Detective Gordon: A Complicated Case
From the Series Detective Gordon
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.
|Interest Level||Kindergarten - Grade 5|
|Reading Level||Grade 2|
|Number of Pages||108|
- Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices
- School Library Journal Best Book
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
“[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.
Author: Ulf Nilsson
Ulf Nilsson is a celebrated children's writer based in Sweden. He has won the August Prize and the Batchelder Award.
Illustrator: Gitte Spee
Gitte Spee graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, a renowned academy of fine art and design in the Netherlands. She now works in Amsterdam as a children's book illustrator.
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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 →