Thursday, October 12, 2017

Mitzi Tulane, Preschool Detective in the Secret Ingredient

Mitzi Tulane, Preschool Detective in the Secret Ingredient. Lauren McLaughlin. Illustrated by Debbie Ohi. 2017. Random House. 32 pages. [Source: Library]

First sentence: Mitzi Tulane, Preschool Detective, was playing with her friend Max. They had already investigated Mommy's shoe closet; spied on Daddy, who was on the phone with someone named "Work"...and searched for evidence under Baby Kev's crib. It was a slow day. Until snack time rolled around.

Premise/plot: Mitzi is just about to take a bite of a muffin--a homemade muffin--when her friend, Max warns her of danger. Muffins can hide SECRET ingredients: ingredients like vegetables. Max should know. He's accidentally eaten foods with HIDDEN spinach. So Mitzi takes his advice seriously. In fact, the muffin becomes her next case. Can Mitzi use her skills--and the skills of her neighbors in the apartment building--to find out the truth? Did Mitzi's dad try to sneak a vegetable in a tasty-looking muffin?!

My thoughts: I enjoyed this one. I liked some of the details that came through in the illustrations. I like that Mitzi and Max are playing tent, for example. I liked that Gigi Gaboo (the doll) accompanies Mitzi everywhere. I thought Bun Bun was super adorable.

Text: 3 out of 5
Illustrations: 4 out of 5
Total: 7 out of 10
© 2017 Becky Laney of Young Readers

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