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The Malted Falcon: A Chet Gecko Mystery Hardcover – April 1, 2003

4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
Book 7 of 15 in the Chet Gecko Mystery Series

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Grade 3-5-With characteristic pizzazz and the help of his mockingbird partner, Natalie Attired, the fourth-grade detective takes on two cases at the same time. Freddie Nostrils hires him to locate his "friend's" lost winning ticket to the Malted Falcon contest-a chance to enjoy a favorite dessert once a week for a year-and Lili Padd wants him to retrieve a valentine. The two cases turn out to have much in common. Hale entertains with a noir style adapted for a young audience, and the full-page, black-and-white illustrations are adorable. Those who haven't read a "Chet Gecko" mystery don't know what they're missing.
Saleena L. Davidson, South Brunswick Public Library, Monmouth Junction, NJ
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Gr. 3-5. Two cases! What luck for Emerson Hickey Elementary School's brash, young lizard detective Chet Gecko and his mockingbird partner Natalie Attired. Unfortunately, neither case is a snap to solve as the critters quickly discover in their latest mystery, which leaves them scrambling to find both a missing valentine and the winning ticket for a scrumptious, stupendous dessert. With an over-the-top, tough-guy image (think Bogie with a penchant for wacky wordplay) and an antipathy toward the opposite sex (eeeuw . . . "cooties!"), Chet has plenty of personality. The illustrations are a bit sweet for the tone, and some of the allusions and jokes will fly right over the heads of younger readers (Zoomin' Mayta teaches music), but the goofball humor and the wacky goings-on will definitely please Gecko's fans and also win a few converts to the long-running series. Just right for the armchair detective who likes mysteries on the light side. Stephanie Zvirin
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 440L (What's this?)
  • Series: Chet Gecko (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books; First Edition edition (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152167064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152167066
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,639,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. Rosenfeld on September 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
My son (9) loved this book! I am thrilled because he'd usually rather play sports than sit down and read a book. I met Mr. Hale at a conference recently and was impressed by his intelligence, wit and love of writing for children. Most books mean different things to different people, and some people approach a book, an author or a particular subject with a personal agenda, emotional baggage or ill-conceived notions. The Malted Falcon is a fun story that will delight children with its humor and creative characterizations. Thankfully, children usually appoach books with open minds and objectivity --unlike some 'wiser' adults.
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I don't understand why Smith doesn't like the Chet Gecko series and felt it necessary to type the same line on the page of every book in the series. I am reading number seven in the series and they have all been great. I am now twelve and I still enjoy them. The Malted Falcon was a particular favorite because I laughed all the way through. If you like funny stories with a little mystery mixed in, these are for you.
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Kids who enjoy the Time Warp Trio and other volumes with wise-cracking characters will enjoy the Bruce Hale books. I'm not sure why another reviewer felt compelled to give this series one star; he also went to the trouble of repeating the identical review for every book in the series. If he disliked the first one so much, one wonders why--and if--he read the others.
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Well imagined, fun, and entertaining, each on of these. Great series--my boys love the fact that there are so many of them, that way they never really seem to run out.
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