Tallie's Christmas Lights Surprise!

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A holiday whodunit for kids, this story solves the mystery of who stole Tallie's sparkly-special, twinkling, candy-cane Christmas lights. Was it the mailman, a snake, or her slobbery pup Fuego?

To find out who swiped her lights, Tallie first dons her spy gear, which includes her ski hat, pink sunglasses, magnifying glass, and spy blanket. After sneaking by Mom for a Christmas cookie-for a little extra spy energy, of course-and examining footprints in the snow, Tallie sets the ...

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Overview

A holiday whodunit for kids, this story solves the mystery of who stole Tallie's sparkly-special, twinkling, candy-cane Christmas lights. Was it the mailman, a snake, or her slobbery pup Fuego?

To find out who swiped her lights, Tallie first dons her spy gear, which includes her ski hat, pink sunglasses, magnifying glass, and spy blanket. After sneaking by Mom for a Christmas cookie-for a little extra spy energy, of course-and examining footprints in the snow, Tallie sets the trap. Then she waits, and she waits some more. When the thief comes for her new playhouse decorations, he's in for a surprise. As she and Fuego chase the thief through the snow, they quickly learn that he has great decorating taste, which Tallie cannot bear to ruin. Instead, she gets a super spy idea and trades him a more suitable decoration to get her glowing candy canes back.

With every clue revealed through radiant illustrations, Tallie and her sparkly-special lights are sure to steal every reader's attention. Let's just hope Tallie keeps her spy gear handy!

Elaine Pease is a full-time author who has written several children's books. She also enjoys teaching writing workshops in her spare time. Pease received first place in the 2011 EVVY Awards for Juvenile Fiction and won a National Writers Association award for one of her short stories.

Anna-Maria L. Crum is an illustrator, freelance writer, and designer. Born in Pasadena, California, she is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and Picture Book Artists Association board member. She has twice been named a finalist for the Colorado Book Awards.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Joyce Rice
Tallie has decorated her playhouse with her favorite Christmas decorations, including her string of red and white striped candy cane lights. Now, she can just sit back and enjoy her playhouse but as she is stringing popcorn to add to her decorations, Tallie hears a strange crunching sound outside. As Tallie rushes out to see where the sound is coming from, she almost steps on a Christmas light that has fallen from the edge of the roof and smashed to bits. Now, what could have caused that to happen, Tallie begins to wonder until she sees that all of her favorite candy cane lights are gone. Now, who would take Tallie's lights and who could have done it so quickly that even Tallie did not hear or see them. This is a mystery that requires investigation and Tallie dons her spy uniform to begin the search. Dressed in her pink sparkly sunglasses, candy cane striped hat, wrapped up in her spy blanket that makes her invisible and picking up her magnifying glass for locating clues, Tallie is ready to solve the mystery. Her first stop is in the kitchen, where she grabs a gingerbread cookie for energy and her mom doesn't even see her...proof that her disguise works. Her next stop was with the mailman, then with her dog Fuego and then back to her playhouse. If Tallie's thief wanted her candy cane lights, perhaps they would return for more lights, so Tallie hangs another string of lights on her playhouse. Sure enough, soon she hears the rustle of activity outside and when she opens the door, there is Mr. Squirrel scampering away from the playhouse with the second string of lights. Now that Tallie has solved her mystery, she sets out to make friends with Mr. Squirrel and helps him to have a happy Christmas. This simple story will teach young readers intuitive thinking while also teaching them about sharing and caring for others. This Christmas story will make a great gift for young readers and an excellent read aloud for classrooms or anywhere that young readers gather. Reviewer: Joyce Rice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455615865
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/14/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,428,342
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

ELAINE PEASE is a full-time author and a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She received first place in the 2011 EVVY Awards for Juvenile Fiction and won a National Writers Association award for one of her short stories.

ANNA-MARIA L. CRUM is an illustrator, freelance writer, and designer with a long list of credits to her name. A Picture Book Artists Association board member, she has twice been named a finalist for the Colorado Book Awards.

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