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Ooh, we have a mysteries board!

I write picture books and also, by day, write murder mystery party games. I have one completed PB which is a crime thriller about a jewel heist and I'm working on another detective-themed PB with series potential.

Who else writes PBs with mystery elements? I read in the other thread about Artemesia's hardboiled noir, which is very intriguing!

Also, can anyone recommend any good mystery PBs? I don't think I've read any but I know there must be some out there.
#1 - February 28, 2014, 04:53 AM

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Miss Nelson is Missing is the first one that pops into my head as a mystery PB. There's also a PB that's a nursery rhyme noir mystery...I can't remember the author. Also, Tara Lazar's latest picture book sale also has mystery elements to it, if I'm not mistaken. She's around the boards, so I bet she'll pop in.
#2 - February 28, 2014, 05:45 AM
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 :detective: my ears are burning!  :flame:

I haven't read them yet, but I came across a pb series called Ace Lacewing. Looks super cute.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8230139-ace-lacewing-bug-detective
#3 - February 28, 2014, 09:20 AM
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Thanks for starting this thread Lynda. I am very interested in this topic as well. I am currently trying to a write a mystery PB too.
My favorite one is THE GREAT PAPER CAPER by Oliver Jeffers.
http://floweringminds.wordpress.com/2012/10/19/the-great-paper-caper/

Kellie & Artemesia - thanks for the book recommendations
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PIGGINS by Jane Yolan is a fun one.
#5 - March 01, 2014, 07:03 AM

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Thanks for all the recommendations - I'll see how many I can get hold of. The Great Paper Caper looks familiar...

Tara Lazar's latest one - is that 7 Ate 9? Sounds like fun!

I also like the sound of a nursery rhyme noir mystery. I found this one - is that it?:
http://www.amazon.com/Who-Pushed-Humpty-Dumpty-Notorious/dp/0375841954

Nice to know there are others writing PB mysteries. Maybe we could do a swap in the future (although mine is nowhere near finished yet)!
#6 - March 02, 2014, 01:24 AM

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Oh, I knew there was another I couldn't think of, and that's it! When I was writing mine, my friend recommended the Humpty Dumpty one.
#7 - March 02, 2014, 08:44 AM
THIS LITTLE PIGGY (AN OWNER'S MANUAL), Aladdin PIX June 2017 :pigsnort
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Oops! I posted this to the mystery genre thread when I should have probably posted it here. Anyway, one fun PB mystery with a kind of Twilight Zone vibe to it Is "Creepy Carrots" by Aaron Reynolds.

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As a librarian, I'd LOVE to see more PB mysteries on our shelves.


CREEPY CARROTS is a favorite in our library, as well as HAMPIRE by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen.
#9 - March 02, 2014, 02:36 PM
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The DETECTIVE LARUE series by Mark Teague are cute!
#10 - March 02, 2014, 04:10 PM
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Hi All,

I like this thread  :-)   Other picture book mysteries:

Something Queer is Going On, by Elizabeth Levy. This is a whole series from the 1970s. I stumbled upon one of them in a thrift store one day and immediately loved the title  :-)  They word count is a bit longer than today's PBs.

Moose Tracks by Karma Wilson (rhyming) could be considered a mystery.

Stop, Thief! by Adam J.B. Lane isn't exactly a mystery, but has a heist/thief element.

In making this list, I realized how many picture books have a structure that resonates with mysteries--problem/riddle, clues, reveal--but aren't technically mysteries. For example, One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo or Immi's Gift by Karin Littlewood.

And other picture books, like The Grey Lady And The Strawberry Snatcher by Molly Bang or Lost and Found by Bill Harley (both of which I love), feel extremely mysterious, but don't have the traditional "trappings" of a mystery.

I think the picture books that are tough to find, and that I'm currently interested in writing, are those that have both the structure and the trappings of a mystery: a riddle or question, clues, and an opportunity for deliberate problem-solving.

. . . All in 500 words or less, right?  ;-)

I look forward to reading the titles that everyone mentioned!
#11 - June 20, 2014, 04:51 AM
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Rob Scotton has one featuring his popular character, Splat the Cat - SECRET AGENT SPLAT!
#12 - June 20, 2014, 03:22 PM
I've Got Feet! (Fantastic Animal Feet) - Amicus Ink (Aug. 2017)
I've Got Eyes! - Amicus Ink (2018)

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We enjoyed The Snatchabook at our house - not sure if it counts as a mystery but it includes a whodunnit angle :)

 http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17773504-the-snatchabook
#13 - June 21, 2014, 07:26 PM
MIND YOUR MONSTERS (Sterling, 2015)
HYPNOSIS HARRY (Sky Pony, 2016)
LUCY LOVES SHERMAN (Sky Pony, 2017)

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