Great Corgiville Kidnapping

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Caleb Corgi knows something is amiss in Corgiville. A group of wily raccoons have come to town and have bought great amounts of stuffing and sage from the local market. Then Babe, the town's prize rooster, goes missing. Could it be that the raccoons have a most appalling feast in mind? Caleb, part-time private investigator, determines he will discover the perpetrators of the dastardly deed, and the result is a thrilling rescue involving a hot-air balloon. Wittily told and superbly illustrated by the inimitable ...

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Overview

Caleb Corgi knows something is amiss in Corgiville. A group of wily raccoons have come to town and have bought great amounts of stuffing and sage from the local market. Then Babe, the town's prize rooster, goes missing. Could it be that the raccoons have a most appalling feast in mind? Caleb, part-time private investigator, determines he will discover the perpetrators of the dastardly deed, and the result is a thrilling rescue involving a hot-air balloon. Wittily told and superbly illustrated by the inimitable Tasha Tudor, this will be a welcome addition to the paperback shelves.

His instincts and his training as a part-time private investigator make Caleb Corgi suspicious of a band of raccoons, especially when Corgiville's prize rooster disappears.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Tudor returns to the scene of Corgiville Fair for this rather wordy tale starring dog detective Caleb Corgi. Caleb, who "had observed an increase in the number of raccoons in town," fears the masked intruders will steal the town's prize rooster, Babe. They do, and after some careful maneuvering the canine sleuth manages to rescue the purloined bird in a drawn-out finale. Displaying the wry humor her fans have come to expect, Tudor splashes her narrative with intentional melodrama, zippy puns and clever asides (a pointed reference to Gertrude Stein is just for parents). Yet a plot that wanders in many directions and overly long chunks of text will likely be off-putting to young readers (e.g., the opening paragraph extols Caleb's virtues in a long-winded rsum). Tudor's sprawling pictures are abundantly detailedespecially the book's endpapers and Megan's Market, the town grocery storedepicting a buzzing Corgiville filled with nattily attired, anthropomorphic animals. Still, this is not the venerable artist's most memorable work. All ages. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Dori Butler
Something isn't right in Corgiville. There's a sudden increase in the number of raccoons in town. The raccoons claim to be merely visiting, but Caleb Corgi isn't so easily fooled. He's got a C.D.X. degree (Companion Dog of Excellence), after all, and is a member of Trackers Unlimited, a dog detective agency. So he snoops around. And before long he discovers that Babe, the "biggest rooster on earth" has been kidnapped. Can Caleb find and rescue Babe? This humorous animal mystery will appeal to both young and old.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4--In a quaint New England village populated by an array of animals done up in jackets a la Beatrix Potter, Caleb Corgi, a dog detective, begins to feel uneasy about the large number of raccoons appearing in town. Upon investigating, he discovers that they have kidnapped Babe, the "Biggest Rooster on Earth," to cook for a feast, and he sets off to the rescue. The plot is predictable; it is the details that offer pleasure. Tudor uses colorfully descriptive language that brings richness to the story. For example, on finding a trash can "vibrating violently," Caleb taps on the lid and "a shocking volley of oaths greeted his ears." It is a trapped squirrel who tells him, "Those #*#*#* (quite unprintable) raccoons put me in it." The pictures are also a delight, moving from crowded country stores to the raccoons' dark warren and finally to a hot-air balloon drifting over the countryside. Tudor's sketchy watercolors, both small scale and panoramic spreads, draw viewers in for a closer look at all of the homey details. With its slightly longer length and a more challenging vocabulary than most picture books, this title may appeal more to older children and the lucky adults who can share it with them.--Judith Gloyer, Milwaukee Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
A delectable companion to The Corgiville Fair (1971), in which Tudor employs conversational prose to revisit the pastoral setting and farmyard inhabitants of the original. Caleb Corgi turns determined detective with the kidnapping of Babe, "the biggest rooster on earth who made a yearly sensation at the Corgiville Fair." The scoundrels in this case are rumored to be Hiram Racky and his band of evil raccoon radicals, soon to be outwitted by the well-educated Caleb himself. Complete with an old-fashioned hot-air balloon escape and the aid of Charley Crow, the story finds Babe eating amaretto biscuits on his way back to Corgiville, where a full-fledged celebration awaits. Within this rousing good guys/bad guys tale are cheeky animal characters outfitted in vests and topcoats, sophisticated humor, nods to Julia Child, Gertrude Stein, and others who will not be known to children, but Tudor's devotees will love this caper, and others will want to go unearth the first work.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316866798
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.15 (d)

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