Albert's Halloween

Albert's Halloween

by Leslie Tryon
     
 

Someone has stolen eighteen pumpkins from Patsy Pig's Pleasant Valley Pumpkin Patch! Chief Detective Albert and his pals (see below) are hot on the trail of the Pumpkin Thief -- but they need your help, or there may be no jack-o'-lanterns this Halloween! Follow along as theygo from clue to clue until they finally apprehend a surprising suspect -- and learn how much… See more details below

Overview

Someone has stolen eighteen pumpkins from Patsy Pig's Pleasant Valley Pumpkin Patch! Chief Detective Albert and his pals (see below) are hot on the trail of the Pumpkin Thief -- but they need your help, or there may be no jack-o'-lanterns this Halloween! Follow along as theygo from clue to clue until they finally apprehend a surprising suspect -- and learn how much they didn't see along the way!

Illustrated in the same captivating style that has made Albert and his friends beloved by so many readers, Leslie Tryon takes the Pleasant Valley gang on a new adventure as they try to unravel the spookiest Halloween mystery ever!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Trina Heidt
It is Halloween night and the pumpkins have disappeared from Patsy Pig's Pleasant Valley Pumpkin Patch. They must be returned before any Halloween festivities can begin. Chief Inspector Albert has just been given this top priority mystery to solve and immediately summons his colleagues, Miss Maple, Shamrock Homes and Sam Slade in hopes that they will be able to assist him with this urgent case. Mystery and mischief abound in this wonderful book. Clever rhyming clues lead the detectives from one place to another in search of the missing pumpkins and more clues. The trick is to find all of the clues and figure out how to put them together to reach the final solution. Readers beware! If your eyes are sharp enough you might solve this fascinating mystery without all of the clues but what fun would that be?
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Albert the duck and his animal friends share another adventure. Following a series of clues, the gang searches for 18 pumpkins that have been stolen from Patsy Pig's patch. After investigating a dead tree, the library steps, and a playground, the detectives are able to uncover only four of the missing gourds. Then they find a note that instructs them to retrace their steps and look again more carefully. Children will enjoy returning to the scenes of the crime and hunting through the detailed illustrations for the partially hidden pumpkins. The final double spread reveals the thief, Patsy Pig, who devised this clever game to amuse her friends. Filled with dark shadows, Tryon's illustrations provide the perfect setting for the story, while the characters' use of flashlights to spotlight clues, light the paths they take, and reveal objects in the night add additional flare to the mysterious ambiance. A terrific Halloween story that does not have ghosts or witches, this book will be fun to share in October; however, children will enjoy hunting for pumpkins throughout the year.-Olga R. Barnes, Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, NC
Kirkus Reviews
When 18 pumpkins go missing from Patsy Pig's Pleasant Valley Pumpkin Patch, it is up to detectives Miss Maple, Shamrock Homes, Sam Slade, and Chief Inspector Albertþa pig, a monkey, a raccoon, and a duck, respectivelyþto find the wayward squash, in this entertaining mystery from Tryon (Albert's Ballgame, 1996, etc.). A note at the scene of the crime sends the good guys on a nocturnal treasure hunt, to the library, the playground, a lightning-blasted tree, and a ratty custodian's storeroom; every time they find a pumpkin and a note. On each of the notes a couple of words or numbers are outlined, as if they were pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. When the puzzle pieces are assembled by the detectives, readers (who don't have to carve up their copies to get the final clue) are led back through the book to find all the pumpkinsþin plain sight, but cunningly absorbed into the background. The story itself is forgettable, but who can pass up a treasure hunt? Few readers will. (Picture book. 5-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689811364
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
09/01/1998
Series:
Albert's Halloween Series
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.33(w) x 10.33(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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