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[Monday Reading] A Classic Whodunit and a Riotous Mystery in Picturebooks

Piggins is no ordinary butler... Piggins solves mysteries.



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.


For this week’s IMWAYR, I am featuring two picturebooks that have been around for decades. This is my first time reading about them and I’m happy to share them with you!


Written by Jane Yolen
Illustrated by Jane Dyer
Published by Voyager Books (1987)
ISBN 9780833585325
Copy provided by Hudson Library & Historical Society.
Parents’ Choice Honors Book

From the back cover: Introducing Piggins, the very proper butler for Mr. and Mrs. Reynard, a foxy couple residing at 47 The Meadows. Piggins is no ordinary butler… Piggins solves mysteries.

The basic plot of Piggins involves Mrs. Reynard’s diamond necklace disappearing during a dinner party. Who could have done it? The cook? The scullery maid? The housekeeper? Or could it be Piggins himself, the butler? (Does the phrase, “the butler did it,” ring a bell?) Piggins is like an Agatha Christie novella for kids with all the elements of a classic mystery. The clues are not obvious but will make sense if you read the story again.

mr0730bGrandpa’s Teeth

Created by Rod Clement
Published by HarperCollins Publishers (1997)
ISBN 9780064435574
Copy provided by Wayne County Public Library.
Awards: Flicker Tale Children’s Book Award (North Dakota), California Young Reader Medal, Buckaroo Book Award (Wyoming)

From the back cover: Grandpa’s teeth, handmade by the finest Swiss craftsmen, are gone—stolen from his bedside table! Grandpa suspects anyone who doesn’t smile widely enough to prove that their teeth are their own. Soon everyone in town is smiling—all the time—and their ghastly grins are frightening the tourists away. Can the culprit be caught before the whole town cracks up?

School Library Journal described Grandpa’s Teeth as a hoot, and it sure is! Someone posted a sticky note on the first page that read: How many of you have lost your teeth? In this book we are going to read about a grandpa and his teeth. Grandpa’s Teeth is the work by Australian cartoonist Rod Clement. It’s funny, wild, and crazy. One of my favorite parts was when Grandpa and his family went to the police station and the police artist drew a picture of Grandpa’s missing teeth. Copies of the sketch were made and posted all over town! The story is quite clever and the ending is a real shocker.

Currently Reading…

I’m still working on The Body and the Library by Agatha Christie and Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli. Over the last few days, I started reading the following titles:

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Fats is the Assistant Manager for Circulation Services at the Wayne County Public Library in Wooster, Ohio. She considers herself a reader of all sorts, although she needs to work on her non-fiction reading. Fats likes a good mystery but is not too fond of thrillers. She takes book hoarding seriously and enjoys collecting bookmarks and tote bags. When she is not reading, Fats likes to shop pet apparel for her cat Penny (who absolutely loathes it).

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