The Web Files

The Web Files

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by Margie Palatini, Richard Egielski
     
 
DUM DE DUM DUM... This is the farm. Peaceful. Full of chickens, horse, sheep, and intrigue. Intrigue? Yes - intrigue. Someone has pilfered a peck of perfectly picked purple peppers. Ducktective Web and his partner Bill are hot on the trail of the pepper pincher, but this could be a hard case to quack. Little Boy Blue has an airtight alibi and Jack Horner won't talk.

Overview

DUM DE DUM DUM... This is the farm. Peaceful. Full of chickens, horse, sheep, and intrigue. Intrigue? Yes - intrigue. Someone has pilfered a peck of perfectly picked purple peppers. Ducktective Web and his partner Bill are hot on the trail of the pepper pincher, but this could be a hard case to quack. Little Boy Blue has an airtight alibi and Jack Horner won't talk. Meanwhile, vegetables are vanishing all over the farm. Through some fast-paced wordplay and quick ducktective work, Web is able to track down the culprit, and seize That Dirty Rat before all the salad-makings are snatched.

Author Biography: Margie Palatini knows her cop shows - and her children's books. She has written numerous picture books, including Moosetache and Mooseltoe, illustrated by Henry Cole, and Zoom Broom and Ding Dong Ding Dong, both illustrated by Howard Find.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The mystery solved by Ducktective Web and his partner Bill on the farm is a parody of the old TV show Dragnet, complete with dead-pan announcement of date, time, events and "dum de dum dum..." Whether this is as much fun for kids who don't know the original is questionable. But the search for the pepper pincher who pilfered a peck of perfect purple almost-pickled peppers leads the partners to question a host of characters, like Miss Muffet and Little Boy Blue, on the track of missing veggies, through a passel of puns and sly humor. The Dirty Rat is finally caught and convicted, "case closed." Egielski's double-page scenes and vignettes with heavy outlines, unmodulated color, and details of clothing, buildings, office interiors, and so forth contrast with the non-stop, witty text. The illustration for "Headquarters was hopping" includes not only three hopping bunnies but also three blind mice and Little Bo Peep. 2001, Hyperion Books for Children, $15.99. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 2-3-There's trouble in the barnyard: a peck of perfect, purple, almost-pickled peppers has been purloined; a tub of tasty tomatoes, taken; a load of luscious, leafy lettuce, lifted. What to make of it all? Salad, obviously-but who's responsible for this country crime wave? Looks like a job for Ducktective Web and his feathered sidekick, Bill. Nattily attired in snappy fedoras and brightly colored blazers, the Birds with the Badges cruise from crime scene to crime scene, round up the usual suspects, and finally catch That Dirty Rat red-handed, or, to be more precise, garlic-mayo-dressing-breathed. "Book him, Ducko. His salad days are over." Even younger children will recognize and join in on the closing "DUM DE DUM DUM/DUM DE DUM DUM/DUM!" Egielski constructs a setting of neatly drawn, rustic mean streets, and Palatini leaves no crime-show trope ungoosed: give them both a Pullet Surprise.-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786804191
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:
05/01/2001
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 11.25(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile:
AD220L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Margie Palatini (www.margiepalatini.com) has written numerous favorite picture books, including this book's hair-raising prequel, MOOSETACHE. Some of her best-known titles are PIGGIE PIE, illustrated by Howard Fine, and BED HEAD, illustrated by Jack E. Davis.

Richard Egielski is the award-winning author and illustrator of many books, including The Web Files, Three French Hens, and The Gingerbread Boy. He lives with his family in New Jersey.

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Web Files 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for an entertaining book for not only your child, but you as well, look no further. This book, with a take from 'Dragnet', is wittily written. I loved the allusions to the old show plus several Mother Goose rhymes. It is a very enjoyable read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. I love the way it ties in with the folk tales to keep children's attention. It is a great book to use with drama and have it acted out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading the alliterations can be tongue twisting but Web Files is enjoyable to both adults and children. Children love hearing an adult stumbling over the twisters and recognize the nursery rhyme characters. But adults love listening to a good book too. They not only howled over the language but loved the Dragnet reference. This is an wonderful book to read and listen to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a librarian and stumbled onto this book. I've read it to the 2nd and 3rd grade classes and they LOVED this book. They laughed and loved the pictures and DUM DE DUM refrains. As a read aloud you can be very expressive. Who cares if they never heard of Dragnet? It makes it easier for the reader to get into character.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. It has a lot of hidden meaning for the 30 and over age bracket with its references to Dragnet and Hawaii 5-0. It is better read out loud in your best Dragnet narrator voice!