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Wild Willie and King Kyle Detectives

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Willie and Kyle are neighbors and best friends until the summer Kyle moves to Cleveland, Ohio. The friendship continues, however, as Willie begins to spy on his new neighbor and writes to Kyle for help in uncovering some of the secrets about Lucy.

Willie and his best friend, Kyle, who has moved to Ohio, start a detective agency, and their first case is to spy on the girl who has moved into Kyle's old house.

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Overview

Willie and Kyle are neighbors and best friends until the summer Kyle moves to Cleveland, Ohio. The friendship continues, however, as Willie begins to spy on his new neighbor and writes to Kyle for help in uncovering some of the secrets about Lucy.

Willie and his best friend, Kyle, who has moved to Ohio, start a detective agency, and their first case is to spy on the girl who has moved into Kyle's old house.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Rae Valabek
Wild Willie and King Kyle are best friends, live next door to each other, and have just completed second grade. A wonderful summer stretches before them until Kyle's family sells their house and moves away. Willie is left alone and, to make matters worse, a girl moves into Kyle's house! The boys set up a detective agency. Willie spies on his new neighbor and corresponds by mail with Kyle. In the end the tables are turned, and Willie makes a new friend. Told in the first person by Willie, this beginning chapter book addresses the feelings that surface when a best friend moves away.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-- This book takes the hoary theme of a best friend moving away and turns it into a humorous, sometimes touching, story of transitions and connections. Willie and Kyle have big plans for their summer before third grade, until Kyle's father is transferred to ``stupid-Cleveland-stupid-Ohio.'' Before the boys part, they plot to spy on the new neighbors, including the girl who moves into Kyle's old room, and to conduct their investigation by mail. Joosse keeps the absent boy in the picture through letters and phone calls, and eventually unites all three children in a long-distance friendship, and detective agency. Truesdell's fluid, loose-limbed, black-and-white cartoons punctuate and accentuate the action. The sprightly text has some gently poignant moments, making this short chapter book a fine choice for independent readers. --Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL
Hazel Rochman
Willie and his neighbor Kyle are a team. Whether they're playing baseball or being the greatest stunt pilots in the world or concocting the most disgusting glop, they get to do a zillion things together. But then Kyle has to move away to "stupid-Cleveland-stupid-Ohio," and a girl, Lucy, moves into Kyle's house and gets her girl germs all over Kyle's room. This delightful first chapterbook is told in Willie's exuberant voice, and Truesdell's wild cartoon drawings capture the third-grade mayhem, both gross and friendly. Willie starts off by spying on the enemy with his periscope and sending reports to Kyle, but of course it's no surprise that Lucy turns out to be a match for the boys' cunning and that she has a few tricks of her own, including dirtbike riding and baseball. "I kind of liked Lucy," Willie is amazed to discover. Kids will recognize the sadness of losing a close friend and the whooping joy of finding a new one.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395643389
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/20/1993
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Sue Truesdell has collaborated with Barbara M. Joosse on all the Wild Willie books and also on the picture book NUGGET AND DARLING. She has illustrated several picture books, among them NUGGET & DARLING by Barbara M. Joosse and THIS IS A HOSPITAL, NOT A ZOO! by Roberta Karim. She makes her home in Tenafly, New Jersey.

Barbara M. Joosse is the author of many books for children, including the four previous Wild Willie books and the best-selling Mama, Do You Love Me? (Chronicle). She lives in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.

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