3-2-3 Detective Agency: The Disappearance of Dave Warthog

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Fast-paced, full-color, and divided into short, easy-to-read chapters, this is a wonderful graphic novel for younger readers, offering a seamless transition between picture books and novels.
 
On the 3:23 Express to Whiska City, five unlikely friends meet and decide to form a detective agency. There is Jenny the wise donkey, Roger the gourmet dung beetle, Priscilla the theatrical penguin, Slingshot the hyperactive sloth, and Bluebell, the...
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Overview


Fast-paced, full-color, and divided into short, easy-to-read chapters, this is a wonderful graphic novel for younger readers, offering a seamless transition between picture books and novels.
 
On the 3:23 Express to Whiska City, five unlikely friends meet and decide to form a detective agency. There is Jenny the wise donkey, Roger the gourmet dung beetle, Priscilla the theatrical penguin, Slingshot the hyperactive sloth, and Bluebell, the shy but brave rat. With little training but a lot of pluck, they set up shop in Whiska City and soon tackle their first mystery: a rash of disappearances linked to a pink poodle’s beauty salon.
F&P level: T
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While heading by train to Whiska City to chase her dream of becoming a detective, Jenny the donkey meets a menagerie of new friends who will make perfect partners in her new venture. Roger, a dung beetle who likes gourmet food, Priscilla, a penguin with theatrical aspirations, Slingshot, an atypically hyper sloth, and Bluebell, a nondescript rat, all sign on. They arrive, find an office and do some detective training before placing their first ad in the paper. The next day, they're swamped with customers; animals have been disappearing all over Whiska City. Each detective detects, finding clues that point to prissy Pootles le Frizz. He's brainwashing Whiska City's denizens and selling them as pets in Pristeena, an exclusive walled community of poodles. With cooperation, franks and beans and a few laughs, the 3-2-3 Detective Agency cracks the case and catches the villain. Robinson's marker-pen art is bright and energetic, though sometimes hard to decipher in the small panels of her graphically told story. Budding detectives, however, will enjoy the background details that will have them guessing the culprit before the detectives do. Good, goofy fun. (Graphic fiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810984899
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 1,039,342
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Fiona Robinson is the author-illustrator of The Useful Moose: A Truthful, Moose-full Tale. Publishers Weekly praised her “flair for humor tinged with heart.” Her work has been honored by the Royal Academy of Arts and been featured in many gallery shows. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

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