“The Case of the Missing Donut” by Alison McGhee and illustrated by Isabel Roxas is a story that will be loved by everyone who has done something wrong and wondered if the guilt was written on his or her face.
In this light-hearted story, the crime is a minor one. The theft of a donut is not something that is often noticed, yet everyone in town seems to be aware that the town “sheriff,” a boy with a yellow star taped on his cowboy hat, has eaten one of the dozen donuts he was bringing home.
The sheriff and his deputy, his trusty dog, arrive home with the donuts. Even his parents ask him about the missing donut -- and they seem to suspect something. “Sheriff, would you happen to have any information about this case?”
The ending is clever -- and the “case” that is solved in the end is not really the “Case of the Missing Donut” but something else entirely.
Teachers reading this aloud will be sure to point out clues that the illustrator gives along the way (only after the ending, of course). This picture book is a great read-aloud for the classroom (preschool through 2nd grade). It’s perfect for discussions about honesty and responsibility, too.
Higher level questions include: What “case” was closed at the end?
Please note: This review is based on the folded and gathered picture book provided by the publisher, Dial Books for Young Readers, for review purposes.
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