Beginning readers are introduced to the detective mystery genre in these chapter books. Perfect for the Common Core, kids can problem-solve with Nate, using logical thinking to solve mysteries!
Annie's dog is unhappy. When Fang is unhappy, everyone is unhappy. Especially Nate the Great. So Nate agrees to sniff out Fang's mysteriously missing Christmas mail. It's cold and snowy. But Nate the Great and his dog, Sludge, will try to solve this holiday case in time for Fang to have a crunchy, munchy Christmas.
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"All the usual characters, Sharmat's wry humor, and Simont's lively, appealing watercolors are packed into this easy reader that's sure to be popular all year long."School Library Journal
"Nate uncovers some snowy clues to deliver a lip-smacking holiday greeting to Fang and his owner. Simont's loose, humorous chalk and watercolor spots help turn this beginning reader into a page-turner."Publishers Weekly
About the Author
MARJORIE WEINMAN SHARMAT has written more than 130 books for children and young adults, as well as movie and TV novelizations. Her books have been translated into twenty-four languages. The award-winning Nate the Great series, hailed in Booklist as “groundbreaking,” has resulted in Nate’s real-world appearances in many New York Times crossword puzzles, sporting a milk mustache in magazines and posters, residing on more than 28 million boxes of Cheerios, and touring the country in musical theater. Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and her husband, Mitchell Sharmat, have also coauthored many books, including titles in both the Nate the Great and the Olivia Sharp series.
CRAIG SHARMAT is a Los Angeles–based author, composer, and guitarist. His extensive credits include national television programs, feature films, and jingles. He is the coauthor of several Nate the Great books.
MARC SIMONT won the Caldecott Medal for his artwork in A Tree Is Nice by Janice May Udry, as well as a Caldecott Honor for his own book, The Stray Dog. He illustrated the first twenty books in the Nate the Great series.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Missing Christmas Card It is one week before Christmas, and Nate the Great is shoveling his walk. However, he’s about to get a new client when Annie and her dog Fang show up. Fang always gets a Christmas card from his mother, but this year it hasn’t arrived. While Nate and Fang don’t exactly get along (Nate would rather shovel the walk), he reluctantly begins to search for the missing card. What clues can he find? Somehow, I’ve never read this particular book over the years, and I found it to be fun. Once again, the clues are there, so it is rather obvious when Nate solves it how he did even though I didn’t figure it out early myself. But there is fun to be had along the way with Annie, Fang, and Rosamand and her cats (if not Oliver who is absent from this book). If you are looking for a Christmas mystery for your young kid, this is definitely the picture book for you. You’ll both enjoy seeing just what became of the card.