The First Case

by Ulf Nilsson and Gitte Spee

An engaging, character-driven mystery begins with an aging toad detective investigating... read more

An engaging, character-driven mystery begins with an aging toad detective investigating the theft of nuts from a very upset squirrel. Detective Gordon can’t move as quickly or as easily as he once did. Then he meets a nameless mouse who is young and spry and eager, who quickly becomes his able assistant. First order of business: give her a name. He suggests one he’s always loved: Buffy. The interactions between Buffy—so bright and optimistic and open-hearted—and Detective Gordon—slightly world-weary but wise and buoyed by her presence—are warm and wonderful in a story full of understated humor punctuated by brighter, laugh-out-loud moments (often involving the squirrel). The duo inspect the scenes of the crime, gather clues, conjecture based on what they’ve observed (clearly the suspect can climb trees, for example), then lay a trap, and eventually capture the thieves. Beautiful design, including charming spot and full-page color illustrations, embellish a winning, winsome short chapter book. (Ages 5–8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2016

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