Narrated By: Ramón de Ocampo
Duration: 1 hour and 33 minutes
What to expect
Here are two mean and nasty words: Mrs. Cakel
Something has gone wrong in Danny and Calvin’s fourth-grade classroom-out of the blue, Mrs. Cakel has transformed from a rampant rule-enforcer to a quiet excuse-accepter. Has she been replaced with an alien? Has she undergone a top-secret personality makeover?
Danny and Calvin decide there’s only one way to find out what’s really going on—spy. But spying soon leads to a greater mystery filled with dog chasing, jelly-injected donuts, prune butter-included experiments, riddle mania, and more!
Children’s / Teenage fiction: General fiction, Children’s / Teenage: Chapter books (transitional storybooks)
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“Adler’s second tale of doodle-loving Danny features real kid characters with real kid perspectives on the adult world.”
“The story has likable characters and a well-paced plot. It is filled with Danny’s doodles, which will appeal to some readers and make a first chapter book less intimidating. While an easy read, Adler deftly incorporates deeper issues, such as Mrs. Cakel’s solitary life and Calvin’s father abandonment of his family.”
“Playing Calvin’s sometimes-scary recklessness off against Danny’s methodical, systematic gathering of clues, Adler concocts a credible investigation and a happy resolution. Over and above that, though, the book artfully portrays a dynamic friendship between seeming opposites that points to ways of making better choices without losing the fun.”