The Strange Disappearance of Arthur Cluck
Nathaniel Benchley ~ Arnold Lobel ~ Harper & Row, 1967
Perhaps even more amazing than the I Can Read and I Can Read Science sets is the I Can Read Mystery series. Lots of these were written by the awesome Nathaniel (son of Robert, the Algonquin Round Table humorist and father of Peter, the creator of JAWS), and still hold up rather well. However, most famous in the series are the beloved Big Max books penned by Kin Platt and illustrated by Robert Lopshire. But back to Cluck...
Arthur Cluck was a very young chicken. His mother, Mrs. Cluck, loved him dearly. She did everything she could to make him happy. She even let him ride on her head, which is unusual for a chicken. One morning she awoke and started to get breakfast and found to her horror that Arthur was gone!
Ah, yes... The story of a little chick who goes missing and the owl who saves the day. Good stuff, friends, brought to impeccable life by the sweet strokes of Mr. Lobel's hand. Perfect for little minds that enjoy figuring things out.
Any "I Can Read" anything is 6 X 8 1/2 inches of pure joy, and Lobel's endearing illustrations always add to the awesome. Bock, bock!
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Red Tag Comes Back
The Ice-Cream Cone Coot
The Star Thief
Prince Bertram the Bad
The Secret Three
Martha the Movie Mouse
Terry and the Caterpillars
A Ghost Named Fred
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