Nate the Great and the Mushy Valentine (Nate the Great Series)

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Nate the Great hates mushy stuff. But when he spies a big red paper heart taped to the outside of Sludge's doghouse, Nate knows he must help out his favorite pooch. Wh has left Sludge a secret valentine?

It's a mystery until Nate finds out his friend Annie is missing a valentine. The case seems easy. Nate is relieved. No more mushy stuff. That's what he thinks.

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Overview

Nate the Great hates mushy stuff. But when he spies a big red paper heart taped to the outside of Sludge's doghouse, Nate knows he must help out his favorite pooch. Wh has left Sludge a secret valentine?

It's a mystery until Nate finds out his friend Annie is missing a valentine. The case seems easy. Nate is relieved. No more mushy stuff. That's what he thinks.

Nate the Great investigates two cases that may be connected, involving a missing valentine and a valentine that came from nowhere.

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Gr 1-3-A comical mystery that is sure to delight beginning readers. The predictable tale boasts short, easy-to-follow sentences and familiar characters that will make the young detective's fans feel right at home. Nate takes on a double case here, as he tries to find a missing Valentine and the identity of the sender of a heartfelt message to his dog. Readers will love trying to solve Nate's cases but will be pleasantly fooled by the ``mushy'' ending. The colorful watercolor illustrations complement the text, making this selection just plain fun all year round.-Denise Furgione, Atlantic County Library, Mays Landing, NJ
Carolyn Phelan
In this, his sixteenth book, kid detective Nate the Great tells how he solved two cases at once with the help of his faithful dog Sludge. First case: Who put a valentine ("I LOVE SLUDGE MORE THAN FUDGE") on Sludge's doghouse? Second case: Who swiped the valentine Annie was making for her little brother? Clothed in deerstalker "and" trench coat, Nate visits the scenes of the crimes, gathers clues, interviews witnesses, eats pancakes, and puts his little gray cells to work to solve the mysteries. In the end, Nate retreats to Sludge's doghouse to avoid receiving a mushy valentine. Nate makes a great narrator, his clipped prose mimicking that of the hard-boiled detective genre, providing short, simple sentences for beginning readers, and setting up the deadpan humor. Simont's expressive drawings, tinted with watercolor washes, illustrate the characters and the action with finesse and restraint. A most appealing choice for Valentine's Day reading.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385311663
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Series: Nate the Great Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

MARJORIE WEINMAN SHARMAT has written more than 130 books for children and young adults, as well as movie and TV novelizations. Her books have been translated into twenty-four languages. The award-winning Nate the Great series, hailed in Booklist as “groundbreaking,” has resulted in Nate’s real-world appearances in many New York Times crossword puzzles, sporting a milk mustache in magazines and posters, residing on more than 28 million boxes of Cheerios, and touring the country in musical theater. Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and her husband, Mitchell Sharmat, have also coauthored many books, including titles in both the Nate the Great and the Olivia Sharp series.

MARC SIMONT won the Caldecott Medal for his artwork in A Tree Is Nice by Janice May Udry, as well as a Caldecott Honor for his own book, The Stray Dog. He illustrated the first twenty books in the Nate the Great series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2009

    2nd grade book review

    When Nate the Great found out annie was his dog valentine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2007

    madison

    by the look of the cover.it looked great. but it was not it was disappointing. i do not recommend this book .

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