The Astonishing Case of the Stolen Stories

Publisher: Jonathan Cape

Review

There are many types of detectives, and a good detective has to have very specific skills. Luckily Cat, Fox and Bear have got them all covered so when the King has a problem that needs solving he knows just who to call. The little prince is terribly upset; all of his bedtime stories have been stolen! The detectives look for clues and interrogate the suspects but it seems the big bad wolf isn’t a thief, and neither is the wicked witch. They search everywhere they can think of - until they come across a character they’ve never seen before.

This lovely picture book is smart and sweet. The detective gang are clever, but it is hungry bear who will become everyone’s favourite – he’s always thinking about food and providing the laughs. The various nods to other storybooks are woven in beautifully and the story’s resolution is genuinely delightful. A longer text and the fairy-tale references make this an ideal picture book for young school children who will enjoy being in on the joke. Inventive page layouts and a bright palette give these pretty illustrations style.

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