Book Review of The Fish Stick Detective
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Written by John Kilby
Illustrated by Mark Penrod
Ages 8+ | 18 Pages
Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishers | ISBN-13: 9781649799906
What to Expect: Science, questions, mystery, ornithology.
Quirky and fun, The Fish Stick Detective uses humor and the glamor of noir detective fiction to deliver interesting scientific facts to readers.
Dame Jane Great-Dane has an emergency: the Neil Diamond has been stolen! Only three dinner guests were present when the magnificent jewel disappeared: Sir Humboldt Penn-Gwynn, Sir Struthio Camelus, and Lady Javan Magpie. All three are involved in the diamond trade, but none have a motive for stealing the gem. Nevertheless, while Dame Jane’s back was turned, the salad and the gemstone both disappeared at once. This is clearly a case for the Fish Stick Detective! With his sharp eye for clues and the help of an ornithologist expert, Hake Pollock is sure to come up with the solution to this mystery—and, more importantly, the diamond.
While working through the clues with the fedora-wearing detective, readers will learn about the habits, habitats, and behaviors of three bird species (the suspects). The detective mystery format encourages readers to adopt a questioning, investigative approach to facts and science. At the same time, the subtle humor also invites them to look for multiple meanings in the text, encouraging strong literacy skills. Comic-style digital illustrations further invite readers to hunt for clues and hidden meanings.
The Fish Stick Detective is a fun and educational way for young readers to develop their deductive skills in nature and science.
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About the Author
Before writing “The Fish Stick Detective”, John Kilby had been a serial entrepreneur – the founder of a San Diego office supply company, an online water instrument retailer, and a brewery. Originally from Maine, Kilby now lives with his wife in Vista, California and plans to spend future summers in Camden Maine at his lakeside cabin.
For more information, visit https://www.thefishstickdetective.com/.
About the Illustrator
Mark Penrod loves Indiana, art, and nature. When he’s not busy with work, or working on his new Indiana home, Mark spends as much time as he can outdoors – walking or foraging for mushrooms. In addition to illustration, Mark is an accomplished photographer. His latest venture, “The Worst Cars That Were Ever Made” coloring book, is available on Amazon.
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