March 18, 2018

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A Case in Any Case by Ulf Nilsson | SLJ Review

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caseinredstarNILSSON, Ulf. A Case in Any Case. tr. from Swedish by Julia Marshall. illus. by Gitte Spee. 108p. (Detective Gordon: Bk. 3). ebook available. Gecko. Mar. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781776571086.
Gr 1-4 –Everyone’s favorite cake-eating toad, Detective Gordon, has retired from police work and has embarked upon a life of leisure. Buffy, his stalwart deputy, is now chief detective, and the little mouse takes her job most seriously. Unfortunately, she is plagued by strange noises at night and longs for her old friend and confidant. Meanwhile, Gordon is beginning to find his retirement less than stimulating and misses his beautiful police hat and magnificent stamp with its thunderous “kla-dunk.” When two young animals go missing from a kindergarten class, Gordon and Buffy decide to rejoin forces to solve this most vexing of cases. Charming, droll, and approachable, this series is old-fashioned in the best sense of the word. Life lessons are imparted within these pages but with a gentleness and brevity that allow a simple yet engaging plot to move forward. Spee’s illustrations, done in warm and enveloping tones, set the perfect, cozy mood. VERDICT While kids don’t need to have read the first two volumes, they will enjoy the repetitive quirks of the two main characters if they have. Perfect for graduates of early chapter books and a guaranteed hit as a read-aloud, this is a definite purchase for all children’s collections.–Amy Nolan, St. Joseph Public Library, MI

This review was published in the School Library Journal March 2017 issue.