Title: The Case of the Dumb BellsThe Case of the Dumb Bells
Author: Crosby Bonsall
Pages: 64
Recommended Ages: Read Aloud
Star Rating: ★★★

An I Can Read Mystery.

The Story.

Tubby, Skinny, Snitch, and Wizard are detectives. And as detectives, they decide that it would be helpful to have a means of talking to one another while working on cases. So they buy two phones, which Skinny hooks up with a few spare wires he finds lying around the house. They work perfectly!

But the next day, strange things begin happening. The doorbells at each of the boy’s houses start going off when no one is pressing them – and the boys’ parents are not happy. But is it really the boys’ fault? Can they solve the mystery of the dumb bells?  

Discussion.

When Skinny purchases his phone, Tubby is sad because he is the only detective without a phone. Instead of allowing this to develop into a point of contention, all four boys set about finding jobs to earn the money for another phone.

All the parents become understandably irritated at the clanging and goings on. The children respond well, acknowledging the annoyance of the situation.

The illustrations make sense of the nicknames ‘Tubby’ and ‘Skinny’, but the point behind ‘Snitch’ and ‘Wizard’ remain unclear.

‘Gee’ is used three times.

Conclusion. Cute if a bit odd.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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