Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Nate The Great And The Hungry Book Club
Nate The Great and the Hungry Book Club. By Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and Mitchell Sharmat. Illustrated by Jody Wheeler. 2009. (November 2009) Random House. 64 pages.
My name is Nate the Great. I am a detective. My dog, Sludge, is a detective too.
Believe it or not, this is my very first Nate the Great book. And I liked it. Nate the Great has not one but two mysteries to solve in this one. Both about books. His friend, Rosamond, has a problem. She discovered it after one of the meetings of her book club. Her cook book--that she uses to prepare tasty treats for the club meetings--is missing a page. It was "torn, ripped, ruined." (Sad, sad start isn't it?) So Rosamund invites (Nate may say forces) him to attend her next book club meeting to see if he can solve the mystery. Is one of her book club members at fault? And if so, who did it? And why? This next meeting leads to a second mystery. Another missing page from another book? What is going on here? Is it the same culprit at work? Will Rosamond's books ever be safe again?
It was fun. It was cute. I especially loved listening in on the discussion of the book club as they read (and discussed) Harvard Hedgehog.
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