Detective Gordon: A Case for Buffy

From the Series Detective Gordon

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

The final story in this big-hearted series takes on the most important case ever investigated in Detective Gordon’s forest—where is Buffy’s mother? Gordon faces his old nemesis, the fox, in an investigation that leads to the edges of the forest.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 2
Copyright 2018
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Gecko Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 108
Publication Date 2018-08-01
Text Type Fiction—Mystery
BISACS JUV028000, JUV013090, JUV002000
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 5.9 x 8.3333
Lexile 550
ATOS Reading Level 3.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 197104
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 →


  • USBBY Outstanding International Books List, Winner, 2019


The Horn Book Magazine

“The future is bright for both the forest police and for readers hoping for the next installment.”—The Horn Book Magazine

Shelf Awareness

“[W]himsical perfection.”—starred, Shelf Awareness

School Library Journal

“The charming pastoral setting, Gordon’s wry antics, and Buffy’s heartfelt journey will provide much comfort to fans of the series, especially on rainy days or before bed.”—School Library Journal


“[A]n adventure that young readers (and prereaders lucky enough to hear it read aloud) will enjoy.”—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“Spee’s colorful, plentiful illustrations of anthropomorphic animals give the book the feel of a classic you just hadn’t discovered until now. A good choice for family reading time or newly minted readers of chapters.”—Kirkus Reviews