Big Bad Detective Agency by Bruce Hale

Published by Scholastic

Summary:  When the houses of the three little pigs are trashed, there’s only one suspect:  Wolfgang, the big bad wolf.  He swears he didn’t do it, and the sheriff decides to give him one day to prove his innocence before putting him in jail.  Ferkel, the fourth little pig, is eager to play detective, and Wolfgang reluctantly agrees to team up with him.  They talk to Cinderella, Jack (of the beanstalk story), Hansel and Gretel, and others, but everyone seems to have an airtight alibi.  Time is running out.  Will the real culprit be found before Wolfgang gets sent to jail?

Pros:  From the author of the Chet Gecko mystery series, this is the first in a new series that would be good for third and fourth graders.  Plenty of action and humor will keep readers engaged until the last page.

Cons:  Another children’s book based on the story of the three little pigs?

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