Beginning readers are introduced to the detective mystery genre in these chapter books. Perfect for the Common Core, kids can problem-solve with Nate, using logical thinking to solve mysteries Somebody has been raiding Oliver's garbage can each night. How can Nate narrow the long list of suspects down to one? Nate the Great might just have to go under cover . . . under cover of the garbage can lid, that is Check out the Fun Activities section in the back of the book Visit Nate the Great and Sludge NatetheGreatBooks.com * Marc Simont's charcoal and pastel illustrations provide the perfect backdrop for this clever case. -- School Library Journal, Starred First graders' favorite private eye solves the case of Oliver's scattered garbage in those short, easy sentences that Sharmat transforms into crisp, tough-guy humor. -- Kirkus Reviews ( A Kirkus Reviews Editor's Choice )
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Nate the Great has his first night case! Detective work is not fun and games, Nate explains. Detective work is dirty garbage cans instead of clean beds. Detective work is banana peels, dishrags, milk cartons, floor sweepings, cigar ashes, fleas, and me... It's a tough case. Somebody is raiding Oliver's garbage can each night, but who? The list of suspects is long--Rosamond and Esmeralda, the girls down the street; Rosamond's cats; and all the shrews, moles skunks, birds, and racoons in the neighborhood. Nate courageousely encounters a skunk (nose first) and a telephone pole (head on), but not until he goes under cover of the garbage-can lid does he narrow the suspects down to one.