Detective Gordon: A Complicated Case

From the Series Detective Gordon

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 5
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

The detective lay in bed with his eyes closed. But he couldn’t sleep. He was thinking. He always thought best in bed. Especially with his eyes closed.

Something is going on in the forest: one of the animals is saying nasty things about the other forest creatures. But no one dares make a statement to the police. Who is the culprit?

Detective Gordon and his assistant Buffy must investigate! But this is a complicated case. The two police officers split the workload: Buffy questions the suspects, while Gordon stays in bed to think.

Once the investigation is over, Detective Gordon plans to go fishing and eat all the cakes he wants to. And maybe then Buffy will be appointed Police Chief! But that won’t happen unless this case can be solved…

Detective Gordon: A Complicated Case is a warm and humor-filled follow-up to the well-reviewed Detective Gordon: The First Case.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 2
Copyright 2016
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Gecko Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 108
Publication Date 2016-03-01
Text Type Fiction—Mystery
BISACS JUV028000, JUV019000, JUV002000
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 5.8 x 8
Lexile 520
ATOS Reading Level 4.0
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 197106
Accelerated Reader® Points 2.0
Features Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, Starred Reviews, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Author: Ulf Nilsson

Ulf Nilsson (1948-2021) was a celebrated Swedish children's author, who wrote more than 100 books for all ages, winning numerous awards and translated into over a dozen languages.

Illustrator: Gitte Spee

Gitte Spee is a leading children's book illustrator who graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, a renowned academy of fine art and design in Amsterdam, and St Martins School of Art in London.

Lerner eSource™ offers free digital teaching and learning resources, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teaching guides. These guides, created by classroom teachers, offer short lessons and writing exercises that give students specific instruction and practice using Common Core skills and strategies. Lerner eSource also provides additional resources including online activities, downloadable/printable graphic organizers, and additional educational materials that would also support Common Core instruction. Download, share, pin, print, and save as many of these free resources as you like!

Detective Gordon

Detective Gordon is a friendly, philosophical, humorous, and thoughtful detective series following the adventures of the rather tired—and often hungry—Detective Gordon and his chirpy assistant, Buffy. Detective Gordon is something of a humanist, and keeps an View available downloads →


  • Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices, Winner, 2017
  • School Library Journal Best Book, Winner, 2016


School Library Journal

“Full of droll asides and an emphasis on the importance of kindness, this is also an excellent read-aloud selection for classrooms or families. . . . A wonderful choice for independent readers who enjoy light mystery and adorable anthropomorphized animals, this is a must-have for chapter book collections.”―starred, School Library Journal

The Horn Book Magazine

“Text and illustrations alike are full of humor and affection, making for a thoughtful but light-handed exploration of the topic. . . . Loose black line drawings with washes of warm color portray the friends, their cozy home, and the forest community they serve and protect.”—The Horn Book Magazine


Large and small, the many colorful illustrations perfectly capture the lovable, idiosyncratic characters and their woodland world. . . . First published in Sweden, this beguiling chapter book is a fine choice for young independent readers or for reading aloud."—Booklist Online

Kirkus Reviews

“[The] second Detective Gordon woodland mystery has all the charm and whimsy of the first. . . . [A] tale of intergenerational friendship that’s deeply respectful of its audience of young independent readers. . . . Readers will be hoping this isn’t Detective Gordon’s last case. Put Detective Gordon’s stamp on it: KLA-DUNK! Another winner.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews

The Horn Book Guide

In their second case, Detective Gordon (an elderly toad) and Police Assistant Buffy (a young mouse) investigates who has been saying ‘nasty things’ to fellow forest creatures. As before, the friends’ application of the law is just. Humor and affection in the text and illustrations (loose black line drawings with washes of warm color) make for a thoughtful but light-handed exploration of bullying.