Help Whobert Whover, Owl Detective, keep his woods safe in this hilarious who-who-dun-it.
What happened to Perry the Possum? Whobert Whover, Owl Detective, is on the case!
Did Debbie the Duck whack Perry with her wicked wings?
Or did Freddie the Frog soak Perry in his sickening slime?
And what if the culprit is closer to home than Whobert expects?
Why should adults get all the good unsolved mysteries? Debut author Gallaher's pun-laden whodunit starts with a classic scene: Perry the Possum, "lying awfully still" on the forest floor. Whobert, a self-appointed and self-important detective ("He always tried to keep his neck of the woods safe"), doesn't waste time with details like gathering evidence. He prefers to fling accusations around the forest with a piercing gaze and an accusingly pointed wing. "It was you! You whacked Perry with your wicked wings!" he tells a shocked duck, before moving on to a new suspect. Readers will note, however, that all of the animals seem to be trying to tell Whobert something, and that Perry is both very alive and very annoyed. Belgian artist Pauwel's exaggerated drawings, the assured comic rhythms of the storytelling, and a facepalm-worthy ending (which turns on Whobert's cluelessness and Perry's characteristic possum behavior ) make this a satisfying and rousingly silly read-aloud. Ages 4 6. Author's agent: Tricia Lawrence, Erin Murphy Literary. Illustrator's agent: Alli Brydon, Bright Group.