Detective Mole (Hardcover)
A charming, tongue-in-cheek picture book about a mole who exchanges his chef’s apron for a detective’s trench coat and sets out to solve his first case!
Oscar is a whiz in the kitchen, but he’s always dreamed of being a detective. When a squirrel is reported missing, Oscar hopes this will be his big break. Since he’s read so many mysteries and has a nose for details, he knows exactly how to lead an investigation. But the clues pile up and he’s nowhere closer to solving the case. Will he be able to track down the missing squirrel?
Readers will delight in page after page of imaginative scenes from Oscar’s world—each is packed with hidden clues, making this an interactive game for readers. One spread features Oscar’s underground tunnel home and restaurant, another is the corkboard where Oscar pins up his clues, and yet another is a huge tree populated with birdhouses—each with an address.
Perfect to introduce children to the detective genre, tropes, and lingo.
"A quiet rib-tickler of a detective yarn." — Publishers Weekly
“Charming tale of a bumbling, want-to-be woodland detective...The sly cartoon illustrations provide much of the humor. Budding detectives will solve the case long before Oscar and catch the many crimes he misses. The (ample) fun is in the details.” — Kirkus Reviews
"Illustrations use paint and collage elements to charming effect and stand in humorous contrast to much of the text. You see, Mole is not a very good detective." — Booklist
“A funny tale that will propel children to turn pages with a delighted 'What’s next?'" — School Library Journal