Grades PreK - 3
Grade level Equivalent: Not Available
Lexile® Measure: Not Available
DRA: Not Available
Guided Reading: Not Available
- Comedy and Humor
- Mystery and Suspense
- Cooperation and Teamwork
- Determination and Perseverance
- Equality, Fairness, Justice
About This Book
Smiffy Blue is the coolest, ace-est ace crime detective in Doober City. Together with his sidekick, Jeremy Joe, and his faithful dog named Dog, Smiffy Blue is ready for whatever case Inspector Hector of the Doober City Police throws his way. In these four stories, Smiffy investigates everything from the disappearance of a prized racehorse to a museum theft of the famous ruby of Mora Mora.
In each case, Smiffy Blue and Jeremy Joe arrive at the crime scene on their trusty bicycle-built-for-two, and in no time, Smiffy finds the one clue everyone else seems to miss. A half-eaten apple found on the scene indicates to Smiffy that the thief has large, thick teeth — which of course leads his investigation to the Doober City Dentist! Does this make sense to you? Actually, Smiffy Blue follows a logic that is all his own. And yet, in every case the wanted criminal ends up in handcuffs and Smiffy Blue winds up yet again on the front page of the Doober City Gazette.
Walter Dean Myers' stories will appeal to anyone who likes a good mystery — or a few good laughs. David J.A. Sims' cartoon illustrations of Smiffy, dressed in a derby and open trench coat, only add to the humor of the stories. In each of his hilarious adventures, Smiffy Blue always stays cool, even as his detective efforts look more like wild-goose chases than investigations.