The Astonishing Case of the Stolen Stories

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The Astonishing Case of the Stolen Stories
Anca Sandu
Jonathan Cape pbk
Fox, Cat and Bear, the detectives, are well prepared when they receive a summons from the king, calling them to the palace immediately. Once there, they learn of the little prince who is distraught because all his stories have gone missing. Straight away the three get to work: first they investigate the scene of the crime, then they begin their interrogations starting with the big bad wolf. The next suspect is the wicked witch but it seems her special books have also disappeared. In fact books have gone missing from all over the kingdom. The search widens but it’s not the trolls under the bridge, nor the pirates (they have an alibi),

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so on the detectives go… oops! What is that you’ve tripped over bear? Could it be a book? At last, they’re hot on the trail, a trail that leads further into the woods and into a dark cave wherein they come upon a Thing – a thing surrounded by piles and piles of books.

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If you want to know what the thing is doing with all those stolen volumes and how the detectives manage to bring the case to a highly satisfactory conclusion for all concerned, then get hold of a copy of this rib-tickling romp of a book. It is in fact, a story within a story. Moreover, with its fairy tale and nursery rhyme allusions, there are numerous opportunities for making intertextual links;

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words and pictures contain a wealth of verbal and visual possibilities. The more you look, the more you will discover.
Infant teachers, this is brimming over with potential for reading, writing and much more.
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