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Disappearing Cookies and Other (Delectable) Mysteries

Honestly, who can resist sweet treats?

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Fats here.

As we continue our quarterly theme on Crime and Thriller, Mysteries and Puzzles in Literature, I have three rollicking (and mouth-watering) mysteries that might send signals to your tummy. Honestly, who can resist sweet treats?


th0726jWho Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?

Story by Bonnie Lass and Philemon Sturges
Illustrated by Ashley Wolff
Published by Little, Brown and Company (2000)
ISBN 9780316820165
Copy provided by Wayne County Public Library.

From the dust jacket: Who took the cookies from the cookie jar? Readers can help Skunk solve the mystery as he asks each of his animal friends—Mouse, Raven, Squirrel, Rabbit, Turtle, Raccoon, Snake, Beaver, and Frog—this question.

Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar? is an adaptation of a classic song/chant that children are familiar with. The book opens with an activity related to it. Children are asked to form a circle and each child is given an animal name from the story. The child who plays Skunk will begin the chant and figure out the culprit. The narrative follows the same format, with each animal friend giving Skunk a perfect alibi. Follow the cookie crumbs and help Skunk figure out who took the cookies from the cookie jar.

th0726kWho Ate All the Cookie Dough?

Story by Karen Beaumont
Illustrated by Eugene Yelchin
Published by Henry Holt and Company (2008)
ISBN 9780805082678
Copy provided by Wayne County Public Library.

From the dust jacket:
Eeny meeny,
miney, moe!
Who ate all the cookie dough?

Help Kanga and her animal friends solve this delicious cookie mystery!

Who Ate All the Cookie Dough? is a rhyming picturebook that’s perfect for read-aloud. This has fewer words than Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar? but follows the same story: someone ate all the cookie dough and Kanga wants to find out who! When Kanga and her animal friends realized that monkey was nowhere to be found, could he be the one who ate all the cookie dough? Grab this book and find out! To make storytelling more fun, check out this Finger Puppet Activity posted on the Tucson Puppet Lady’s blog.

th0726lRichard Scarry’s The Great Pie Robbery and Other Mysteries

Written and illustrated by Richard Scarry
Published by Sterling Publishing (2008)
ISBN 9781402758232
Copy provided by Wayne County Public Library.

From the dust jacket: Help solve these zany mysteries before the crooks get away! Something is wrong at Ma Dog’s bakery—thieves have stolen her pies! Now Grocer Dog has a problem at the supermarket. Someone has been sneaking food out of the store and it’s a mystery how the thief does it. Once Sam and Dudley save the day at the supermarket, there’s no time to rest. They’ve been invited to a shipboard wedding. It sounds like fun, but when a jewel thief slips aboard in the crowd, trouble follows.

I grew up reading and watching the Busy Town of Richard Scarry. I loved the series when I was little. This mystery collection was published in 2008. It contains three Busy Town mysteries that had been published decades ago: The Great Pie Robbery (1969), The Supermarket Mystery (1969), and The Great Steamboat Mystery (1975). Join Detectives Sam Cat and Dudley Pig in three riotous adventures as they stop these daring and fearless crooks!

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