The Case of the Missing Action Figure

illus. by Laurie Keller. 96p. (Marty Frye, Private Eye). Holt. Jun. 2017. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9781250116611.
Gr 2–4—This is a reboot of a 1998 book by Tashjian. Marty Frye is an amateur detective who just so happens to be obsessed with poetry. Using tactics such as observation and interviews, he sets out to solve three mysteries: "The Case of the Missing Diary," "The Case of Action Chuck," and "The Case of the Mixed-Up Flour." Marty's passion for poetry is so extensive that he speaks only in rhyme. For that reason, this book would be appropriate for students learning about rhyming. However, the rhyming speech oftentimes feels forced and a little out of place, interrupting the flow of this mostly plot-driven book.
VERDICT This transitional chapter book is an additional purchase for students learning about poetic devices; young mystery fans will also enjoy it.

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