Detective Blue

Detective Blue

by Steve Metzger, Tedd Arnold
     
 

Miss Muffet is missing . . . and Detective Blue is on the case!

"Today started like any other day. The dish ran away with the spoon."

Little Boy Blue is all grown up, and he's a detective working to find Miss Muffet. Join in the fun as Detective Blue tries to crack the case with the help of his nursery rhyme friends. The fun is never-ending as Detective Blue

Overview


Miss Muffet is missing . . . and Detective Blue is on the case!

"Today started like any other day. The dish ran away with the spoon."

Little Boy Blue is all grown up, and he's a detective working to find Miss Muffet. Join in the fun as Detective Blue tries to crack the case with the help of his nursery rhyme friends. The fun is never-ending as Detective Blue interrogates grown-up nursery rhyme characters in order to solve the Missing Muffet Mystery. Kids, parents, and teachers can find a list of referenced nursery rhymes and go back into the story to find the characters.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"At one time I blew a horn and looked after cows and sheep," explains the former Little Boy Blue. Now he solves urban nursery crimes, decked out in a blue fedora and trench coat. After catching the Dish, who was running away with the Spoon, and apprehending Mary's lamb, disguised and sneaking into a school ("You can't pull the wool over my eyes"), Blue hears Jack Sprat shouting, "Miss Muffet is missing!" Detective Blue inspects an empty tuffet and an abandoned bowl of curds and whey ("Ugh!"), then questions persons of interest like Little Jack Horner and a spider. Arnold (the Fly Guy books) pictures the proceedings in oversize comics panels, with abundant closeups and voice bubbles. His playful visuals—the PI gives Humpty Dumpty a disastrous pat on the back, and a sign promotes "Contrary Mary's Community Garden"—complement Metzger's (When the Leaf Blew In) allusions. Metzger and Arnold display a consistent wit on every page, tucking in manifold nursery rhyme references for readers to tease out. Children will enjoy recognizing familiar stories, as well as the satisfying surprise conclusion. Ages 4�8. (July)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Nursery-rhyme characters take on new, but somewhat familiar, roles in this comic-book-style mystery featuring the dedicated flatfoot formerly known as Little Boy Blue. After a typical day starting with cleaning the dish and spoon and making sure Mary's lamb doesn't get into school, Detective Blue is approached by a panicked Jack Sprat reporting that Miss Muffet is missing. In panels full of funny details and spoken asides, the gumshoe interviews various denizens of the rhyme scene to track down his quarry. The mystery is solved when a spider reports that Miss Muffet hates curds and whey and went looking for some tasty porridge. Blue finds Miss Goldilocks Muffet fleeing the three bears' cottage, resulting in a celebratory and satisfying conclusion. Referencing more than 20 nursery rhymes, the madcap mystery will keep children—and adults—intrigued with tiny tips that point the detective and readers in the right direction. The bright, full-color art was created using pencil sketches and Photoshop. Arnold's typical scribbly and big-eyed characters are a perfect match for the "film joie de vivre" atmosphere (the book is rightly dedicated to Stan Freberg) and even older kids will be unable to resist revisiting favorite rhymes from their childhood. A good bet for most collections.—Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI
Children's Literature - Kern Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Metzger takes us on a fun and pun-filled romp as the former Little Boy Blue, now a detective, searches for the missing Miss Muffet. Character after character from nursery rhymes enters the story. Blue starts his day cleaning up the caper of the dish that ran away with the spoon, and then catching Mary's little lamb before it gets into school. Alerted by Jack Spratt, Blue examines the tuffet, the curds and whey; "UGH!" Then, as he searches, he encounters Little Bo Peep, Humpty Dumpty, three blind mice, and Jack Horner, who sends him to Old King Cole's castle. There the mystery of the missing Miss Muffet is cleverly solved. Arnold sets the stage on the jacket/cover, where Blue and the other characters stare at the mysterious tuffet and the spilled bowl. Created by pencil and finalized by Photoshop, the cartoon-y participants with their wide-open round eyes accentuate the tale's puzzle. As visualized in varied size framed vignettes containing bits of text supplemented with speech balloons, there is enough detail to enhance the comic parody. The "CASE CLOSED" file on the rear end pages brings the fun to a fitting end. There is an added challenge to readers to find the references to the twenty-four Mother Goose rhymes in the story. Reviewer: Kern Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews

Nursery noir.

That great body of literature known as the nursery rhyme is used as a fine tease here by Metzger; their intimations carry this humorous, simple detective caper along. The glimpses are just provocative enough to have young readers ask what an allusion means, whereupon adults can introduce the real, often surreal, deal. The tale has more meat on its bones than insinuations of the nursery, as well as being aided and abetted by Arnold's illustrations, with their bold, black outlines and translucent blocks of color. It's the story of Detective Blue (the kid formerly known as Little Boy—"At one time I blew a horn and looked after cows and sheep. That's in the past!") and his search for a missing person: Miss Muffet. Detective Blue affects a tough-egg attitude—Sergeant Friday in fairyland—though he is friend to all: Jack Horner, Jack Sprat, Bo Peep, Humpty (who gets a comradely pat on the back from Blue and takes a fall).

Best are all the dangling strings the story presents—ten o'clock scholar, baking blackbirds, a plum on a thumb, the knave of hearts—that interested readers can follow to the source.(Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545172868
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
07/01/2011
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
GN300L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author


Steve Metzger is the bestselling author of over sixty children’s books, including the Dinofours series, WHEN THE LEAF BLEW IN, and FIVE LITTLE SHARKS SWIMMING IN THE SEA. Steve lives in New York with his family.

Tedd Arnold is the author and illustrator of the bestselling Fly Guy series and the illustrator of more than 60 books, including DETECTIVE BLUE. He has received Theodor Seuss Geisel Honors for HI! FLY GUY and I SPY FLY GUY! Tedd lives with his wife, Carol, in upstate New York.

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