Book Review: Detective Gordon: A Complicated Case, by Ulf Nilsson

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A Complicated Case, by Ulf Nilsson is a warm and funny story with a good moral story for
young readers.

The main characters are chief of police Gordon, who is a toad and detective Buffy, who is a mouse. Buffy and Gordon are best friends and work together as police and they have a case to solve – they need to find out who is teasing everyone in the forest.

There are a whole lot of other characters who live in the forest and they all have been given personalities, like in the classic book Wind In The Willows. (I recommend you read that book if you like this one.)

This book will teach little kids a lesson to not tease and to be kind and that you should let everyone play with everyone.

A Complicated Case is full of humour and yummy cakes and charming characters, and teaches important lessons to young children. Even though it was written for younger children, I still enjoyed it.

“One important thing is that the police must always investigate,” said Detective Gordon
His speech became a little formal when he’d finished stamping a piece of paper.
“We must investigate!” said Police assistant Buffy, with a salute. “Yes, Chief!”

She always became a little formal too.
Then she said happily: “Perhaps we could dress up?…”

The author Ulf Nilsson has received many prestigious awards and the illustrator Gitte Spee graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, a renowned academy of fine art and design in the Netherlands.

This chapter book will be suitable for children who are starting to read alone and like cute forest creatures. I give this book 4 stars.

Reviewed by Ava Knowles, age 9

Detective Gordon: A Complicated Case
by Ulf Nilsson
Published by Gecko Press
ISBN 9781776570652


Two Book Reviews: Detective Gordon: The First Case, by Ulf Nilsson

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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 cv_the_first_casewoodland 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
ISBN 9781927271506