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written by Trisha Speed Shaskan and illustrated by Stephen Shaskan
Q and Ray, two young animal detectives, have a very big case to solve for their first book. On a field trip to the art museum, the famous Mola Lisa is stolen right in front of them! It’s up to our two plucky inspectors to retrieve the priceless painting and catch the thief. The simple story and word choice make this ideal for the junior chapter-book set and Trisha Speed Shaskan does a great job adding some small twists to make the ultimate solution to the mystery less obvious...The simple cartoon illustrations are buoyant and bright, which adds to the lighthearted feel of the overall story. Q and Ray are off to a good start, and any aspiring sleuth will be eager to see where the pair goes from here.
This is a funny, action-packed mystery, divided into short chapters that move the narrative along quickly.
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