Having safely delivered the mouse family to their new home and reunited Hieronymus with his family, Anton and Cecil were ready to go home! Just as they were getting ready to make the next transfer in the Chicago trainyard, they met Ruby, a famous bloodhound detective, who is recruiting them to help her with a mystery: puppies are disappearing right under the noses of their owners at the Chicago World's Fair.
Cecil, always up for adventure and full of curiosity, is only happy to help. After getting some tips from some of the animals on the fairgrounds, the trio decides to split up to find the culprits. Cecil is closing in on the dog thieves … maybe too close, because he ends up being carried away in a hot air balloon.
Now it is up to Anton and Ruby to solve the case and find Cecil, too. In this big, busy place that’s not going to be easy.
Although predictable to adults, the mystery is cute. What stands out for me is that the “mystery” goes beyond the clues of the case and requires young readers to figure out the objects being described, like the Ferris wheel and hot air balloon. I purposefully started with Book 3, and I found this fine to read without having read the first two books in the series. It had the feel of reading Stuart Little, a book I loved as a kid.
This is a book that begs to read aloud! It is a fun, fast adventure and the suspense is paced well, inviting readers to keep reading.
This is the third book in this middle-grade adventure/mystery series featuring cat brothers Anton and Cecil.
This is an historical fiction novel, but the mystery is front and center more than the information about the Chicago World's Fair and "modern" advancements of the time.
10 and Up
9 and Up
Borrow and read it out loud! This is a great bedtime story option great to read with preteens and younger children.