Perfect Picture Book Friday! The Deductive Detective By Brian Rock

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because I love mysteries and this is a great book for younger kids to get into mysteries and learn how to subtract.

deductiveThe Deductive Detective

By Brian Rock

Illustrated by Sherry Rogers

32 pages – ages 4+

Published Sylvan Dell Publishing on March 5, 2013

Theme/Topic – Math/reasoning

Opening and Synopsis – 

“Duck, the deductive detective, was sitting at his desk when the phone rang with an urgent message: Someone stole one of the cakes from the cake contest!
Detective Duck is on the case!”

Detective Duck was called upon to “quack” the case of the stolen cake! There are 13 contestants, but Fox obviously didn’t steal her own cake, so that leaves 12 suspects! Duck uses deductive reasoning to eliminate the suspects one by one, until there is only one left…

Why I liked this book – I love mysteries. I like finding the clues myself. This is a great way to get young kids into mysteries. I also like that Duck uses math to find out how many suspects are left (ex: 12 suspects – 1 mouse = 11 suspects). The illustrations are very well done and “cartoon-y” and have some “hidden humor” in them, so older kids will like that. It’s nice to find a book that makes math and reasoning fun. The puns and cute jokes are also a favorite for me (like the mouse wouldn’t steal the cake because she only likes cheesecake 😉 ). I think kids 4+ would love this book!

Activities and Resources –

I didn’t have to search too long for activities to go along with this book because there are two pages of suggested activities right in the book! There is a compare/contrast activity and a deductive reasoning activity. There are also more activity suggestions at the publisher’s website (click HERE).

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog  HERE!

Categories: Age 1-5, Age 6-9

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34 replies

  1. Sounds perfect for my little spy. Thanks, Erik.

  2. With my name, I of course, LOVE detective stories. Great title and I have to put this on my list for when I have library access again!

  3. This looks very cute. I’ll check it out to read to T-man’s class. I like the illustrator’s style.
    I see you’re very close to reaching your accelerated reader goal. Only a few days left!

  4. Hahaha! This one looks great! A cartoon mystery with math! What more could you ask for? I’ll have to check the Duck out. Thanks for sharing!

  5. The word deductive in the title is great. This would make a great series. I’ll be on the lookout.

  6. Great title! If it were my cake stolen, you’d probably have to start the count with 13 – I sometimes forget what I ate!

  7. We’ve been reading some ENCYCLOPEDIA BROWN books, so this is right up our alley. Off to find it…

  8. A Detective Duck! What could be better? And he looks so happy!

  9. Love it! Thanks Erik!!

  10. This looks really cute and educational, too. Can always use some extra help in teaching my kids math and reasoning. Thanks, Erik!

  11. How cute. Thanks so much for the link up and for introducing us to the PPBF posts!
    ~Cool Mom for
    Stanley & Katrina

  12. Once I jumped on the table and stuck my face into a birthday cake and started eating it. Mystery solved. It was me. I love cake!

    Love and licks,

  13. Oh how cute! Love the Deductive duck…lol. Such a cheerful looking book with so much in it. Great fine Erik.

  14. What a clever book! I have to read this one. The trailer was very cute! It’s on my list!

  15. Looks really fun. Love the trailer!

  16. That looks really cute. I was a HUGE mystery fan as a kid, too:)
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  17. Aww, sounds like a very cute book. Love the alliteration! Detective Duck! 🙂

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