A crime had been committed. Diva sauntered in the kitchen and plopped down on the area rug. She laid down her head with sleepy looking eyes. Then a large shadow of black and white raced through the room carrying a chew toy. Traces of green on the floor caught our attention. Following the path we found bits and pieces of a chewed marker scattered in the family room. Stains splots of green were here and there. “Wrigs! Get in here. Did you chew this marker? The marker had been on the computer desk. “Don’t tell me you pulled it down and proceeded to chew it on the carpet?” Please try to stay out of trouble for a few minutes.” We escort Wrigs back to the kitchen. “Diva, what is that on your paws? Did you walk in the mess that Wrigs made? Sarah leans down to give a little love pat to sweet rule following Diva. “Diva, What is that on your chin? Open your mouth. Diva, your tongue is green.” Uh-oh. We accused the wrong suspect. Green marker crime is solved.
Besides giving readers a key for understanding text, making inferences engages readers. Engaged readers are reading scene investigators as they collect evidence left by the author’s pen and what is written between the lines. Background knowledge and text clues add up to smart inferences.
From the review: Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. Or–as his brother Detective Joe Dumpty thinks–was he pushed? This case isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Suspects are plenty (as are the puns) in this scrambled story of nursery rhyme noir. Was it Little Miss Muffet? There’s something not right about her tuffet. Or could it have been Chicken Little, who’s always been a little cagey? Or was it the Big Bad Wolf, who’s got a rap sheet as long as a moonless night? Joe’s on the beat and determined to find the truth.