Title: The Mystery of the Kidnapped WhaleThe Three Investigators #35 - The Mystery of the Kidnapped Whale1
Author: Marc Brandel
Pages: 163
Recommended Ages: 8-12
Star Rating: ★★★★

Introducing the Three Investigators on The Blithering Bookster!

The Story.

Jupiter Jones, Bob Andrews, and Pete Crenshaw are just like other young boys – except they happen to have become involved in a variety of adventures that have earned them the collective title ‘The Three Investigators’.  Which suits them just fine.

One day, while watching migrating whales make their way up the Pacific coast, the Investigators spot a young whale that is helplessly beached! They devise a plan to help it temporarily, but when they return with the intention of rolling it back into the ocean, the whale has disappeared! Did it escape by itself? Or did someone steal it for some nefarious purpose?

Discussion.

I purchased six books from the Three Investigators series two weeks ago, and after reading this, my first book in the series, I’m already rip-roaring to light into the next! But I have this rule, see – it’s called, you-can’t-read-another-book-in-the-series-until-you’ve-reviewed-the-last-one-you-read. So, basically, as soon as I finish this review, I get to go start my next book. #yay

Jupiter, Bob, and Pete are a fun set of boys. Jupiter is

“the leader of the group. He is short and he probably thinks of himself as stocky. If you wanted to be unkind, you could say he was stout. You could even say he was fat.”

But none of his friends do say he is fat, and instead they rely upon him for his quick-witted deductions.

Pete is the most athletic of the three boys, and he comes in handy whenever a physically taxing activity is required by the case.

While Jupiter is the critical thinker and Pete the physically asserter, Bob is the organizer. He researches their cases and takes notes of each case as they go along.

The three work very well together as a team and aren’t given to undue squabbling or contention. Jupiter often figures out the mystery far in advance of Pete and Bob, but all are necessary to brining about the dénouement. I loved this quote from page 38, as Jupiter tries to navigate his way around a seeming dead-end to their case.

It was Jupe, as usual, who opened the discussion.

“When you’re trying to solve a problem and your mind comes up against a blank wall,” he said in what Bob recognized as his special thinking-aloud voice, “you are faced with two possible alternatives. You can either bang your head against the wall. Or you can take a detour and try to find your way around it.”

“Meaning what?” Pete asked. “I mean, meaning what in English?”

:)

A mystery movie is briefly mentioned in which a woman is strangled with a clothes hanger. [pg. 81] It isn’t discussed.

Conclusion. A fun installment in a classic series. I’ll be reviewing more of these books soon!

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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