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Children's LiteratureIn this title in the "Bones" easy reader series, young detective Jeffrey Bones solves a mystery featuring another kind of "bones" when he visits the dinosaur exhibit at the science museum. First he cannot find Grandpa and Grandpa's lady friend, Sally; then his own little, blue plastic T-Rex, purchased at the museum gift shop, goes missing. Adler creates perfect kid-sized mysteries, with just the right level of difficulty and challenge for Jeffrey to tackle with his well-stocked detective kit and finely honed reasoning skills. Newman's colorful art allows readers to join in the fun of sleuthing. For example, they are able to spot Grandpa and Sally before Jeffrey does, and they can try to peer inside the depths of Sally's large green gift bag, which just might be hiding a small kidnapped dinosaur. The brightly attired museum-goers span different races and ethnicities, and it is a nice non-traditional touch to show Grandpa's affectionate, comfortable relationship with white-haired Sally. A sweet and satisfying selection. 2005, Viking, Ages 5 to 8.
—Claudia Mills, Ph.D.