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It Came from Beneath the Playground
by Kirk Scroggs


Overview - Every newly independent reader will be rolling on the floor--and has a chance to solve the mystery--in this wildly wacky mash-up of chapter book and graphic novel, with art on every page, interactive seek-and-find elements, and more
In this first book of the series, fourth-grade detective Logan Lang is facing the biggest case of her career.
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Overview
Every newly independent reader will be rolling on the floor--and has a chance to solve the mystery--in this wildly wacky mash-up of chapter book and graphic novel, with art on every page, interactive seek-and-find elements, and more
In this first book of the series, fourth-grade detective Logan Lang is facing the biggest case of her career. Someone--or something--is stealing everything that kids love. Toys The amusement park carousel Even the school playground All of them sucked underground without a trace. Logan will have to team up with her longtime nemesis and super cop wannabe Gustavo Muchomacho if she wants to stop this subterranean scoundrel. With her serious doodling skills and his arsenal of high-tech sky mustaches, they'll race against the clock to unearth a master criminal.
Bonus backmatter is loaded with extra puzzles, word jumbles, instructions for drawing suspects, and doodle activities

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780316242714
  • ISBN-10: 0316242713
  • Publisher: Little Brown & Co
  • Publish Date: September 2014
  • Page Count: 167
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-UP


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Humorous Stories
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Comics & Graphic Novels - General

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-09-29
  • Reviewer: Staff

In this wisecracking launch to the Snoop Troop series, fourth-grade budding detective Logan Lang tries to figure out who has stolen the merry-go-round out of the local amusement park. This theft is followed by the disappearance of other fun things like video games and playground equipment, and then comes the demand: "criminal moles" deliver the message that the children at Murkee Elementary School must turn over their lunch money in order for the stolen items to be returned. Logan and her extremely enthusiastic partner, Gustavo Muchomacho, attempt to identify the mastermind behind the plot, and so do readers, who are invited to find items hidden in Scroggs's illustrations, sketch suspects, and unscramble clues. Scroggs (the Wiley & Grampa's Creature Features series) tells much of the story through illustrated comics-style sequences packed with visual puns, and his narrator dials up the comedy with sardonic, metafictional commentary and similes that spoof overserious detective dramas ("like a masseuse wearing boxing gloves, it rubs Logan the wrong way"). A rollicking mystery that bodes well for the books to come. Ages 6–9. Agent: Joanna Volpe, New Leaf Literary & Media. (Sept.)

 
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