Hornswoggled!: A Wacky Words Whodunit

by Josh Crute (Author) Jenn Harney (Illustrator)

Hornswoggled!: A Wacky Words Whodunit
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Deer wakes up to find one of his antlers is missing...and there's a tennis racket in its place? One by one his friends also uncover that their important items from glasses to lucky boots have been swapped with silly, useless replacements like donuts and swim flippers. They've been hornswoggled! (Hornswoggled means tricked.) It's pure poppycock! (Poppycock means nonsense.)

Once they gather together to find out what happened, will they find the true thief or be outfoxed? Laugh along with a hilarious cast of animal characters searching for the mysterious trickster in this humorous whodunit bursting with exciting, wacky words that kids will love.

Kirkus Reviews

No snake oil here—just great fun.

School Library Journal

Starred Review

K-Gr 3--Looking for a title to inspire young writers to add some zing to their writing? Trying to make the point that a broad vocabulary can make life more exciting, zestful, and engaging? Look no further than the mystery in the forest that is this hilarious title. Deer wakes up to find that one of his antlers has been replaced with a tennis racket. He's been hornswoggled! A helpful placard is held up to define hornswoggled and the game is afoot. One creature after another finds themselves the victim of theft (the catfish has been codswalloped, a bison has been buffaloed). Finally a clever detective with a nod to Hercule Poirot arrives only to find that he, too, has been outfoxed by the thief of the forest. Laugh-out-loud funny illustrations join with a witty text to make a mystery forest romp an engaging offering, encouraging all who read it to broaden their vocabularies. This title would make a great read-aloud for older elementary students who enjoy puns and witty wordplay. VERDICT Highly recommended this book is a delightful tribute to thesaurus use and rich vocabulary.--John Scott, Baltimore Cty. P. S.

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Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
November 20, 2021

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