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The Crown Affair: Nursery-Rhyme Mysteries    by Jeanie Franz Ransom & Stephen Axelsen order for
Crown Affair
by Jeanie Franz Ransom
Order:  USA  Can
Charlesbridge, 2015 (2015)
Hardcover, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Young readers are invited to join private investigator Joe Dumpty as he tackles a case that centers around a missing crown that could disrupt the annual Gooseland Games.

Jack, part of the Jack and Jill duo, has fallen and lost his crown and now it is up to that hard-boiled detective, Joe Dumpty, to find the missing piece of glitter.

There are plenty of suspects in Mother Gooseland but Joe has to contend with a tight timeline because the crown is the centerpiece of the awards ceremony at the annual games.

Who could the thief be? Jack Sprat, Jack B. Nimble, Little Jack Horner, and Jack Beanstalk all are at the top of the list but Joe will need some help determining which one of them, if any, is the guilty party.

Plenty of silly word play, excellent illustrations and a story line that features solid plot development and content make this a picture book that young readers will find not only enjoyable but also worth sharing with friends.

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