Detective Mole

by Camilla Pintonato (Author) Camilla Pintonato (Illustrator)

Detective Mole
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

A charming, tongue-in-cheek picture book about a mole who exchanges his chef's apron for a detective's trench coat and sets out to solve his first case!

Oscar is a whiz in the kitchen, but he's always dreamed of being a detective. When a squirrel is reported missing, Oscar hopes this will be his big break. Since he's read so many mysteries and has a nose for details, he knows exactly how to lead an investigation. But the clues pile up and he's nowhere closer to solving the case. Will he be able to track down the missing squirrel?

Readers will delight in page after page of imaginative scenes from Oscar's world--each is packed with hidden clues, making this an interactive game for readers. One spread features Oscar's underground tunnel home and restaurant, another is the corkboard where Oscar pins up his clues, and yet another is a huge tree populated with birdhouses--each with an address. Perfect to introduce children to the detective genre, tropes, and lingo.

Kirkus Reviews

The (ample) fun is in the details.

Publishers Weekly

A chef with a "great nose" that can "sniff out anything," Oscar the mole believes that he would make an excellent detective. He already has the requisite trench coat and deerstalker cap, and when an agitated forest squirrel gives a shout, announcing that their grandfather is missing, he swings into action. He has the squirrel describe Grandpa, and he makes a less than skillful drawing to show the forest inhabitants ("Is that an animal?" one of the group asks politely). But Detective Mole is undaunted as he proceeds to investigate the last place Grandpa was seen. "Did he say where he was going?" he asks officiously, surrounded by, but oblivious to, fishing paraphernalia. As Detective Mole continues to make a hash of things, Pintonato (Chickenology) drafts colorful digital artwork to accompany her tale, and her sense of humor loses nothing in Bibo's fine translation, allowing English speakers to enjoy this quiet rib-tickler of a detective yarn. Ages 4-8. (Nov.)

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Review quotes

A quiet rib-tickler of a detective yarn.—Publishers Weekly
Camilla Pintonato
Camilla Pintonato is an author, illustrator, and graphic designer based in Venice, Italy. She studied illustration at Mimaster in Milan and completed her master's degree in editorial design at ISIA in Urbino. Some of her favorite things in no particular order are books, her cat Rosmarino, and making footprints in the snow. Pintonato is the illustrator of Chickenology and the forthcoming Pigology.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
November 20, 2021

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