Detective Gordon: A Complicated Case by Ulf Nilsson Illus. Gitte Spee
It’s just not possible to dislike this book about Detective Gordon who is a toad and his assistant Buffy the mouse. They are the police in a large forest and rule by the big Book of Law which says such things as “you can’t push a squirrel into the river” and more importantly you cannot tease other animals because it is hurtful.
Unfortunately there is a culprit teasing other animals and all is not well in the forest. Toad and mouse must investigate.
Perfect stories for the reader who is starting to read alone. Lots of fun, good values and at the bottom of it all some good common sense that everyone can learn from. For example ” everybody knows inside them what is right and wrong” how true. and for the adults who believe in freedom we have the advice given to Buffy the mouse by Detective Gordon when she becomes his assistant – Police must always tell the truth. Whatever happens!
Once again superbly illustrated by Gitte Spee. The lonely sight of a hedgehog crying on a rock after being teased is very memorable.
You can’t beat a book like this. The first book in the series is reviewed elsewhere in this blog.