It Came From Beneath the Playground

It Came From Beneath the Playground

Book - 2014
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"Fifth-grade private eyes Logan and Gustavo use their doodling and detective skills to solve the mystery of a group of moles that have stolen the amusement park merry-go-round"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316242714
0316242713
Characteristics: 167 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

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mmcbeth29
Apr 14, 2015

Someone has stolen the merry-go-round from the amusement park. Logan Lang, mystery solver extraordinaire and Gustavo Muchomacho, kid cop detective, show up separately to investigate the case. They each find clues the real cops miss. They now know the who, but not the why or how to get the missing stuff back. As suggested, they team up and interview Izzy Hurling--the park owner, Dr. Deep Yonder--Mole expert, Principal Shrub, and school Bully Ignas Scurge. From clue to clue they draw closer to solving the mystery of what is going on underneath the playground and who is ultimately responsible.

This amazing junior novel has something for everyone. The illustrations are deeply detailed making the reader want to stop and look at everything over and over again. The whole story is sprinkled with humor and silliness. On some pages is a magnifying glass that invites you to find something hidden within the illustrations. The characters are quirky and ultimately loveable. I especially enjoyed Gustavo's ridiculous mustaches. This author knows how to use quirky creativity to the best advantage. I was never bored and I wanted more when the story was over. He even includes quite a few activity pages at the back of the book to further inspire creativity. I highly recommend this book which is advertized for grades 1-4. I think even though the story line is simple, grades 5 and 6 would enjoy the parts that are more deeply hidden within the pages as well as the quirky humor.

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Apr 14, 2015

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 11

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