-old Jill adopts Fletcher the stray dog, he and his best flea friend, Jasper, are happy to get a home. Things are looking up until Jill takes Fletcher, with his unique markings, to show-and-tell. Fletcher is initially a hit; but when the class rabbit mysteriously disappears, he's targeted as a potential bunny-eater. However, Fletcher reveals that slow-moving doesn't mean slow-witted, and with Jasper's aid, Fletcher finds and reveals the real culprit. Well paced for a beginning chapter book, this features familiar classroom personalities and activities, as well as plenty of goofy humor, from Jasper's tongue twisters to Fletcher's first-person, descriptive narrative, which includes amusing commentary on human and animal behavior. Readers will enjoy the unlikely but likable dog detective, who discovers the joys of family, has a nose for sleuthing, and enjoys an occasional salami treat. A solid addition to the Ready-for-Chapters series. Illustrations not available for review. Shelle Rosenfeld
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About the Author
Elizabeth Levy says:
There are three things I love -- dogs, mysteries, and salami. I also am fascinated and moved by the ways we love our pets and they love us. I first wrote about Fletcher, a salami-eating basset hound, in the Something Queer Mysteries more than thirty years ago. But those books were Gwen and Jill's mysteries. I always wondered what Fletcher thought about things. I love hearing from kids and visiting schools. Children from all over the world sent me wonderful drawings of Fletcher. I decided it was time for Fletcher to tell his own stories and star in his own series. But writing is mysterious. I never knew that a friendly flea named Jasper would join Fletcher. As I began these books, Jasper just started popping up and chatting. Now, Gwen, Jill, Fletcher, Mordicai, and I have a new friend. He's rather tiny, but he's a lot of fun, and I'm looking forward to more mysteries with Fletcher and Jasper and their humans, Gwen and Jill.
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The story is about a sleepy-eyed basset named Fletcher, whose fur spots are uniquely shaped like the continents of the world. He narrates the story to us, and starts off by saying that when he was a pup, he was put in the pet store, but because no one bought him, he was thrown out the back door and had to live in the streets. He makes friends with a flea named Jasper, but soon afterwards they are caught and put in the dog pound. While living in the pound, a girl named Jill comes and adopts him, and Fletcher goes to live with her. Jill and her friend Gwen decide to use Fletcher for show and tell, but things start going bad for Fletcher, when he is accused of doing something to Aniken (a mean rabbit), who is found missing after show and tell. Fletcher must prove that he is innocent by finding out what happened to Aniken.
My niece and I found this book exciting from start to finish. In the beginning of the book, Fletcher is very concerned about how he looks, and feels that he will not do well like other bassets because of his short tail and his unusual spots. But later, he finds that he has other special qualities, which he uses to solve the mystery. This provides a very nice moral for children who are concerned about what others think of them, and tells them that they should not lose hope even when things look bad.
Author Elizabeth Levy has used simple grammar and Mordicai Gerstein has drawn nice illustrations which children will find amusing and interesting. All in all, this is a fun chapter book to read which children and adults will find amusing to read.