Snoop Troop: It Came from Beneath the Playground

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Every newly independent reader will be rolling on the floor—and has a chance to solve the mystery—in this wildly wacky mash-up of chapter book and graphic novel, with art on every page, interactive seek-and-find elements, and more!

In this first book of the series, fourth-grade detective Logan Lang is facing the biggest case of her career. Someone—or something—is stealing everything that kids love. Toys! The amusement park carousel! Even the school playground! All of them sucked...

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Overview

Every newly independent reader will be rolling on the floor—and has a chance to solve the mystery—in this wildly wacky mash-up of chapter book and graphic novel, with art on every page, interactive seek-and-find elements, and more!

In this first book of the series, fourth-grade detective Logan Lang is facing the biggest case of her career. Someone—or something—is stealing everything that kids love. Toys! The amusement park carousel! Even the school playground! All of them sucked underground without a trace. Logan will have to team up with her longtime nemesis and super cop wannabe Gustavo Muchomacho if she wants to stop this subterranean scoundrel. With her serious doodling skills and his arsenal of high-tech sky mustaches, they'll race against the clock to unearth a master criminal.

Bonus backmatter is loaded with extra puzzles, word jumbles, instructions for drawing suspects, and doodle activities!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/29/2014
In this wisecracking launch to the Snoop Troop series, fourth-grade budding detective Logan Lang tries to figure out who has stolen the merry-go-round out of the local amusement park. This theft is followed by the disappearance of other fun things like video games and playground equipment, and then comes the demand: "criminal moles" deliver the message that the children at Murkee Elementary School must turn over their lunch money in order for the stolen items to be returned. Logan and her extremely enthusiastic partner, Gustavo Muchomacho, attempt to identify the mastermind behind the plot, and so do readers, who are invited to find items hidden in Scroggs's illustrations, sketch suspects, and unscramble clues. Scroggs (the Wiley & Grampa's Creature Features series) tells much of the story through illustrated comics-style sequences packed with visual puns, and his narrator dials up the comedy with sardonic, metafictional commentary and similes that spoof overserious detective dramas ("like a masseuse wearing boxing gloves, it rubs Logan the wrong way"). A rollicking mystery that bodes well for the books to come. Ages 6–9. Agent: Joanna Volpe, New Leaf Literary & Media. (Sept.)
Dav Pilkey
Praise for the Wiley & Grampa series:
"More fun than a barrel of whoopee cushions!"
From the Publisher
"Satisfyingly silly. Mystery (and humor) mavens will eagerly await future cases."—Kirkus Reviews

"Newly independent readers will enjoy the graphic novel format"—School Library Journal

"A rollicking mystery that bodes well for the books to come."—Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews
2014-07-29
Snoop Troop can solve the case…with a little help from readers. Fourth-grader Logan Lang loves mysteries; she reads them, and she solves them. That's why when she hears about mysterious doings at Hurling Rivers Amusement Park on her combination lunch box and police radio, she hotfoots it out there. Someone has stolen the merry-go-round. Logan starts her investigation, but Gustavo Muchomacho, an overeager boy from school, keeps sticking his nose (and his fake mustache) into things. The duo pool their talents just as the whole playground is stolen from the school, and they discover trained moles are behind the thefts…but who's behind the trained moles? There's no shortage of suspects, and readers get to guess based on presented evidence. Scroggs kicks off an interactive series of goofy mysteries with this heavily illustrated hybrid of graphic novel, mystery fiction and activity book. Logan regularly breaks the fourth wall to address her narrator and the audience. Readers are asked to sketch suspects (moles) and find evildoers (moles) in the illustrations. Twenty pages of extra activities (along with the admonishment to only write in the book if it belongs to you to avoid the wrath of librarians) follow the satisfyingly silly story. Mystery (and humor) mavens will eagerly await future cases. (Graphic/mystery hybrid. 8-11)
School Library Journal
10/01/2014
Gr 2–4—Fifth-grade Logan loves a good mystery. And when the merry-go-round goes missing at the local amusement park, she and her "arch-nuisance," Gustavo Muchomacho try to break the case and find out why everything on the playground is sinking underground. Newly independent readers will enjoy the graphic novel format and be encouraged to help solve the mystery. The narrator is integral to the story as he interacts with the characters and readers, involving the latter in the story. Children are encouraged to examine the illustrations for clues. With illustrations on every page and bonus back material, including drawing how-to's and puzzles, this early chapter book will appeal to young readers.—Annette Herbert, F. E. Smith Elementary School, Cortland, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316242714
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/9/2014
  • Series: Snoop Troop Series, #1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 240,201
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Kirk Scroggs is the author and illustrator of the Tales of a Sixth-Grade Muppet series and the Wiley & Grampa's Creature Features series. He lives in Los Angeles.

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