Who Is It, Whoodini?

by Roman Yasiejko (Author) Gustavo Ramos (Illustrator)

Who Is It, Whoodini?
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Follow the clues to reveal an unexpected surprise in this rhyming mystery read-aloud! Eyes wide with surprise and necks twisting to see, two owls whoo-hooted, Now who could that be?

When a mysterious bird crashes into a tree, two curious owls--Cahoots and Whoodini--set out to investigate. They fly down to interview their barnyard friends, but after gathering all the clues, they're still stumped . . . until Whoodini overhears an unexpected hint. Clever clues, teamwork, and a delightful surprise ending await young detectives in this charming mystery

Publishers Weekly

Clad in hats and capes fit for Holmes and Watson, owl sleuth Whoodini and sidekick Cahoots pursue a farmyard mystery in Yasiejko's debut, a rhyming story given cinematic drama by Brazilian newcomer Ramos. Faced with an unknown feathered entity that has crash-landed in a tree near two owls, the duo sets to work collecting witness statements. "It dipped and it flipped! Then it looped in a ring!/ But what kind of bird could have done such a thing?" asks a nattily dressed pig. It's not until the owls listen in on a conversation between the farmer and his young granddaughter, both portrayed with light skin, that Whoodini unravels the mystery, whose solution is soon revealed to readers. Ramos lavishes energy on acrylic and gouache spreads, filling in every corner with texture and lighting effects: illumination from the setting sun, light spilling through windows, and a glowing lantern. Though the rhyming lines sometimes prove distracting, this small-scale, child-friendly whodunit provides a satisfactorily puzzling quandary, and proves Ramos an illustrator to watch. Ages up to 8. Illustrator's agent: Mohamed Danawi, Illozoo Agency. (Feb.)

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The illustrations give a gorgeous glow to forest and retro-barnyard scenes

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Yeehoo Press
Publication date
February 20, 2022
BISAC categories
JUV025000 - Juvenile Fiction | Lifestyles | Farm Life & Ranch Life
JUV057000 - Juvenile Fiction | Stories in Verse (see also Poetry)
JUV028000 - Juvenile Fiction | Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
Library of Congress categories

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