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48pp, color

6in x 8.75in
Juvenile Fiction: Readers/Beginner
4 to 8
March 2017


    "I love this simple Dragnet-style early reader. With lots of inside jokes and spot art to heighten the mood, readers get to solve a mystery along with Detective Wilcox and Captain Griswold. Six fun-filled chapters of humor, just waiting to be read. Bonus points if you can read it aloud in Sergeant Friday tone of voice!" 

    — Tracy Gallagher, Manager, Collection Development Youth Materials at Ingram Content Group

The Case of The Poached Egg:

A Wilcox & Griswold Mystery

By Robin Newman

Illustrated by Deborah Zemke


    When Penny goes missing from the nest, Wilcox and Griswold are called in to track her down. Was the egg stolen by a rival for The Most Round in the Spring Egg-stravaganza? Was she used in a carrot cake or scrambled by a hungry porker? Or was she held for a hefty corn ransom? Who took Penny and can the detectives find her before trouble hatches?

    What critics said about the first Wilcox & Griswold Mystery, The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake:

"Readers ready for chapter books will solve the crime and then be surprised by the twist at the end. Here's hoping for more hard-boiled detecting from Wilcox and Griswold!" 
    — Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

2015 Best Middle-Grade Book, Kirkus Reviews

Independent Publisher Book Awards Silver Medal


    "The word play in this book begins with the title and continues on nearly every page, making it hilarious for youngsters to read. The poached egg in the title was stolen, not boiled. The mouse detectives in charge of finding the egg before Farmer Ed’s Big Speggtacular are MFI’s (Missing Food Investigators). The wording in the book sometimes resembles old police detective shows, and the illustrations provide clues to help children discover who stole Penny, the egg. The full-color illustrations also provide details that enhance the meaning of the text or highlight details that are later used by the characters as clues. Children will delight in being able to find the clues before the MFI’s. The sentence structure, word choice, and illustrations make this a book that children and adults will want to read multiple times."

    — Janet Luch, Educational Reviewer, Adjunct Instructor SUNY New Paltz, Touro College, Visiting Professor, DeVry University

    "Move over Spade, Friday, and Clouseau. There's a new badge in town. Meet Detective Wilcox, Missing Food Investigator. This inquisitive mouse will lead independent readers on a punny romp across the farm for his latest case to catch a cake thief. Kids are sure to be back for seconds." 

    — Summer Dawn Laurie, Books Inc. 

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