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The Hamster of the Baskervilles (Chet Gecko Mysteries
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BRUCE HALE is the author of five picture books as well as the Chet Gecko mysteries. A popular speaker, teacher, and storyteller for children and adults, he lives in Santa Barbara, California.

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Gr 3-5-Chet returns for his fifth case, when his classroom is wrecked and he is offered two get-out-of-detention-free cards and a box of jelly doughnuts to find the culprit. The zany text reads like a mixture of stand-up comedy, Raymond Chandler mysteries, old films, and a fourth grader on an overdose of sugar. In order to solve the case Chet and his bird partner, Natalie Attired, infiltrate the Dirty Rotten Stinkers gang to find out more about suspects Erik Nidd, a tank-sized tarantula, and Bosco Rebbizi, a "surly ferret with a chip on his shoulder the size of a redwood tree." A werewolf is sighted and the playground has large tunnels in it. Chet interviews the librarian, an opossum who is an expert on the supernatural and talks like a Beat hipster from the 1950s. Plot development is not built steadily with the finding of clues, and the ending is sudden and contrived. However, the irresistible wordplay and punny humor may elicit giggles from many readers. Illustrations are adequate, but they don't have the originality and appeal of the text.-Debbie Stewart, Grand Rapids Public Library, MI Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Raves for Chet Gecko
"The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse ""Zesty and entertaining."--"The Bulletin"
"The Mystery of Mr. Nice"
"Hold on to your fedoras: this gecko's going places."--"Kirkus Reviews"
"Farewell, My Lunchbag"
"Fodder for budding criminologists and stand-up comedians. . . . Sassy."--"School Library Journal"
"The Big Nap"
"Fast-paced suspense and snappy dialogue. . . . A choice series for reluctant readers."--"Booklist"
"The Hamster of the Baskervilles"
"The zany text reads like a mixture of stand-up comedy, Raymond Chandler mysteries, old films, and a fourth grader on an overdose of sugar."--"School Library Journal"

Raves for Chet Gecko
The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse "Zesty and entertaining."--The Bulletin

The Mystery of Mr. Nice
"Hold on to your fedoras: this gecko's going places."--Kirkus Reviews
Farewell, My Lunchbag

"Fodder for budding criminologists and stand-up comedians. . . . Sassy."--School Library Journal

The Big Nap
"Fast-paced suspense and snappy dialogue. . . . A choice series for reluctant readers."--Booklist

The Hamster of the Baskervilles
"The zany text reads like a mixture of stand-up comedy, Raymond Chandler mysteries, old films, and a fourth grader on an overdose of sugar."--School Library Journal

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