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Tuesday 21 May 2013

Review: The Perplexing Pineapple (Cryptic Casebook of Coco Carlomagno #1)

Two crime solving guinea pigs – one the well-respected, if somewhat easily startled, Chief of Police in Buenos Aires, the other his sensible, puzzle-loving cousin. Together, Coco Carlomagno and Alberta examine all the clues until they can solve the mystery.

In the first The Cryptic Casebook of Coco Carlomagno and Alberta book, The Perplexing Pineapple, Alberta travels to visit her cousin who is distressed by the daily appearance of a floating pineapple outside his office window. The appearance of the pineapple is always accompanied by a terrible noise. What could it all mean?

This fun new junior fiction series is perfect for children who love to solve puzzles. There are clues in the clever text by Ursula Dubosarsky as well as Terry Denton’s fun illustrations. There are also a few word/logic puzzles scattered throughout the book.

These mystery/adventure stories would appeal equally to boys and girls. Not surprisingly given the creative team behind the series, the story and illustrations are filled with clever humour sure to have young readers smiling.

The series continues with Book #2: The Looming Lamplight and Book #3: The Missing Mongoose.

Title: The Perplexing Pineapple (The Cryptic Casebook of Coco Carlomagno and Alberta #1)
Author: Ursula Dubosarsky
Illustrator: Terry Denton
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, $12.99 RRP
Publication Date: 24 April 2013
Format: Soft cover
ISBN: 9781743312575
For ages: 6 - 8
Type: Junior Fiction