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Goofballs #01: Goofballs #1: The Crazy Case of Missing Thunder

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Publisher Comments:

“Everyone wants to be a Goofball in this little town, and readers will want to follow their cases in the future. That #1 on the spine ensures that there will be many more adventures from these goofy friends.” —Kirkus Reviews

 

“Targeting readers who like a lot of humor with their mysteries, Abbott includes a great deal of wordplay and slapstick, and stretches the goofball joke to its limit (Jeff’s dog even barks, “Goof! Goof!”). Madden’s cartoons add to the fun, and Abbott’s clipped, dialogue-driven text is accessible for beginning readers and creates just the hint of a noir atmosphere.” —Publishers Weekly

 

“The plot moves along quickly from clue to clue, enabling readers to test their own powers of deduction. . . . Bold black, white, and gray illustrations appear on almost every spread. Illustrations also suggest the multiracial make-up of the Goofballs. The humor consists of mostly pratfalls (tumbling into doorways, getting stuck in a chair) and puns (“don’t leaf me here”), but early chapter book readers will enjoy this combination of mystery and silliness.”—School Library Journal

Jeff, Brian, Mara, and Kelly are self-proclaimed goofballs. Since first grade these friends have been solving mysteries among their schoolmates etc and now their reputation is expanding. When rich kid Randall Crandall's horse, Thunder, goes missing, he calls upon the Goofballs to find him. Clues, clatter, and catastrophe almost ensue until the Goofballs recover Thunder, the flower-loving horse.

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Review:

"Abbott (Lunch-Box Dream) treads on silly turf in this launch to the Goofballs early reader series, named for a quartet of aspiring private eyes. The kids are hoping for a new case to crack when narrator Jeff receives a phone call asking the Goofballs for help. Reporting to a palatial home, the four learn that Thunder, a flower-loving pet pony belonging to a boy named Randall Crandall, has disappeared. A visit to a flower shop, disguising themselves as plants, and Thunder's penchant for pizza all factor into their investigation. Targeting readers who like a lot of humor with their mysteries, Abbott includes a great deal of wordplay and slapstick, and stretches the goofball joke to its limit (Jeff's dog even barks, 'Goof! Goof!'). Madden's cartoons add to the fun, and Abbott's clipped, dialogue-driven text is accessible for beginning readers and creates just the hint of a noir atmosphere ('A private eye has to notice everything. You never know what will turn out to be a clue'). The Startling Story of the Stolen Statue pubs simultaneously. Ages 7 — 9. Agent: Sterling Lord Literistic. Illustrator's agent: MB Artists." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Synopsis:

Jeff, Brian, Mara, and Kelly are self-proclaimed goofballs. Since first grade these friends have been solving mysteries among their schoolmates etc and now their reputation is expanding. When rich kid Randall Crandall's horse, Thunder, goes missing, he calls upon the Goofballs to find him. Clues, clatter, and catastrophe almost ensue until the Goofballs recover Thunder, the flower-loving horse.

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About the Author

Tony Abbott was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and lived in a small house on top of a hill. There were tons of books in every room (because both of his parents were teachers) and he would say that these books were his first introduction to the world of literature.

He has been a bookseller, a publisher, and a library clerk, but it was only when he began reading bedtime stories to his daughters that the spark of writing finally turned to children's books. Since then, Tony has authored over 85 books for younger readers. He is currently a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the Yale Center for British Art, and the Creative Writing MFA faculty at Lesley University. He presents writing workshops and seminars to children and adults nationwide. He lives in Trumbull, Connecticut with his wife, two daughters, and a pretty good dog. You can visit him online at www.tonyabbotbooks.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781606843406
Publisher:
Egmontusa
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Author:
Madden, Colleen
Author:
Abbott, Tony
Subject:
Children s humor
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Goofballs
Publication Date:
20120231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 2 up to 4
Language:
English
Illustrations:
BLACK-AND-WHITE ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
7.64 x 5.37 x 0.34 in 0.225 lb
Age Level:
from 7 up to 9

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Goofballs #01: Goofballs #1: The Crazy Case of Missing Thunder
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Abbott (Lunch-Box Dream) treads on silly turf in this launch to the Goofballs early reader series, named for a quartet of aspiring private eyes. The kids are hoping for a new case to crack when narrator Jeff receives a phone call asking the Goofballs for help. Reporting to a palatial home, the four learn that Thunder, a flower-loving pet pony belonging to a boy named Randall Crandall, has disappeared. A visit to a flower shop, disguising themselves as plants, and Thunder's penchant for pizza all factor into their investigation. Targeting readers who like a lot of humor with their mysteries, Abbott includes a great deal of wordplay and slapstick, and stretches the goofball joke to its limit (Jeff's dog even barks, 'Goof! Goof!'). Madden's cartoons add to the fun, and Abbott's clipped, dialogue-driven text is accessible for beginning readers and creates just the hint of a noir atmosphere ('A private eye has to notice everything. You never know what will turn out to be a clue'). The Startling Story of the Stolen Statue pubs simultaneously. Ages 7 — 9. Agent: Sterling Lord Literistic. Illustrator's agent: MB Artists." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , US
"Synopsis" by , Jeff, Brian, Mara, and Kelly are self-proclaimed goofballs. Since first grade these friends have been solving mysteries among their schoolmates etc and now their reputation is expanding. When rich kid Randall Crandall's horse, Thunder, goes missing, he calls upon the Goofballs to find him. Clues, clatter, and catastrophe almost ensue until the Goofballs recover Thunder, the flower-loving horse.

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