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June 1, 2013



Case #3: The Secret of the Missing Arch
by Renee Hand
Illustrated by Jake Karwoski

The elementary school at Acorn Valley holds an art fundraiser to help local animals whose homes were lost due to natural disasters. Four famous local artists--Claude Monet Mongoose, Georgia O'Giraffe, Vincent Van Goat and Pablo Picasso Peacock--have generously donated their weather-themed paintings for a charity auction. But a monkey wrench is thrown into the proceedings when distinguished Gila monster Dr. Ced E. Meant discovers, in a presentation at the Metropolitan Museum before the event, that his invaluable research has been stolen! His findings are so important that they cannot be leaked to the world at large! Meanwhile, more mysterious and fishy things are going on at the art auction, which Detectives Nut and Bill are determined to unravel. Geared for older children (and appealing enough for adults), this third entry in the series once again paints a delightful world of animal protagonists--teachers, scientists, etc.--using colorful illustrations with the lively black-and-white cartoons of Karwoski. Each of the animals--garbed like humans--has personality to spare, and they make amusing references to bills, hooves and tails. A genuinely crafty, complex mystery (including secret panels, art theft and characters who aren't as they appear) combines seamlessly with info about weather and art.

 If you are looking for a book that your youngster will have no trouble reading, this is the book.  Joe Joe Nut and Biscuit Bill begins with a speech from Dr. Ced, a Gila Monster.  He's talking about his new discovery. He does research on erosion and has been for many years.  Some of his research has begun to be top secret.  Someone wanted this top secret info.  His files are disappearing.  This book is set in Acorn Valley with
Georgia O'Giraffe, Clade Mon-goose,  Vincent Van Goat and Pablo Picasso Peacock..  A fast moving mystery with a story on weather, erosion, art, terminology and friendship.   The illustrator, Jake Karwoski did a wonderful job with the beautiful pictures.  This book is geared for the young and the young at heart.  It's a fantastic book for everyone.

I would give this book 4 Stars.

I received this complimentary copy from the author, Renee Hand for this unbiased review.


Renee Hand writes because it is a passion in her heart. She likes to create books that educate and inspire the children of today. She was born in Michigan and still lives there with her husband and two children. She has a degree in Zoology with a minor in Chemistry. Renee is the author of the amazing mystery series known as the Crypto-Capers Series that encourages children to read by incorporating several topics of interest. The reader participates into the story by solving cryptograms and puzzles to solve the case. She is also the author of the Joe-Joe Nut and Biscuit Bill Adventure Series, which focuses on animal detectives. This series is a great way to teach children about animals in a fun and interesting way that captures the reader's attention and yet fills them with knowledge they will be learning about in school. All books are great to use in a classroom setting to supplement various topics or to just enjoy. Renee is an award-winning author, receiving awards such as a Best Book Award, a National Literary Award, Seal of Excellence Award and two Preferred Choice Awards for her children's series and adult books. She has been writing for over twenty years and when she is not spending time with her family or participating in author events, she is coaching and playing tennis, as well as doing research for her books and many other things that keep her busy. Not quite sure what a cryptogram is and want to learn more? Visit the author's website at to learn about cryptograms and how to solve the ones that are in the books.

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