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The case from outer space, by James Preller ; illustrated by R.W. Alley

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The case from outer space
Title
The case from outer space
Statement of responsibility
by James Preller ; illustrated by R.W. Alley
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Language
eng
Summary
Second-grade detectives Jigsaw, Mila, and their friends follow clues found in a Little Free Library suggesting that aliens are coming to Earth
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Review
  • Grades 2-4 Junior detectives Jigsaw Jones and his friend Mila take on a new case after two classmates discover space-alien-related clues in their neighbor’s Little Free Library. When their teacher starts dropping hints about a “special visitor from far, far away,” the stage is set for the big reveal at the book’s end. The story rambles a bit in a completely amiable manner, but this isn’t the sort of mystery that readers are expected to solve by examining the clues and deducing the improbable but inevitable solution. Fortunately, it is the sort of mystery that will please Jigsaw Jones fans, who know they can count on the series for likable characters and a bit of a challenge here and there. For example, when Mila passes an encoded note to Jigsaw, he explains the substitution cipher she used, and then lets readers decode it on their own. With short sentences, bits of humor, and engaging illustrations, the latest early chapter book in Preller’s long-running Jigsaw Jones Mystery series has plenty of appeal for young independent readers. -- Phelan, Carolyn (Reviewed 7/1/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 21, p57)
  • Gr 1–4—Jigsaw Jones is back! Preller's puzzle-solving second grader returns for his first mystery in 10 years, coinciding with the republication of four original "Jigsaw Jones" mysteries. Fans of the 32-book series will be happy to once more see Jigsaw, fellow detective Mila Yeh, teacher Mrs. Gleason, and other familiar friends. Here, classmates Joey and Danika find a mysterious note in a book they borrowed from a neighbor's Little Free Library. They are convinced it means that aliens are coming. Jigsaw and his friends spend afternoons investigating the mystery, while during the school day, they learn about the solar system. Then they catch the bus home, where they are involved in stakeouts, neighborhood canvasses, and code-breaking. As usual, Preller brings the threads together in the end. He references other real-world titles (Marjorie Weinman Sharmat's "Nate the Great"; David A. Kelly's "Ballpark Mysteries"; Richard and Florence Atwater's Mr. Popper's Penguins), includes a secret code (a "Substitution Code" this time), and incorporates deductive reasoning, allusions, and similes. Jigsaw has the same droll sense of humor longtime fans will remember ("As a cook, I'm pretty good with a toaster."). VERDICT Those who enjoy Preller's works for younger readers will welcome the return of Jigsaw Jones. Highly recommended, especially for devotees of series such as David A. Adler's "Cam Jansen," Ron Roy's "A to Z Mysteries" and "Calendar Mysteries," and, of course, Marjorie Weinman Sharmat's "Nate the Great."—Gina Petrie, Catawba College Library, NC --Gina Petrie (Reviewed 05/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 05, p75)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10563338
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Preller, James
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 1
  • 4
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1955-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Alley, R. W.
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True
Series statement
A Jigsaw Jones mystery
Series volume
0033
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  • Jones, Jigsaw (Fictitious character)
  • Extraterrestrial beings
  • Schools
  • Mystery and detective stories
  • Schools
  • Extraterrestrial beings
  • JUVENILE FICTION
  • Jones, Jigsaw (Fictitious character)
  • Extraterrestrial beings
  • Schools
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primary
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The case from outer space, by James Preller ; illustrated by R.W. Alley
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
ocn953844359
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
85 pages
Isbn
9781250110183
Lccn
2016038514
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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illustrations
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(OCoLC)953844359
Label
The case from outer space, by James Preller ; illustrated by R.W. Alley
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn953844359
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
85 pages
Isbn
9781250110183
Lccn
2016038514
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)953844359

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