It Came From Beneath the Playground

It Came From Beneath the Playground

Book - 2014
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Every newly independent reader will be rolling on the floor--and has a chance to solve the mystery--in this wildly wacky mash-up of chapter book and graphic novel, with art on every page, interactive seek-and-find elements, and more!
In this first book of the series, fourth-grade detective Logan Lang is facing the biggest case of her career. Someone--or something--is stealing everything that kids love. Toys! The amusement park carousel! Even the school playground! All of them sucked underground without a trace. Logan will have to team up with her longtime nemesis and super cop wannabe Gustavo Muchomacho if she wants to stop this subterranean scoundrel. With her serious doodling skills and his arsenal of high-tech sky mustaches, they'll race against the clock to unearth a master criminal.
Bonus backmatter is loaded with extra puzzles, word jumbles, instructions for drawing suspects, and doodle activities!
Publisher: New York ;, Boston :, Little, Brown and Company,, ©2014.
ISBN: 9780316242714
9780316364539
Branch Call Number: J SCR

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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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