Chet Gecko's Detective Handbook (and Cookbook): Tips for Private Eyes and Snack Food Lovers

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Overview

Revealed at last—secrets and surprises from ace detectives Chet Gecko and Natalie Attired's criminal casebook!

This nifty (and very handy) handbook features tips and techniques for detective work: how to shadow people, collect evidence, and conduct searches; photocopy-ready documents that every private eye needs—license, search warrants, forged sick-day notes from parents; a list of suspects and pointers on how to ID the crooks; a guide to detective lingo for all you shamuses; and tasty recipes for distinctively Chet Gecko-ish snacks, including Tick Tacos and Sweet Potato-Bug Pie (minus the bugs, of course).

It doesn't take a private eye to see that this book is F-U-N.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
[in burst?] Laughs!
[in burst?] Suspense!
[in burst?] Bad jokes!
[in burst] Gross snacks!
Children's Literature
For comic relief, I read Chet Gecko's Detective Handbook (and cookbook) Tips for Private Eyes and Snack Food Lovers as decoded by Bruce Hale, who is a very good friend of Chet Gecko, the lizard equivalent of Guy Noir. The recipes are interspersed with private-eye tactics like "Interrogation Techniques," "Gathering Evidence," "Undercover Work," and other vital parts of the job. Never mind the dreadful puns. If you are a mystery fan, these will make you laugh out loud as you discover the joys of snappy dialogue, wisecracks and earnest sleuthing. I would start with Hamster of the Baskervilles or The Malted Falcon, but hey, any day with Chet Gecko in it is a good day for reading, a bad day for crime. 2005, Harcourt, Ages 8 to 12.
—Gwynne Spencer
Kirkus Reviews
Any aspiring sleuth or fan of the Chet Gecko mystery series (starring the "finest lizard detective at Emerson Hicky Elementary") will appreciate the tips, activities and recipes outlined in this irreverent, illustrated handbook to detective work. A mix of amusing misinformation, such as, "Surveillance comes from the French word surveiller (meaning ‘hiding behind a fake schnozzola')"; questionable advice such as, "Use a bribe that motivates your suspect. Strangely enough, not everyone goes for chocolate"; and sound suggestions like "Never take on a wacko for a client," this goofy, oft-frivolous guide is also valuable for a child genuinely interested in espionage. Easy-to-learn tricks of the trade, such as the intriguing "shopping list" code and old stand-bys like the spy-hole newspaper, pepper the handbook that covers everything from obtaining clients to evidence gathering. A boilerplate detective license, search warrant and office sign ("Private Eye: No case too small, no snack too big") are included in the back. Bonus: Practicing private investigators can flip the top-bound handbook over and write notes on the conveniently lined sheets-tricky for libraries, but the entertainment of the rest far outweighs this issue. (Nonfiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152052881
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Series: Chet Gecko Series
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: 1-Simul
  • Pages: 272
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Hale

BRUCE HALE is the author of five picture books as well as the Chet Gecko mysteries. A popular speaker, teacher, and storyteller for children and adults, he lives in Santa Barbara, California.

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