The Case Of Stolen Time - The Misadventures Of Inspector Moustachio

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The mysteries of the universe are in the palm of the hand of an unsuspecting, Jake Moustachio. His Grandpa's seemingly ordinary magnifying glass is the portal to a world of fantastic misadventure and mysterious crimes . Awaiting our young detective is Delbert, The Keeper of Time. A nervous stumpy little man, who has summoned young Moustachio to The Museum of Time; a strange and spooky castle once owned by the famous archaeologist Lord Grimthorpe. A mystical bell that controls all time has been stolen! To find out...
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The mysteries of the universe are in the palm of the hand of an unsuspecting, Jake Moustachio. His Grandpa's seemingly ordinary magnifying glass is the portal to a world of fantastic misadventure and mysterious crimes . Awaiting our young detective is Delbert, The Keeper of Time. A nervous stumpy little man, who has summoned young Moustachio to The Museum of Time; a strange and spooky castle once owned by the famous archaeologist Lord Grimthorpe. A mystical bell that controls all time has been stolen! To find out who has snatched The Bell of Time, Jake, joined by his eight year old sister Alexa and their crazy cat Rex must use their keen detective skills to gather clues, while encountering a collection of strange and curious suspects throughout their misadventure. Was it Mrs. Smythe, the mad capped, knife swinging cook, with her poisonous lemon tarts, who stole time? Maybe it was Delbert's twin brother Rupert, the grumpy, jealous librarian of time, who snatched the bell? Could it have been the evil, lying Lord Beasley, seeking his revenge? Or was it the beautiful and secretive Mrs. Panosh, wanting to hide her dastardly deed who is guilty of the crime? Time is running out for our young detective and his companions, as they go on a wild goose ride, chased by suits of armor, haunted by the spirits of The Knights of Lion Heart. Will the spirits stop them from finding time? There is only one guy who can solve this crime and restore time back where it belongs. Inspector Moustachio is his name, and solving mysterious crimes is his specialty! Ages 9 and up / Grade level: 4 and up.

Winner of the 2007 RIF (Reading is Fundamental) and 2008 Disney iParenting Media awards.

2007 RIF (Reading Is Fundamental) Booklist Pick!

PARENTS AND KIDS! We are proud to announce that The Case Of Stolen Time - The Misadventures of Inspector Moustachio has been chosen for the RIF (Reading Is Fundamental) 2007 Summer Reading List! See for yourself why children, parents, educators and librarians LOVE this book!

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What People Are Saying

Judy Reynolds
"Thank you for creating a story that combines adventure and humor. I look forward to making this series a part of my classroom library."--(Judy Reynolds, 1st Grade Teacher/ BA/ MA Reading Specialist / Adjunct Professor, NJCU)
Joyce Carusi
"Once you start reading this terrific book, you can't put it down! What a treasure for parents who want their children to enjoy reading."--(Joyce Carusi, NJ Plus reading editor in educational publishing, 14 year Director Sylvan Learning Center)
Michelle Barshay
"A riveting tale of adventure and suspense! Let Jake and Alexa lead you to the culprit. A must read for all ages."--(Michelle Barshay, 3RD Grade Teacher/ BA/ MA, Curriculum & Instruction)
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Lesson / Activity Plan

Whole Book Activities

1. CHAPTER SUMMARIES: The first activity that should be done with the class is the assigning of the book. When all books have been passed out to the students, give each child a file folder. (Use the inexpensive ones—manila.) Students should color and decorate the cover of the folder. Chapter summaries can be kept in several ways:
a. Note card method: Using 3x5 cards, have the student write a five-seven sentence paragraph which summarizes the events of the chapter. Add an illustration. Keep them bound with a ring or paper clip.

b. Journal method: Have a “Sleuth’s Journal” made for each student. They may decorate it, or have it shaped in the shape of a magnifying glass.

c. Time line: Using cash register tape, or rolls of white unlined paper, have the students keep a chronology of the story events by using one or two sentences per event. They put a “story symbol” about the chapter atop the sentence. I suggest having them look at some time lines in a social studies book. The teacher should demonstrate the procedure for this work.

d. Flow Charts: These should always be artsy, fun projects, which are in the particular style and voice of the book. Use creativity, lots of color, and illustrations for each chapter. This activity may also be done for individual chapters or climactic events in the book.
2. PLOT DIAGRAM: On the inside of the folder, have the students draw a plot diagram which shows the building of the story, it climactic events, and declining events which lead to story conclusion. Use the entire inside of the folder and fill it in as the book is read, or do this as a culminating exercise. This is an excellent way to teach children how to be concise.

3. VENN DIAGRAM: Characters are compared and contrasted. (See separate worksheet for example.)

4. STORY BOXES: Have the students decorate a shoe box. Inside the box, have them put ten items that remind them of the important events in the story. They bring these items from things around their homes. They may make these things, too. They present these before the class. This is an excellent opportunity to have children hone in on their ability to speak before a group, in a friendly personal setting.

5. DIORAMA: Using a shoebox or other small box, have the students create a three- dimensional representation of a favorite or compelling scene from the book. This is a fun way to incorporate artistic skills! A one-page report can be easily added to this which tells about the diorama, why the student chose this scene, etc.

6. “A Bird’s Eye View” of the attic where the Moustachio children make their leap into the other world. This can be done as a drawing or a clay model, or as a group activity.

7. LITERATURE STUDY GROUPS: Literature Study Groups can be done with the whole class or with small groups within the classroom setting. In this type of setting, each person has a job and is responsible to the group for his/her work. Each person has a worksheet for the purpose of keeping track of his/her work. (These are provided.)

The following jobs are part of the Literature Study Group:
a. Discussion Director: This person is responsible for coming up with at least five discussion questions for the section being read. This person also serves as moderator for the group, and pulls all of the information together from the other members of the group.

b. Vocabulary Expert: This person comes up with new words from the chapter or section. They look the words up in the dictionary, and cite an example of the word in context.

c. Conflict Analyzer: This person identifies the conflicts which are present in the chapter or section. Using the 5 W’s they discuss who, what, when, where, and why there is conflict.

d. Character Analyzer: This person will list the characters in the section being read, talk about each character and how they are related to the other characters. It is helpful if the conflict analyzer and character analyzer work together at times.

e. Summarizer: This person is responsible for telling what has happened in the section being read.

1. Depending on the age of the students, a solid block of time is used for this group. I suggest using a time for oral reading. With younger children, having the teacher read the section is always helpful, especially for the shy or reluctant reader. Older students may do the reading in the group.

2. After the section has been read, break into pre-arranged groups. When this happens, they get right to work on their assigned tasks. After the teacher calls time, or a bell is rung—any signal that you choose, each person reports to the group. The discussion director is the group facilitator.


1. As teacher, you set up the groups ahead of time. Pay close attention to the dynamics in your classroom. Have a good mix of strong students with less able students in each group.

2. Before you even begin breaking into groups, make certain that you “teach” each job. I suggest making an overhead of each job sheet.

3. Assign tasks according to ability, but don’t overlook someone who may just surprise you and rise to the challenge!

4. I suggest that you have a routine time each week for your literature discussions -- at least two or three. Work it into your language arts block. As you can see, the major areas of a strong language arts program (listening, speaking, reading, writing) are fostered.
5. Make certain that you keep several copies of the individual worksheets on hand as needed by individual students.

6. A Sample Schedule for Literature Groups:
20-30 minutes for reading
15 minutes for individual work (with worksheets)
15 minutes for reporting to groups

During this time, the teacher is actively walking around, joining in on discussions, helping where needed.

5 minute re-cap by the teacher.

This is a really fun way to get your students into the “meat” of reading without monotony.

As the excellent teacher that you are, you will tailor your use of the literature groups to the individual needs of your class.

Discussion Questions

1. When the story opens, who gives Jake the magnifying glass?

2. What is special about the magnifying glass?

3. How are Jake and Alexa able to travel through the magnifying glass? 4. Who is the first person that the children meet when they go through the magnifying glass? 5. What is the cat’s name in the story? 6. What is different about the cat as soon as he is on the other side of the magnifying glass? 7. What is your impression of Delbert? What is his special job? 8. Name some of the important people in this other world. What are their jobs? 9. Name two people who cook in this world. How are they alike? How are they different?

10. Name the animals that you meet in this world. What is special about each one?

11. What is important about the keys? 12. How many Knights of the Lion Heart are there? What is special about them? 13. Are there ‘good guys’ and ‘bad guys’ in this story? Who are they?14. Who stole the time? Were you surprised? 15. What did you learn about Jake and Alexa’s family? 16. What do you think Jake and Alexa will do with their Time Stopping Certificates? What would you do? 17. Why do you think Alexa borrowed A Knight in False Time? Would you want to read this? Why or why not? 18. Do you think that Jake and Alexa will tell their mom and dad about their misadventure? Would you? 19. How long do you think that Jake and Alexa were gone? Do you think that Time really stood still? 20. What do you Jake and Alexa will do when they wake up tomorrow? Do you think they’ll ever see Delbert, Rupert, and Mrs. Panosh again? Would you want to go back to see them? Why, or why not? © 2007 Community Press. The contents of this document may be printed and distributed by public educators and private educators for the purpose of teaching their students. No portion of this document may be sold without written authorization from Community Press.
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First Chapter

Chapter one
The Magnifying Glass

"Grandma Moustachio's here, Jake!" exclaimed Alexa, as she pressed her nose up against the frosty glass of her bedroom window.
Jake and Alexa had been waiting very patiently for their Grandmother to arrive. It was Jake's eleventh birthday and his Grandma had promised him a fantastic surprise when she came over to baby-sit that evening.
Jake had a huge smile on his face as he yelled through the hallways. "I can't wait to open my birthday present."
"I wonder what it is?" said Alexa, as she met him outside the playroom that was filled with gifts galore from Jake's birthday party that afternoon.

"I don't know," he said, with a big grin.
Alexa reached up on her tippy toes and grabbed her favorite doll off the top toy shelf. Her doll had the same big blue eyes and long strawberry blonde hair as she had. "I hope it's another U.S.A. Girl Doll," she said.
"A doll," moaned Jake. "Dolls are for eight year old girls. I'm expecting something big! Bigger than big, BIG! BIG!"
Large, fluffy snowflakes started to sprinkle down to the ground outside the Moustachio's home. As the backdoor opened up, a blast of frigid air from the January sky poured into the warm toasty house. The children raced each other franticly through the house, sliding on the shiny wood floor to see who could reach Grandma first.
"I'm here!" shouted Grandma.
"Grandma, Grandma, you're here!" screamed Alexa, as she grabbed her hand and tugged her grandmother further into the house. "Come quickly into the play room, so we can open up Jake's present."
Grandma Moustachio scurried up into the playroom,brushing snowflakes out of her wild and crazy, salt and pepper hair. Alexa walked behind her, picking up hair pins as they fell out of her Grandmother's hair. She placed half of them neatly in her own hair as she created a new hairdo. With the remaining hair pins Alexa made a matching hairstyle for her U.S.A. Girl Doll and then placed her back on the toy shelf.
"What's this?" Grandma asked, looking at the floor as she plopped down on the large overstuffed, flowered sofa.
The children were just finishing up a game of House Detective which they had started earlier. Jake and Alexa dove to the gameboard where scorecards were spread all over the playroom floor.
"We're playing House Detective, Grandma," Jake said, as he looked patiently at Alexa, whose turn it was to guess the culprit of the crime.
Alexa raised her left eyebrow and did a final check of her scorecard. She smirked at Jake, almost assured of a correct guess. "It was Mrs. Pumpernickel, in the garden, with the candlestick."
"You win! " frowned Jake, as he scratched his head.
"I have a birthday present for my favorite red-headed eleven year old boy!" Grandma exclaimed. "Why, I think you get taller every time I see you."
"I'm the tallest boy in my class," he said, stretching himself taller as he stood up.
Grandma proceeded to open up her very large black canvas pocket book that was always filled with many wonderful and mysterious treasures.
Bouncing from sofa to sofa, Jake yelled, "Show me! Show me!" His big green eyes opened as wide as they could go, in anticipation of what she had buried deep beneath the clutter of her pocket book.
At that moment, she pulled out the most wonderful magnifying glass the children had ever seen. The round glass sparkled like a shooting star and was surrounded by a golden frame with a cherry wood handle.
"This was your Grandpa's most cherished possession," she said, as she fumbled for her crossword puzzle. "It always brought him such luck on all of his cases when he was a detective for the police department."
"Wow!" exclaimed the children.
Jake snatched up the magnifying glass and immediately started to bounce around the room inspecting the wrinkles on his Grandmother's face.
She looked somewhat amused and a little annoyed as he moved the magnifying glass all around her face. "Hey, not so close," she muttered. "This magnifying glass is now yours, Inspector Moustachio!"
"Cool, Grandma, I can use this on all my adventures!" he exclaimed.
The children's Dad came down the stairs all dressed up in his blue suit and his favorite yellow tie with the blue stripes on it. "You mean misadventures," said Dad, as he adjusted his tie.
The children's parents were on their way to a party. Mom was still upstairs fussing over her last minute bedtime preparations for the children. She placed Alexa's purple satin U.S.A. Girl pajamas on the corner of her white princess bed and then grabbed Jake's green and brown camouflage PJ's and tossed them on the top of his blue, roaring-race-car-shaped bed.
"Lexy and Jake, did you brush your teeth yet?" yelled Mom from above.
"We sure did!" exclaimed Alexa.
"I put your pajamas on your beds," she said, as she walked down the stairs in a beautiful pink fuzzy sweater and skirt with shoes so high Jake thought she might topple over. Still trying to get her last sparkly earring in her right ear, she said, "Be in bed in one hour and don't get into too much mischief."
"The children and I will have loads of fun!" said Grandma.
"Bye Mom! Bye Dad! We love you!" shouted the children.
"Love you too," said Mom, as she grabbed her overstuffed white coat that reminded the children of a large polar bear.
Dad grabbed his coat and car keys and yelled from the closet door, "Don't forget to feed the cat."
"We? won't," ?said Jake, as he cleverly slid the House Detective game under the sofa so he wouldn't have to clean it up.
Mom and Dad hurried out the back door into the frosty night. Jake and Alexa were filled with excitement about what to look for next with the magnifying glass.

"Why don't we search for the cat?" asked Alexa.
"That's a marvelous idea," said Grandma, as she pulled a pencil out of her fluffy hair. "I will start my crossword puzzle and you look for your furry pal, Rex, until bedtime."
"We'll have ourselves a ?short adventure!" declared? Jake.
"I'll grab my Inspector Girl backpack, in case we need any supplies," said Alexa.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2007

    Fantastic Children's Series

    My two older boys (8 & 6) and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. What a great premise for a story that celebrates the wisdom and problem solving skills of our children. I really liked the fact that it takes what would otherwise appear to be an ordinary family heirloom (grandfather's magnifying glass) & creates an adventure from it. In today's technology age this is a welcome retreat and allows our children to use their imaginations. I can't help but think that my children must be creating the history associated with the objects in our house - what a great thing! My kids really related well to the heroes Jake and Alexa. They also found Rex the Cat to be hilarious. This book is entertaining, exciting and funny (with a little magic and family mixed in as well). We all really liked the ending of this book and are looking forward with great anticipation to many more Misadventures of Inpector Moustachio!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2007

    Case of Stolen Time:The Misadventures of Inspector Moustachio, Book 1

    I've made this mystery series part of my classroom library!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2007

    Case of Stolen Time:The Misadventures of Inspector Moustachio, Book 1

    I just love this series. It is fun and a great read for my daughters!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2007

    Case of Stolen Time:The Misadventures of Inspector Moustachio, Book 1

    The Misadventures of Inspector Moustachio will ignite a love for reading the moment you turn the first page of the fascinating first book in the series The Case of Stolen Time. This quick-paced contemporary story unfolds with an exciting concept and plot that will snatch the attention of the most demanding digital-aged generation of kids! New Author Wayne Madsen fs humorous writing and clever dialogue is unmatched in today fs children fs books. There has never been an intelligent series written for children where the main hero and heroin are completely relatable to both boys and girls. Children become the amazing characters of 11 year old Inspector Jake Moustachio and his 8 year old sister Inspector Girl as they turn each and every page. The mysterious plot twists and turns, coupled with the outlandish cast of suspects and villains makes reading a blast of fun for kids! A virtual universe explodes in the imagination of each reader as they join along in solving the mysteries. Every story leaves kids wondering if what they fve read is really fiction or maybe just a little bit true. How awesome is that! Young readers will love to revisit old familiar friends with each new book. And as a bonus to solving each case in each book, there is a greater mystery that unravels as clues are cleverly dropped which each new installment of the series. Never has there ever been a children fs chapter book series leaving the reader wanting and needing to come back for more! The Case of Stolen Time is a fantastic read for kids and adults who want to remember what it feels like, to be a kid¿Y¿Y once again!

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