- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: 460 (What's this?)
- Series: A Wilcox and Griswold Mystery
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Creston Books (May 12, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1939547172
- ISBN-13: 978-1939547170
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.3 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #492,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Wilcox and Griswold Mystery: The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake Hardcover – May 12, 2015
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Gr 1–3—When crime happens, especially when food goes missing on the farm, everyone knows who to call: Wilcox and Griswold, mouse crime fighters and food detectives. When Miss Rabbit's carrot cake goes missing, they're on the case. Using the latest technology (video surveillance) and old-fashioned police interrogations, they get to the bottom of the mystery. There are plenty of amusing characters and even more hilarious puns to be found along the way. With lovely, warm full-color illustrations on every page and case file/journal-style entries, this simple tale will be a hit for advanced beginning readers. It is a fantastic choice for that last step before chapter books (perhaps before another famous mouse detective/journalist known for his illustrated easy chapter books). Sweet and charming, this title offers a simple mystery that provides just the right amount of whodunit mixed with humor and good friendship. VERDICT Reminiscent of Marjorie Weinman Sharmat's "Nate the Great" series (Random), this well-illustrated work will find plenty of readers and should find a home in most school and public libraries.—Elizabeth Nicolai, Anchorage Public Library, AK
"Readers ready for chapter books will solve the crime and then be surprised by the twist at the end. Here's hoping for more hard-boiled detecting from Wilcox and Griswold!"
-- Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
Selected a 2015 Best Middle-Grade Book by Kirkus Reviews
"Move over Spade, Friday, and Clouseau. There's a new badge in town. Meet Detective Wilcox, Missing Food Investigator. This inquisitive mouse will lead independent readers on a punny romp across the farm for his latest case to catch a cake thief. Kids are sure to be back for seconds."
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Top Customer Reviews
The word play works beautifully with the excellent illustrations. Adults as well as children have a great time with the humor in the story and the ending is extremely satisfying!
Fast paced Mystery for Children age 4-8, grade Preschool(someone would have to read for them) to 3 grade. A delightful, cute Children's who didn't. A great Chapter Book tale for Young Readers, where they can learn to solve a crime.
These characters will charm Young Readers as they take a romp across the farm to find, what happened to the missing Carrot cake. Simply delicious! Educators, parents, grandparents, and librarians alike are all sure to enjoy this title. A "Dragnet" type adventure for Children. Well done! I look forward to the next grand adventure. Highly recommended!
*Received for an honest review from the publisher*
**Cross-posted on My Book Addiction Reviews dot com**
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Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
A perfect bridge from early readers to beginning chapter books, A Wilcox and Griswold Mystery: The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake is jam-packed with funny illustrations and clever word play.
Two tough, fedora-sporting mice detectives are called in to investigate the shocking theft of Miss Rabbit’s tempting cream-cheese frosted dessert. After taking copious notes and photographing the crime scene, they skillfully interrogate three feathered, furred and curly-tailed suspects. A crummy and crumby trail of clues are lurking about, but the dedicated MFI’s (Missing Food Investigators) are keenly focused on cold, hard evidence. Will it take a lucky break to solve the theft? Or will high tech hi-jinks save the day?
Sprinkled liberally with spot illustrations, the cartoon style illustrations are silly, engaging and integral to the story development. The text is ripe with food puns and rich vocabulary that add to the zany, tasty tale.
Young readers will eagerly devour every delicious morsel – er, page- to get to the end of this mystery mouse-terpiece!
Life on Ed’s farm is busy and productive. Mostly. Except when there a food thief on the loose. That’s when mouse investigators Detective Wilcox and Captain Griswold spring into action. They’re MFI’s – Missing Food Investigators. They get their first call from Ms. Rabbit about her stolen carrot cake. With over 100 animals on the farm, the case is definitely going to be a “hard nut to crack”. The food references add another dimension of fun to this clever story.
The Dragnet style duo will have young readers following clues and laughing at the funny and “punny” illustrations and dialogue. One of my favorite illustrations is the wind up car the officers ride in. This Book One in the series is a perfect introduction to the mystery genre for early readers. It will also delight anyone who enjoys word play and tongue in cheek humor. This book is destined to be a classroom favorite. When you’re done solving the mystery, why not try the excellent Mollie Katzen carrot cake recipe included in the book.
Pros: At 37 pages, this would make a perfect book for kids just transitioning from easy readers to chapter books. There’s plenty of humor in both the text and the illustrations, and the action moves along swiftly. Includes a carrot cake recipe at the end.
Cons: The recipe requires four bowls, which is three too many for my culinary abilities.