Sniff! Sniff! What's the smell in the Dell? Well . . . it comes from a cheese. A great big cheese. A smelly, scrumptious cheese, if you please. Made from the milk of a cantankerous cow - oh, wow! The one-horned, two-eared, three-legged Cowabunga. But . . . the Cowabunga cheese has gone missing, and Shelock Bones is on the case! That brainy bloodhound must use all five of his senses to track down the thief. Children will have fun following the clues in this roll-off-your-tongue read-aloud inspired by the popular ...
Sniff! Sniff! What's the smell in the Dell? Well . . . it comes from a cheese. A great big cheese. A smelly, scrumptious cheese, if you please. Made from the milk of a cantankerous cow - oh, wow! The one-horned, two-eared, three-legged Cowabunga. But . . . the Cowabunga cheese has gone missing, and Shelock Bones is on the case! That brainy bloodhound must use all five of his senses to track down the thief. Children will have fun following the clues in this roll-off-your-tongue read-aloud inspired by the popular children's song "The Farmer in the Dell" and illustrated with Dorothy Donohue's signature cut-paper artwork. Music for the nursery song "The Farmer in the Dell" is included as back matter.
Donohue’s strikingly dimensional cut-paper collages are the main attraction of this canine detective story from the duo behind Ten-Gallon Bart and its sequels. The basset hound hero (who wears a houndstooth trench coat and hat, natch) is hired to find out who swiped a prized hunk of smelly but scrumptious Cowa-bunga cheese, the product of milk from a “one-horned, two-eared, three-legged” cow that likes to kick. Crummel’s semirhyming text never finds its rhythmic footing (“I was outside feeding my cat when—splat!—slices of cheese landed right on my hat,” the Muffin Man tells Sherlock Bones during the course of his investigation), and the story is overstuffed with verbal tics and incident; the latter includes a pilfering giant who gets schooled in community values. But thanks to Donohue, the spreads feel like stills from a 3-D movie. While other collagists have similar talents for texture and character, Donohue’s cinematic framing (which includes one particularly impressive overhead “shot” that evokes a classic western) and ability to suggest dynamic movement stand out. Ages 5–8. (Oct.)
- Heidi Quist
In an interesting blend of rhyme and non-rhyme, Crummel presents a fast-paced story about a detective dog's search for a stolen round of a small community's worshipped Cowabunga cheese. Each night they come to dance around and partake until it goes missing, upsetting everyone. Through Sherlock Bones' sleuthing around the village, combined with a one-page spread of his notebook clues at the end of the book, Crummel encourages her readers to use each of their five senses and ask questions to develop their abilities to notice details. After Farmer Jones takes Sherlock to the Dell to begin the investigation, the dog begins finding clues in the order of the old song: The farmer's wife saw something; the cat heard something; and the rat smelled something. The pattern breaks, however, and adds a fun turn when the Muffin Man and Jack's Giant enter the picture feeling and tasting things, respectively. The story ends happily with a reprimand to the culprit for not saying "please." Crummel then ties off the book by including the piano music and lyrics for the old-favorite "Farmer in the Dell." Reviewer: Heidi Quist
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Call that brilliant hound, Sherlock Bones! The smelly, scrumptious cheese that sits in the dell, made from milk from a cantankerous, one-horned, two-eared, three-legged Cowabunga, is gone! Sherlock Bones uses his five senses to solve the case, interviewing the farmer's wife, the cat, the rat, and the Muffin Man about what they saw, heard, smelled, and felt (Sherlock Bones does the tasting). Lush illustrations made of layered cut paper and colored pencil capture the story's mirth. Rhymes dominate the text, making it a great choice for phonemic awareness: "Then, with nose to the ground, that brilliant hound started sniffing around. He picked up a scent, and off he went." The syncopated rhythm keeps the constant rhyming fresh and engaging. A spread at the end shows how the canine solves the crime, organizing his clues according to his five senses. The book ends with sheet music for "The Farmer in the Dell," on which the story is very loosely based. A surefire hit with children, and clever enough for adults to enjoy.—Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, OR
Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)
Meet the Author
Susan Stevens Crummel has collaborated with her sister, illustrator Janet Stevens, on many award winning books, including Help Me, Mr. Mutt, The Little Red Pen, The Great Fuzz Frenzy, and Cook-a-Doodle-Doo! She has also collaborated with artist Dorothy Donohue on a series on our backlist about Ten-Gallon Bart, the first book of which was described in a starred Kirkus review as "A quick-draw of quick-witted guffaws. Guaranteed to get your goat and make readers grin." Susan lives in Austin, Texas and visits schools to give presentations on her work about 100 times a year.