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The Case Of The Frog-Jumping Contest

by James Preller

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I really enjoyed reading this book. I thought that it was very funny, and I often found myself laughing while reading. I particularly liked the fact that that it had pictures included throughout the text. Many of the pictures were signs or drawings that the reader must look at and sometimes read in order to continue understanding the story. I also liked the fact that this book used a lot of short sentences that young readers can read easily and understand. For example, the author would write out sounds like “Yeesh.” or put emphasis on previous sentences saying, “Or, like, ever.” This breaks up the writing a bit and keeps children engaged in reading. Although this book is fiction, it also provides readers with some accurate information on frogs. While Jigsaw is investigating, he learns, for instance, the difference between frogs and toads and how to “think like a frog.” Also, I think that this book is relatable for kids. When I was young, I used to love reading children’s mystery books similar to this because I wanted my life to be like the lives of the children in the books. I thought it was cool that children could solve mysteries, and it made me more interested in reading. Finally, I do not believe that this book has a central message per se. It is just a fun book to get children engaged in higher-level reading and make the transition from picture books to chapter books.
  JessicaSparacino | Apr 12, 2016 |
I really enjoyed reading this book. I thought that it was very funny, and I often found myself laughing while reading. I particularly liked the fact that that it had pictures included throughout the text. Unlike other transitional chapter books, these pictures were not only page-long illustrations to go along with the story. Many of the pictures were signs or drawings that the reader must look at and sometimes read in order to continue understanding the story. I also liked the fact that this book used a lot of short sentences that young readers can read easily and understand. For example, the author would write out sounds like “Yeesh.” or put emphasis on previous sentences saying, “Or, like, ever.” This breaks up the writing a bit and keeps children engaged in reading. Although this book is fiction, it also provides readers with some accurate information on frogs. While Jigsaw is investigating, he learns, for instance, the difference between frogs and toads and how to “think like a frog.” Also, I think that this book is relatable for kids. When I was young, I used to love reading children’s mystery books similar to this because I wanted my life to be like the lives of the children in the books. I thought it was cool that children could solve mysteries, and it made me more interested in reading. Finally, I do not believe that this book has a central message per se. It is just a fun book to get children engaged in higher-level reading and make the transition from picture books to chapter books. ( )
  kfield9 | Mar 18, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0439678056, Paperback)

Looking for intriguing mysteries, great friendship stories, and quality chapter books for beginning readers? Look no further: Jigsaw and Mila are the best detectives on the market!

It's not easy being green! The carnival is in town and Jigsaw's friends are excited to enter their first ever frog-jumping contest. It's going to be grrrrrrr-eat! But when the carnival's champion jumping frog mysteriously disappears, Jigsaw and his partner Mila suspect foul play. These ace detectives are only a hop, skip, and a jump away from catching the frog-napper, but a bigger mystery remains...which one of them will have the frog with the highest jump? The competition is going to be toad-ally intense!

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:03:01 -0400)

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Jigsaw Jones investigates when the champion frog in a frog-jumping contest mysteriously disappears.

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