Review! The Case of the Poached Egg by Robin Newman

Wilcox and Griswold: The Case of the Poached Egg
Written by Robin Newman
Illustrated by Deborah Zemke
48 pages – ages 6+
Published by Creston Books on April 2, 2017

Synopsis from Publisher- When Penny goes missing from the nest, Wilcox and Griswold are called in to track her down. Was the egg stolen by a rival for The Most Round in the Spring Egg-stravaganza? Was she used in a carrot cake or scrambled by a hungry porker? Or was she held for a hefty corn ransom? Who took Penny and can the detectives find her before trouble hatches?

What I Thought- Newman has written a nice sequel to her original book “The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake” (see my review HERE!). This early reader series is more challenging than a picture book and easier than a small novel, making it a great transition book. I like that the books introduce kids to detective processes, such as analyzing clues and using deductive reasoning, and also to mystery novels. The book has a slightly more serious mood to it compared to the first book, but does include some puns and silly situations as well. I like the feel of the story, it is more of a mystery/crime solving book for little kids. The Wilcox and Griswold characters are wonderful and will quickly become a reader’s favorite. This would be a fun read-aloud, with parents and kids trying to figure out who look Henrietta’s egg. Zemke’s illustrations have a really neat Roald Dahl-esque feel to them, with an ink-and-watercolor style, and wacky circumstances. I feel that Zemke and Newman have a rather good collaboration together. I can’t wait to see what else they can come up with!

I give this book five out of five bookworms!

Check out the book’s trailer!


Categories: Age 6-9

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13 replies

  1. Erik, I’m so glad you like the book. Thanks for the very nice review. It made my day! 🙂

  2. Hope Griswold and Wilcox can crack the egg, er, case (sorry couldn’t resist). Looks like a cute series. I need to read the Carrot Cake one too. 🙂

  3. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Please check out Erik Weibel’s wonderful blog, This Kid Reviews Books, and book, The Adventures of Tomato and Pea (Book 1: A Bad Idea), as well as his terrific review of The Case of the Poached Egg. Thanks, Erik! 🙂

  4. What a great review, Erik. I loved her sequel — especially the word play.

  5. What? More fun with Wilcox and Griswold? Great trailer!!!

  6. These books are so cool!!



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