The Case of the Shifting Stacks

32p. 978-1-60270-563-0.
K-Gr 2 Early readers will enjoy following a crime-fighting cat-and-dog team as they solve mysteries. The texts encourage sentence fluency and conclude with a whimsical recurring pattern, and the bright and cheerful drawings of a variety of cartoon animals create an entertaining jaunt for young sleuths. In "Goldfish", Furlock and Muttson must use water-splattered clues to find out what happened to Mrs. Bumblebear's pet. In "Mystery Museum", they must figure out why items have disappeared during a fossil exhibit. In "Shifting Stacks", books are missing from the library. Fans of Bunnicula or Cam Jansen will be rooting for these intrepid sleuths."Melissa Smith, Green Valley Library, Henderson, NV" Copyright 2010 Media Source Inc.
Furlock, a cat, and Muttson, a dog, are detectives in the tradition of Nate the Great, but with much less style. The two solve crimes (which are usually just misunderstandings), then drive off in the Furlock-Mobile. Very early chapter book readers will be able to handle the language and sentence structure; the colorful, innocuous cartoon-style illustrations may hold their interest. Review covers these Short Tales: Furlock & Muttson Mysteries titles: The Case of the Community Garden, The Case of the Grumpy Chicken, The Case of the Haunted House, The Case of the Missing Goldfish, The Case of the Mystery Museum, and The Case of the Shifting Stacks.

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