Nana Cracks the Case!
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  • Nana Cracks the Case!

Nana Cracks the Case!

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by Kathleen Lane, Sarah Horne
     
 

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Nana is not your ordinary grandma. She never wears cloppy shoes, drinks prune juice, or worries about slippery surfaces. Eufala and Bog's nana would much rather join the circus, work as a backhoe operator, or maybe become a detective. Which is exactly what happens in this very funny chapter book. When Nana answers an ad in the local newspaper for a detective, she

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Overview

Nana is not your ordinary grandma. She never wears cloppy shoes, drinks prune juice, or worries about slippery surfaces. Eufala and Bog's nana would much rather join the circus, work as a backhoe operator, or maybe become a detective. Which is exactly what happens in this very funny chapter book. When Nana answers an ad in the local newspaper for a detective, she arrives at the police department just in time to investigate the theft of one entire case of delicious Yumdums candy. Can one little old lady find a way to save the day and stop the candy thief from striking again?

Look for more adventures starring Nana, Eufala, and Bog coming soon!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth Young
This is a bit of a nonsense story that will appeal to some children, and frustrate others. Eufala and Bog are left home alone while their mother works. Thirty-seven babysitters have already been dismissed, and their goofy grandmother Nana is too old and fragile to look after them for one day, or so her daughter thinks. Nana has been known to work as a backhoe operator, a hockey referee, and a deep sea fisherman, and those were just the most recent jobs! Nana discovers an ad for the perfect job: a very sneaky detective who owns several wigs. Nana's case of the stolen Yumdums assignment just happens to coincide with the day on which Eufala and Bog were supposed to stay home alone and never open the front door. The day is chock full of mischievous adventure, tangles, and narrow escapes. Just because the door cannot be opened does not mean there is no way out. Horne's illustrations add to the intrigue of the story. The situations that Lane presents seem more numerous than substantial, leaving somewhat of a lackluster vibe to the book. It could be so much more! As it is, this book is very quickly read, but will leave readers wishing there were more. Reviewer: Elizabeth Young
School Library Journal

Gr 2-4

Eufala and Bog's Nana is no run-of-the-mill grandma. She is a card-carrying deep-sea fisherman, a backhoe operator, and substitute tightrope walker, unbeknownst to her daughter, Elaine. Now, after reading a want ad in the paper-"Detective, Must be very sneaky and own various wigs"-Nana is ready to take on the job (not that she'd ever admit to being sneaky). Meanwhile, Elaine has just fired the children's 37th babysitter. After being left at home alone, the mischievous siblings escape their house with their skateboards. When they all meet up at the police station, the entire family sets out to find out who stole a case of Yumdums candy from 2500 Devour St. Full of quirky humor and interesting characters, this is a well-developed, fast-paced mystery for early chapter-book readers. The pen-and-ink illustrations on most pages are very funny; especially amusing are the maps of the city that show Nana's route as she "loses" the police station (more than once). Nana, Eufala, and Bog do crack the case but, more importantly, they'll make children crack up with delight.-Terry Ann Lawler, Phoenix Public Library, AZ

Kirkus Reviews
Prone to seeking out odd jobs and getting fired from them, Nana is hired as a police detective in Crispy County. Nearby, her daughter Elaine lacks childcare but doesn't trust Nana to look after her children, Eufala and Bog. A single mother (dad was kidnapped years earlier by an orangutan), Elaine locks the kids inside the house and heads off to work. Escaping easily, the children eventually join forces with Nana to track down a candy thief. This first novel quickly gets bogged down by the intrusive, wordy narration, full of cute asides. Consequently, the characters never come into focus, in text or illustrations. Even an absurd world must make its own kind of cockeyed sense, but this one is full of contradictions. Elaine, ridiculed as overprotective (having fired her babysitter for leaving nail scissors on the floor), blithely leaves the kids unattended all day. The efforts at postmodern humor a la Scieszka occasionally succeed, but can't compensate for affectless characters and a senseless plot, making it all the more puzzling why separate credit is given for the story's "concept." (Fiction. 7-10)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811862585
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
04/15/2009
Series:
Nana Cracks the Case! Series, #1
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
1,002,056
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
1150L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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