Perfect Picture Book Friday! The Deductive Detective By Brian Rock

3 May

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!

34 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book Friday! The Deductive Detective By Brian Rock”

  1. Catherine Johnson May 3, 2013 at 6:07 am #

    Sounds perfect for my little spy. Thanks, Erik.


  2. Joanna May 3, 2013 at 7:53 am #

    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. Michelle Isenhoff May 3, 2013 at 7:55 am #

    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!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 5, 2013 at 10:03 am #

      As of the moment, I have 1390 points! 😉
      I think T-Man’s class would love this book! 😀


  4. readingwithrhythm May 3, 2013 at 8:31 am #

    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. Wendy Greenley May 3, 2013 at 8:52 am #

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


  6. julie rowan zoch May 3, 2013 at 9:22 am #

    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. Kirsten Larson May 3, 2013 at 9:29 am #

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


  8. ontheplumtree May 3, 2013 at 10:24 am #

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


  9. Darlene May 3, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    Love it! Thanks Erik!!


  10. Amy D May 3, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

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


  11. stanleyandkatrina May 3, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

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


  12. Genevieve Petrillo May 3, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

    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. patientdreamer May 3, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

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


  14. Penny Klostermann May 3, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

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


  15. PragmaticMom May 4, 2013 at 8:51 am #

    Looks really fun. Love the trailer!


  16. Barbara May 4, 2013 at 7:16 pm #

    That looks really cute. I was a HUGE mystery fan as a kid, too:)
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  17. Myra GB May 19, 2013 at 1:04 am #

    Aww, sounds like a very cute book. Love the alliteration! Detective Duck! 🙂


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