Monday, October 21, 2013

The Case of the Missing Donut - Alison McGhee

Summary:  The sheriff and his deputy dog have been charged with a mission: to bring a dozen donuts home safely. All seems to be going well until the young sheriff peeks inside the box to check on the tasty treats. They’re practically calling his name, and in the blink of an eye (and with just a few nibbles), a donut disappears! Wherever could that missing donut be? Luckily, this is one mystery the sheriff and his deputy are sure to bring to a close.  (Image and summary taken from

My Review:  What happens when the Sheriff becomes a suspect?  How is he supposed to solve the mystery of the missing donut when the evidence is right under his own nose?

My daughter and I both found this story delightful. Isabel Roxas' illustrations are darling, and the way that the story is printed makes it for such a visually fun book.  Clara loved the mystery aspect, and I loved the way the Sheriff's parents handled the situation.  It was a great little bedtime story, and one that my daughter immediately put into the "Again, again!" pile!

There is such a benefit to picture books.  Not only do they inspire a love of reading, but they provide visual clues to new vocabulary for both budding and established readers.  My daughter's class has been talking about "reading the pictures", using the visual clues to stimulate their imagination and help them envision the story more fully.  In fact, my son's second grade teacher has been encouraging us to read more picture books with our second graders!

My Rating: 4.5 stars

For the Sensitive Reader:  Never fear, the guilty party gets apprehended in the end!

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