Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: James Preller
Illustrator: Jamie Smith, R.W. Alley
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Jigsaw Jones is an amazing detective. That’s why Cassandra has sought out Jigsaw to solve a case. It turns out, there’s a fluorescent ghost that has been seen at their school on Tuesday nights during the “witching hour.” Jigsaw and his business partner, Mila, are intrigued, to say the least, and start questioning any student they can. Interestingly enough, other children have seen the glow-in-the-dark ghost as well. Then, during class, Jigsaw discovers glowing footprints in the classroom. As the clues start piling up, Jigsaw is forced to confront the ghost himself. As always, he solves the mystery and puts the ghost rumors to rest.
If your child loves a gripping mystery, look no further. This book is great for lovers of Encyclopedia Brown and Nate the Great. Jigsaw Jones is well written for early chapter book readers. The vocabulary, length of the story, and complexity of the plot were impeccable and thoroughly researched. Jamie Smith illustrated the book, and the art is plentiful and descriptive enough to supplement the reading comprehension. This book (and the Jigsaw Jones series, in general) are a staple addition to any children’s library.