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 Case of the missing carrot cake (Wilcox and Griswold mystery)
 Author: Newman, Robin

 Publisher:  Creston Books (2015)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: 40 p., ill., 23 cm.

 BTSB No: 674791 ISBN: 9781939547170
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Mystery fiction
 Farm life -- Fiction
 Food -- Fiction

Price: $20.66

When Miss Rabbit's carrot cake goes missing on Ed's farm, Detectives Wilcox and Griswold do what it takes to track down the thieves.

 Illustrator: Zemke, Deborah

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.00
   Points: .5   Quiz: 185051

   School Library Journal (00/05/15)
   Booklist (05/01/15)

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Booklist - 05/01/2015 Icing and crumbs everywhere. It was horrible. When Captain Griswold and Detective Wilcox (two MFIs—missing food investigators) receive a frantic call from Miss Rabbit, there’s no doubt they have a code 12 on their paws—missing cake, carrot. After investigating the crime scene, the police mice begin questioning the farm’s residents to try to get a bead on a suspect. However, it’s the MFIs’ video surveillance that exposes the crook’s surprising identity. Giving a playful nod to the hard-boiled detective, Newman has written a highly entertaining mystery for young gumshoes. Zemke’s cartoonish illustrations range from spot to full page and also play up the classic detective angle, outfitting the MFIs in fedoras and trenches. Presented as a case file, short chapters will be easily digestible to newly independent readers. A recipe for Mollie Katzen’s carrot cake closes the case, though adults will need to lend young bakers a hand. A good choice for those not quite ready to tackle Chet Gecko or Geronimo Stilton on their own. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 05/01/2015 Gr 1–3—When crime happens, especially when food goes missing on the farm, everyone knows who to call: Wilcox and Griswold, mouse crime fighters and food detectives. When Miss Rabbit's carrot cake goes missing, they're on the case. Using the latest technology (video surveillance) and old-fashioned police interrogations, they get to the bottom of the mystery. There are plenty of amusing characters and even more hilarious puns to be found along the way. With lovely, warm full-color illustrations on every page and case file/journal-style entries, this simple tale will be a hit for advanced beginning readers. It is a fantastic choice for that last step before chapter books (perhaps before another famous mouse detective/journalist known for his illustrated easy chapter books). Sweet and charming, this title offers a simple mystery that provides just the right amount of whodunit mixed with humor and good friendship. VERDICT Reminiscent of Marjorie Weinman Sharmat's "Nate the Great" series (Random), this well-illustrated work will find plenty of readers and should find a home in most school and public libraries.—Elizabeth Nicolai, Anchorage Public Library, AK - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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