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Pat and her family keep losing things. Maybe Rip the dog can solve the minimystery! This lively companion to The Tapping Tale finds its perfect match in Joe Cepeda's gently comic illustrations.

About the Author:

Joe Cepeda is the illustrator of ten books, including the bestselling Nappy Hair.

When Pat, Mom, and Dad mysteriously lose some of their things, the family dog helps find them.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The family is perplexed. Things are missing. Pat couldn't find her frog, Mom couldn't find her pin. Where have these things gone? Their dog Rip heads for the yard and starts digging and then the mystery is solved. Kids who take a good look at the cover will know the answer before they get to the end of the book. The illustrations in this early reader feature an African-American family. The introduction describes the levels in the "Green Light Reader" series and provides some helpful tips to those working with kids. There is also a very brief blurb and photo of the illustrator. A Level 1 book. 2000, Harcourt, and $3.95. Ages 5 to 7. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
K-Gr 1-In the first book, Dad has lost his hat, Mom has lost a pin, and Pat has lost a toy frog. They look all through the house, but cannot find the missing things anywhere. When the family dog starts digging in the yard, they discover his "secret spot" and all of their possessions. Cepeda's bright, chunky illustrations portray an African-American family's amusement and surprise when they solve the mystery. In Lost!, a red ant feels water on his head and climbs up a tall pole (a straw), only to discover that he is in a sink filled with dishes. From there, he crawls around a house until, at last, he makes his way home to his friends. The computer-generated art is brightly colored and somewhat reminiscent of the animation in the movie Antz. The short, simple sentences and large-type texts are suitable for beginning readers, though both of these stories are slight and predictable and the artwork lacks the visual clues that new readers need.-Joyce Rice, Limestone Creek Elementary School, Jupiter, FL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Butler (What a Truly Cool World!, 1999, etc.) presents an African-American family with a problem: suddenly, young Pat's frog has gone missing, as has Mom's pen and Dad's hat. Distinct, brightly colored figures point and gesture broadly in the pictures; the very brief text, running no more than two lines per page, is perfect for newly fledged readers; and the simple mystery is simply solved, by following Rip, the dog, out to a newly dug hole in the yard. The household possessions are reclaimed, but lest he feel left out, Rip gets a big bone to bury as a consolation prize. A short but complete tale for budding mystery fans. Cepeda's afterword indicates that he likes to have his characters look like people he knows, but in this case, all family members have exactly the same faces and expressions and no one seems to have any bottom teeth. Functional. (Easy reader. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613663748
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Pages: 24
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Joe Cepeda is the illustrator of many vibrant and popular picture books, including The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman by Darcy Pattison and Cub's Big World by Sarah L. Thomson. He lives in Southern California.

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