[Monday Reading] Mysteries Abound: Solving the Cases of Stolen Artwork and Missing Person in Arthur Geisert’s “Mystery” and Darcy Pattison’s “Searching for Oliver K. Woodman”

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading

Fats here.

It’s Monday, What are You Reading is a meme hosted by Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers (new host of Monday reading: Kathryn T at Book Date). Since two of our friends, Linda from Teacher Dance and Tara from A Teaching Life have been joining this meme for quite awhile now, we thought of joining this warm and inviting community.

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We’re also inviting everyone to join our Award Winning Books Reading Challenge for 2015 (#AWBRead2015)! You still have several days left before the year ends to win a book prize.

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Here is the sign up page and the November-December linky if you already have reviews up. One randomly-selected participant would receive a copy of The World of Norm: May Contain Nuts by Jonathan Meres courtesy of Pansing Books.

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Click here to view the announcement post to learn more details.

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 I borrowed several mystery-themed picturebooks from our library and found that these two presented the most unique stories! Check out these two books that are perfect for our Mystereadventure theme!

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Written and illustrated by: Arthur Geisert
Published by: Walter Lorraine Books (2003)
Book borrowed from Wayne County Public Library. Photos by me.

I’ve been a fan of author-illustrator, Arthur Geisert, ever since I read two of his books: Hogwash and Lights Out. I always admire the concept in his picturebooks, especially his artwork and his talent for creating the cutest pigs in children’s literature. Having said that, I was delighted to find a copy of Mystery in our library!

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This book tells the simple story of a little piglet who went on a trip with her grandpa to the museum. It was Tuesday, the copying day at the museum. Her grandfather would go to the large painting gallery while she kept herself busy drawing and copying artwork elsewhere.

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The little piglet noticed something strange about one of the paintings that she wanted to draw. She told her grandpa, who, in turn, talked to the museum guards. Alas, pieces of the paintings were missing and replaced with not so very good copies! Readers will be in for a treat as they join the little piglet crack the case behind the missing art pieces. As with his other works, Geisert used minimal text and full-spread illustrations in this book – another awesome read!

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Written by: Darcy Pattison
Illustrated by: Joe Cepeda
Published by: Harcourt Books (2005)
Book borrowed from Cleveland Heights – University Heights Public Library. Photos by me.

Searching for Oliver K. Woodman is actually the second Oliver K. Woodman book that Darcy Pattison has written. The first one was entitled The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman, which one numerous awards. Unfortunately, I was not able to find a copy in our catalog. Still, I figured that Searching for Oliver K. Woodman would still fit our Mystereadventure theme.

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Here’s a unique detective story featuring a wooden sleuth who goes by the name, Imogene Poplar. A girl named Tameka wrote to a news reporter asking for help to find her friend Oliver K. Woodman. What follows was not only a case of a missing person but a nationwide search across the United States!

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This travel-themed mystereadventure picturebook will delight readers who are always ready to embark on an adventure. Every turn of a page offers a letter written by a certain character who lives in a particular state and has heard of or seen the missing Oliver K. Woodman. I love how the little stories come in full circle in the end. I must admit, however, that I got a little confused reading this book. It might be best to read The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman first to (maybe) gain a better understanding of some of the characters in Searching for Oliver K. Woodman. Otherwise, I had an incredible journey with Ms. Imogene Poplar.

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I just finished reading…

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I came across Kareem Abdul-Jabar’s Mycroft Holmes at work one day. I thought the cover was beautiful and a story involving Sherlock’s older brother, Mycroft, was intriguing. The novel was set in 1870, featuring a 23-year-old Mycroft Holmes who just graduated from Cambridge University and accepted a job as assistant to the Secretary of War.

I’m a fan of Sherlock Holmes and, sadly, this book lacked the brilliance and suspense of the classic Sherlock stories. Nevertheless, since Mycroft appeared only a few times in the Sherlock Holmes short stories, being able to read a book that was entirely about him – and his younger days, at that – was entertaining enough.

I’m currently reading…

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Having a background in the medical field as well as psychology, I was intrigued by Charles Graeber’s The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder.

“After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed “The Angel of Death” by the media. Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history.”

I’m only 20 pages in but every turn of the page so far has given me the creeps.

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What about you, dear readers?
What are you reading this week?

12 Comments on [Monday Reading] Mysteries Abound: Solving the Cases of Stolen Artwork and Missing Person in Arthur Geisert’s “Mystery” and Darcy Pattison’s “Searching for Oliver K. Woodman”

  1. I love the look of Geisert’s Mystery – I think I have a collection of his picturebooks but don’t have this one, in particular. 🙂

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  2. Yay for mysteries- I love a good one. I read more mysteries this year than I have in a long time.

    Have a fantastic week!

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  3. I want to read Mycroft Holmes…have to check with my library and see when I can get it!

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  4. The book, Mystery is new to me, and looks great, Fats. Thanks for sharing it. Have a lovely holiday week!

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  5. Gorgeous books, especially the picture books. The Good Nurse caught my eye…thanks for sharing. Enjoy the holidays, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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  6. Ooh, Mystery looks fun. Great finding books that tie in with your theme!

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  7. Looks like you’ve been and are reading some fabulous books, enjoy them all over the holiday break.

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  8. “The Good Nurse” just sounds creepy…..makes you a little nervous every time you check into the hospital…!!

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  9. Lots of good books for you.

    Looks as though they are keeping you busy.

    ENJOY your week this week, and Merry Christmas.

    Elizabeth
    Silver’s Reviews
    My It’s Monday, What Are You Reading

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  10. The pictures in the Geisert book are beautiful,, but it’s the search across America for Oliver than has me intrigued. It looks like suuch a fun read.

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  11. Mystery looks like a really intriguing book. I’ll have to see if I can get a copy of it.

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  12. Ooo — I want the Screaming Staircase.

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