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Finding a good book for kids can be quite a challenge. However, there’s no mystery here! These whodunits are sure to keep your early readers entertained!
16 Mystery Books for Early Readers
Murilla Gorilla Jungle Detective – Murilla Gorilla, the jungle detective, is woken up by a new case: Ms. Chimpanzee’s muffins were stolen. But who did it? It’s up to Murilla to find out… as long as she can find her badge first! Murilla may seem like a hopeless detective—disorganized, messy and always thinking about her next snack—but out of her mess come some pretty good ideas, and some pretty funny moments too.
The Berenstain Bears and the Missing Honey – Papa Bear’s favorite blackberry honey disappears, and the Bear Detectives set out to find the culprit.
Detective Dinosaur – First, Detective Dinosaur solves the mystery of the missing hat. Then he cracks the case of the squeaky shoe. Then he goes on night patrol, and spots a scary shadow in a dark alley. Can it be a monster? Help Detective Dinosaur follow the clues and find out!
Big Max – “The world’s greatest detective” follows the clues that lead to the King of Pooka Pooka’s missing prize elephant.
The Great Pie Robbery – Meet Sam Cat and Dudley Pig, detectives: They find fingerprints and search for clues. They catch robbers.
The Deductive Detective – Someone stole a cake from the cake contest who could it be? Twelve animal bakers are potential suspects but Detective Duck uses his deductive reasoning skills to quack the case. After all, the thief left hairs behind so the thief wasn’t a bird. Follow along as he subtracts each suspect one at a time to reveal just who the culprit was. This clever story will have children of all ages giggling at the puns and the play on words.
Young Cam Jansen and the Pizza Shop Mystery – At a pizza parlor, Cam Jansen’s jacket disappears. Could someone have taken it? Where could it be?
The Case of the Missing Monkey – When a glass monkey is stolen, High-Rise Private Eyes Bunny Brown and Jack Jones are on the job! But will this be one case that’s too tough to crack?
Nate the Great – Nate the Great has a new case! His friend Annie has lost a picture. She wants Nate to help her find it. Nate the Great must get all the facts, ask the right questions, and narrow the list of suspects so he can solve the mystery.
Detective LaRue: Letters from the Investigation – As if obedience school wasn’t bad enough, Ike now finds himself in jail–wrongly accused (of course!) of terrorizing the Hibbins’ cats & stealing their cat treats. Once again, he pleads his case to Mrs LaRue, who’s vacationing in France, but to no avail. When a string of canary burglaries stalls the Snort City Police force’s investigation–and reveals their crime-solving ineptitude–Ike flees custody and takes matters into his own paws.
Missing Mittens – Every animal on Farmer Bill’s farm is missing one mitten. Readers can investigate odd and even numbers as they unravel this mitten mystery!
The Mystery of the Missing Red Mitten – Annie searches the neighborhood for her red mitten, the fifth she’s lost this winter.
The Missing Mitten Mystery – Annie and her dog, Oscar, have had a busy day playing in the snow. Somehow Annie’s red mitten has disappeared in all the fun. They look high and low. . . . It’s not on the sledding hill, and it’s not by the snow castles. Maybe an eagle carried it off to keep its baby’s head warm. Or maybe a mouse is using it as a sleeping bag. When the sun goes down, Annie and Oscar have to give up their search and go inside. But when Annie looks out the window, something red catches her eye. . . .
Who Pushed Humpty Dumpty? – Break-in at the Three Bears family home? It could only be one dame. Wicked witch gone missing from her candied cottage? Hansel and Gretel claim it was self-defense. Did Humpty Dumpty really just fall off that wall, or was he pushed? Here are five fairy-tale stories with a twist, all told from the point of view of a streetwise police officer called Binky, who just happens to be a toad in a suit and a fedora. When Snow White doesn’t make it to the beauty pageant, Officer Binky is the first to find the apple core lying by her bed. When an awful giant mysteriously crashes to the ground, upsetting the whole town, Binky discovers exactly who is responsible.
What Really Happened to Humpty? – Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. Or–as his brother Detective Joe Dumpty thinks–was he pushed? This case isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Suspects are plenty (as are the puns) in this scrambled story of nursery rhyme noir. Was it Little Miss Muffet? There’s something not right about her tuffet. Or could it have been Chicken Little, who’s always been a little cagey? Or was it the Big Bad Wolf, who’s got a rap sheet as long as a moonless night? Joe’s on the beat and determined to find the truth.
The Web Files – This is the farm. Peaceful. Full of chickens, horse, sheep, and intrigue. Intrigue? Yes – intrigue. Someone has pilfered a peck of perfectly picked purple peppers. Ducktective Web and his partner Bill are hot on the trail of the pepper pincher, but this could be a hard case to quack. Little Boy Blue has an airtight alibi and Jack Horner won’t talk. Meanwhile, vegetables are vanishing all over the farm.
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