Review! The Case of the Poached Egg by Robin Newman

24 Apr

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!


13 Responses to “Review! The Case of the Poached Egg by Robin Newman”

  1. rnewman504 April 24, 2017 at 5:38 pm #

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


  2. jama April 24, 2017 at 5:39 pm #

    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. 🙂


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks May 1, 2017 at 11:31 am #

      I think you’ll like them! If I’m not mistaken, there may also be a bonus recipe at the end of each (I can’t remember off the top of my head though). 🙂


  3. rnewman504 April 24, 2017 at 5:50 pm #

    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. Patricia Tilton April 24, 2017 at 7:44 pm #

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


  5. julie rowan zoch April 24, 2017 at 9:01 pm #

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


  6. Darlene April 27, 2017 at 5:29 am #

    These books are so cool!!



  1. ABOUT “THIS KID” — ERIK! | - April 24, 2017

    […] 1: A Bad Idea), as well as his terrific review of The Case of the Poached Egg.  Here’s the link. Thanks, Erik! […]


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