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Title:
Albert's Halloween : the case of the stolen pumpkins
Author:
Tryon, Leslie.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Summary:
Chief Inspector Albert the duck and his three detective assistants follow a series of clues to find the batch of pumpkins stolen from the town pumpkin patch.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 570 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.2 0.5 51246.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.8 2 Quiz: 26576 Guided reading level: L.
ISBN:
9780689811364
Format :
Book

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Summary

Someone has stolen eighteen pumpkins from Patsy Pig's Pleasant Valley Pumpkin Patch! Chief Detective Albert and his pals (see below) are hot on the trail of the Pumpkin Thief -- but they need your help, or there may be no jack-o'-lanterns this Halloween! Follow along as theygo from clue to clue until they finally apprehend a surprising suspect -- and learn how much they "didn't" see along the way!

Illustrated in the same captivating style that has made Albert and his friends beloved by so many readers, Leslie Tryon takes the Pleasant Valley gang on a new adventure as they try to unravel the spookiest Halloween mystery ever!


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 5^-8. Children unfamiliar with Albert the duck and his animal buddies will start off wishing for a who's who of characters here, but they'll eventually catch on and be able to enjoy the fun. Led by Chief Inspector Albert, Miss Maple, Sam Slade, and Shamrock Homes embark on a quest to find 18 missing pumpkins, with clues taking them from the pumpkin patch to the library, to the dead tree, to the playground. Certain words in the clues are colored red and appear in puzzle-shaped pieces, which are later pulled together to guide children to pumpkins that Tryon has hidden in her illustrations. Suitably dressed in detective-style attire, the animals make a fetching group as they search dark landscapes by flashlight till the mystery is solved. Children will have a great time doing their own detecting on Halloween or anytime. A mystery story plus hidden pictures equals a double dose of entertainment. --Stephanie Zvirin


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Albert the duck and his animal friends share another adventure. Following a series of clues, the gang searches for 18 pumpkins that have been stolen from Patsy Pig's patch. After investigating a dead tree, the library steps, and a playground, the detectives are able to uncover only four of the missing gourds. Then they find a note that instructs them to retrace their steps and look again more carefully. Children will enjoy returning to the scenes of the crime and hunting through the detailed illustrations for the partially hidden pumpkins. The final double spread reveals the thief, Patsy Pig, who devised this clever game to amuse her friends. Filled with dark shadows, Tryon's illustrations provide the perfect setting for the story, while the characters' use of flashlights to spotlight clues, light the paths they take, and reveal objects in the night add additional flare to the mysterious ambiance. A terrific Halloween story that does not have ghosts or witches, this book will be fun to share in October; however, children will enjoy hunting for pumpkins throughout the year.-Olga R. Barnes, Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, NC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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