Jigsaw Jones: The Case of the Disappearing Dinosaur

Book Information
Rating: Dependable
Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: James Preller
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Year: 2002
ISBN: 9780756934347
Pages: 96

Jigsaw Jones and his partner Mila solve two mysteries in The Case of the Disappearing Dinosaur. First, a kindhearted boy finds a purse full of money and enlists Jigsaw Jones to help him find the owner. Using only a ticket stub and a grocery list, Jigsaw and Mila are able to find the owner: Bigs Maloney's busy and overworked mother. She is extremely grateful and invites them all to Bigs's birthday party. There, an amateur magician provides some of the party's entertainment. Her first few tricks go over well with the audience, but then she tries to make Bigs's favorite toy dinosaur disappear and the trick goes a little too well. The dinosaur actually disappears and the poor magician doesn't know where it went. Jigsaw once again comes to the rescue and finds the toy dinosaur in the overalls of one of Bigs's twin baby brothers.

Jigsaw Jones is a dependable book for young readers and is a great way to ease into chapter books. The double mystery in this book gives the reader a feeling of extra accomplishment as it feels like reading two books in one. This could be very motivating for an emerging or struggling reader. The mysteries are both very realistic. They are occurrences that kids might actually face, and most kids would have some schema and be able to connect with many of the scenes in the book, which also serves to make it more accessible. The book has a definitive narrating style and is very clear and concise for the most part, but with plenty of humorous quips to keep the reader entertained the entire time. Overall, Jigsaw Jones makes for a classic children's mystery novel.