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Book review #1, by Hannah
The first case is about two detectives trying to solve the mystery of nuts being stolen from woodland animals. Its a bit tricky though. The thieves are very cunning and also clever, which makes this case very hard to solve. Will the two detectives solve this mystery? Or will the thieves win this time? See for yourself!
I thought this book was wondrous to read, a tricky mystery that was nice, entertaining, adventurous and mysterious all at the same time. I know this book will be delightful to anyone who reads it. I hope you liked my review.
by Hannah Wong-Ming, age 8
Book Review #2, by Hannah’s mum Emma
I am truly thankful for Gecko Press. Without this creative Wellington-based publisher, we would be very unlikely to have good access to such authors as Ulf Nilsson. Finding and translating excellent children’s books from all around the world is a passion of the publisher, Julia Marshall. I have not ever been disappointed by a Gecko Press book (I own an embarrassing number of them), and find them to be reliable presents. Ulf Nilsson’s All the Dear Little Animals and When We Were Alone in the World are two of my favourite children’s books.
The First Case features animals making sense of the forest around them. This forest features very polite animals, except for the thief who has stolen a squirrel’s stockpile of winter nuts. Chief Detective Gordon (a toad) is the most important (and only) policeman in the forest. It is his job to find the thief. In doing so he comes across a frozen, nameless mouse. They help each other, and on learning the mouse has no name, Chief Gordon solemnly names her to help make the mouse find her place in the world. He then uses his ever-present stamp to make it official. The newly named Buffy becomes Chief Gordon’s apprentice. Their combined skills, and a little logic, solve the case.
The story is simply and beautifully told. The accompanying pictures (illustrated by Gitte Spee) communicate the special world of the snow-laden forest. This is a gentle mystery story, suitable for young readers aged 7-9. I’m hopeful that it is the first in a series of further forest mysteries.
Reviewed by Emma Wong-Ming
Detective Gordon: The First Case
by Ulf Nilsson, illustrated by Gitte Spee
Published by Gecko Press