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Nov 26 2014

The talkative tombstone by Ursula Dubosarsky

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Ill. by Terry Denton. The cryptic casebook of Coco Carlomagno series. Allen & Unwin, 2014. ISBN 9781743319529
(Ages 6-9) Highly recommended. This is the sixth book in the popular Coco Carlomagno series. Alberta the guinea pig is very excited to receive a card from her cousin Coco, the chief of police in Buenos Aires. She travels to South America where together they must solve the mystery of why the tombstone of a beloved tango singer has started to talk. Once again Alberta's practical nature helps the anxious Coco to remain calm when his nerves threaten to get the better of him.
Containing puzzles, codes to break and amusing illustrations by the wonderful Terry Denton, this book will delight children as they help the characters to solve the mystery. There are some great examples of amusing word-play to engage the imagination, and as with the other titles in the series, readers are also introduced to some Spanish words via a glossary.
Donella Reed

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