The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake/The Case of the Poached Egg

Thanks to the amazing generosity of author Robin Newman, I have two wonderful mystery tales (both in the same series) to write about today!

Book 1: The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake
by Robin Newman, illustrated by Deborah Zemke

MFI (Missing Food Investigators) Detective Wilcox and Captain Griswold have picked up a tasty case: a missing carrot cake! Suspects include the carnivorous Fowler the Owl, the constantly hungry Porcini, and the sweet-toothed Hot Dog. Will they be able to solve the mystery of Miss Rabbit’s missing cake before her party?

Book 2: The Case of the Poached Egg *
*This book is due to be released in April
by Robin Newman, illustrated by Deborah Zemke

“Fowl” play is afoot at Ed’s farm! In this sequel, Wilcox and Griswold have scooped up an egg-ceptional case when Henrietta’s beloved egg Penny disappears right before Farmer Eg’s Big Speggtacular. Who is the egg-napper? Wilcox and Griswold interview a variety of possible suspects, including potential rival Gabby Goose and kernel-counting Count Peck! Miss Rabbit from the first book in the series also appears as a suspect as our two detectives rush to find the “poached” egg in time for the Spegggtacular!

Both stories are part of the Wilcox and Griswold Mystery series, a fun series that follows the case files of the two mice in charge of investigating missing food cases! As a huge fan of the mystery genre, I’m always looking for more mystery stories to introduce my growing readers to this exciting genre. I was very excited to learn about this series and am looking forward to sharing it with my students.  Each story is around 40 pages or less, uses larger font, and are a great choice for growing readers in grades 1 – 3 looking for chapter books.

These funny mystery stories are full of fun idioms and puns that add to the humor of the engaging tales. Deborah Zemke’s entertaining illustrations of the anthropomorphized farm animal characters adorn each page.  With subtle clues, diligent detectives, and comical suspects, this series will serve as a great introduction to the mystery genre for growing readers.

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