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Just what kind of monkey business has befallen Mr. Hound's shop? Luckily, our team of plucky detectives has been chomping at the bit to take on their first case. When Mr. Hound hires them to investigate, they hoof it to his shop. And once they get sleuthing, wild horses couldn't drag them away from the scent of a clue. But is it all just a dog and pony show to distract the Just what kind of monkey business has befallen Mr. Hound's shop? Luckily, our team of plucky detectives has been chomping at the bit to take on their first case. When Mr. Hound hires them to investigate, they hoof it to his shop. And once they get sleuthing, wild horses couldn't drag them away from the scent of a clue. But is it all just a dog and pony show to distract them from the truth? Idioms are everywhere in this hilarious first case of the Gumshoe Zoo detective agency. This introduction to graphic novels will delight early readers with a zany wordplay whodunnit as the detectives manage to keep a straight face, collar some suspects, and solve a mystery, all while avoiding beating a dead—never mind.


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Just what kind of monkey business has befallen Mr. Hound's shop? Luckily, our team of plucky detectives has been chomping at the bit to take on their first case. When Mr. Hound hires them to investigate, they hoof it to his shop. And once they get sleuthing, wild horses couldn't drag them away from the scent of a clue. But is it all just a dog and pony show to distract the Just what kind of monkey business has befallen Mr. Hound's shop? Luckily, our team of plucky detectives has been chomping at the bit to take on their first case. When Mr. Hound hires them to investigate, they hoof it to his shop. And once they get sleuthing, wild horses couldn't drag them away from the scent of a clue. But is it all just a dog and pony show to distract them from the truth? Idioms are everywhere in this hilarious first case of the Gumshoe Zoo detective agency. This introduction to graphic novels will delight early readers with a zany wordplay whodunnit as the detectives manage to keep a straight face, collar some suspects, and solve a mystery, all while avoiding beating a dead—never mind.

30 review for Fowl Play: A Mystery Told in Idioms! (Detective Books for Kids, Funny Children's Books)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    As an adult I found these idioms fun and humorous, but little ones might tire of the gimmick far before the story closes. A cute concept but perhaps a little too heavy handed and not enough story travel.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Flanagin

    Very witty and punny (sorry). I don't think many kids will understand it though but I enjoyed it. Very witty and punny (sorry). I don't think many kids will understand it though but I enjoyed it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Makenzie F

    This book is amazing!! It is a hilarious story that uses almost nothing but a bunch of idioms. This book is about a group of animals that are detectives. One day they get a call about a grocery story that was broken in too. To solve the case the animals come together saying different ways of the case being corrupt. This leads to the Dog, Mr. Hound, who is the owner of the store being arrested for trying to commit insurance fraud. The illustrations are fun and colorful. The simplicity of the all This book is amazing!! It is a hilarious story that uses almost nothing but a bunch of idioms. This book is about a group of animals that are detectives. One day they get a call about a grocery story that was broken in too. To solve the case the animals come together saying different ways of the case being corrupt. This leads to the Dog, Mr. Hound, who is the owner of the store being arrested for trying to commit insurance fraud. The illustrations are fun and colorful. The simplicity of the all the details allow the main events in each story broad to really stand out. This book would be great book for older students. I would use this book specifically for 5th grade and it would be a great book to introduce students to idioms.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Woody Chichester

    What a fun book to help kids understand idioms! Someone has to solve the case of "Who broke Mr. Hound's Window" and the Gumshoe Zoo detective agency is on the case in this clever whodunit- chock full of idioms. Fun to read aloud, and there is even an explanation guide on the last pages. Plus, it sets up for a sequel...about oxymorons! What a fun book to help kids understand idioms! Someone has to solve the case of "Who broke Mr. Hound's Window" and the Gumshoe Zoo detective agency is on the case in this clever whodunit- chock full of idioms. Fun to read aloud, and there is even an explanation guide on the last pages. Plus, it sets up for a sequel...about oxymorons!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jj

    Idioms! If you love wordplay and idioms, you will very likely enjoy this book. If not, you may find it corny and pointless. There's plenty of fun to be had here with language and illustrations... it would be great to use in a classroom. Idioms! If you love wordplay and idioms, you will very likely enjoy this book. If not, you may find it corny and pointless. There's plenty of fun to be had here with language and illustrations... it would be great to use in a classroom.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Donna Mork

    This was a fun book to read. Every page turn was another idiom. The back matter was excellent at explaining what idioms were and giving lots of examples. I'm a big fan of idioms and this was a fun, enjoyable read. This was a fun book to read. Every page turn was another idiom. The back matter was excellent at explaining what idioms were and giving lots of examples. I'm a big fan of idioms and this was a fun, enjoyable read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Willis

    This story not only deals with the case of the broken window, but also shows the use of idioms in language. This is a fun story to use to teach students about play on words, as well as everyone working together to solve a mystery.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Brett

    Gah, so freaking clever!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I love the use of idioms and puns and this book was full of it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kolbe Bales

    I'm not a huge graphic novel fan so this picture/graphic didn't really appeal to me. At times I had trouble following the pictures but loved who the victim was! I'm not a huge graphic novel fan so this picture/graphic didn't really appeal to me. At times I had trouble following the pictures but loved who the victim was!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Clara McIntosh

    This book was cute and would be great to talk about idioms and figurative language.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Savannah Burkhalter

    This is a cute little book for a read aloud. The students will find this book funny. I would have this book in my classroom library.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Madi Ekholm

    comic style, book for learning about Idiom’s, its a detective book, easy book to read, probaby first or second grade, kinda cute kinda boring kinda stupid, reminds me of tv shows i watched at that age, most text in word bubbles

  14. 5 out of 5

    Casey

    Meh. This book is about idioms. I think the author means well. My big issue is when he talks abput something "fishy" going on, the fish character looked like a chicken to me so it made no sense at all. This happens continuously in his book. None of the characters look like the animals they are supposed to portray, so I would think instead of learning about idioms, kids would just get confused! I know I certainly did. If Nichol's were to redo all the pictures so there is no confusion, it could be Meh. This book is about idioms. I think the author means well. My big issue is when he talks abput something "fishy" going on, the fish character looked like a chicken to me so it made no sense at all. This happens continuously in his book. None of the characters look like the animals they are supposed to portray, so I would think instead of learning about idioms, kids would just get confused! I know I certainly did. If Nichol's were to redo all the pictures so there is no confusion, it could be a helpful book to help kids understand idioms. As it stands, leave this on the shelf, and find a better book to teach idioms. So sad,

  15. 4 out of 5

    Breanna Borunda

    There is a very sticky situation that occurred at Mr. Hound's grocery store. He came in to the store and seen that his front window is shattered. He has no idea who it might be, and decides to seek out help. So he calls in a group of detectives to help him solve the case. They go on to find lots of clues, and come to realize the suspect is closer than they think. This is a fictional graphic novel, that will leave you full of laughter. This story is full of characters using idioms that make it There is a very sticky situation that occurred at Mr. Hound's grocery store. He came in to the store and seen that his front window is shattered. He has no idea who it might be, and decides to seek out help. So he calls in a group of detectives to help him solve the case. They go on to find lots of clues, and come to realize the suspect is closer than they think. This is a fictional graphic novel, that will leave you full of laughter. This story is full of characters using idioms that make it more fun to read. The word bubbles are all circles which shows the dry humor in the text. The individual panels are different sizes, where the larger ones are showing bigger things happening in the story. Although the idioms were enjoyable for me, they might be a little hard for children to understand. Therefore, this can be very helpful for children to start learning and understanding what idioms are.

  16. 5 out of 5

    America Grelinger

    Thanks to Chronicle Book for sending me a preview copy! Ah-Mazing! The first time I told my son to stop his monkey business, he instantly stopped what he was doing and matter-of-factly told me, "Mom, I am NOT a monkey." Outta the mouths of babes! Idioms are difficult to teach because they are not literal and in his newest book, Fowl Play, Travis Nichols has created an awesome book to teach my little monkey the differences between the literal and the figurative. See my full review at BooksandWhatn Thanks to Chronicle Book for sending me a preview copy! Ah-Mazing! The first time I told my son to stop his monkey business, he instantly stopped what he was doing and matter-of-factly told me, "Mom, I am NOT a monkey." Outta the mouths of babes! Idioms are difficult to teach because they are not literal and in his newest book, Fowl Play, Travis Nichols has created an awesome book to teach my little monkey the differences between the literal and the figurative. See my full review at BooksandWhatnot.com

  17. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    A group of animal detectives solves a crime at Mr. Hound's shop by clever deduction. What's charming here is the use of idioms throughout the book. But in this case, each idiom--for instance, "there's something fishy going on"--is offensive to one of the animal detectives. Word lovers will find this to be quite amusing, and the book might be ideal for sharing with someone just learning the English language. The illustrations, created in pencil on paper and then digitally colored, resemble the pa A group of animal detectives solves a crime at Mr. Hound's shop by clever deduction. What's charming here is the use of idioms throughout the book. But in this case, each idiom--for instance, "there's something fishy going on"--is offensive to one of the animal detectives. Word lovers will find this to be quite amusing, and the book might be ideal for sharing with someone just learning the English language. The illustrations, created in pencil on paper and then digitally colored, resemble the panels in a comic book, adding to the book's appeal for young readers.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Candace Hudson

    Cute way to introduce idioms to young students in a picture book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mary Luzader

    This "idiom-tastic" book is clever at times (see the page when the detectives are being introduced), but is often a little heavy handed. It didn't live up to my expectations, but overall, not a bad book. This "idiom-tastic" book is clever at times (see the page when the detectives are being introduced), but is often a little heavy handed. It didn't live up to my expectations, but overall, not a bad book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    The Gumshoe Zoo Detective Agency takes the case of the broken window. This beginning comic/ picture book is infused with idioms making it a good teaching point although they are really forced. Gr. 2-3

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dorcas

    Fun for younger kids to learn about popular (particularly animal focused) idioms. I do feel like these kids would need to be a little familiar with the meanings, otherwise these jokes will just go over their heads.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    3.5 stars. A quick read and one that reads more like a graphic novel than a pciture book. Chock full of idioms that would be interesting to explain to an older child. You forget how often and how easily we use idioms, which would be confusing to a child or a non-English speaker. A fun read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Karen Rose Ginman

    The Gumshoe Zoo Detective Agency takes the case of the broken window. Nichols infuses the dialogue with playful idioms. This is an ESOL teacher's dream book to pair with a lesson on idioms. The Gumshoe Zoo Detective Agency takes the case of the broken window. Nichols infuses the dialogue with playful idioms. This is an ESOL teacher's dream book to pair with a lesson on idioms.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)

    focus on idioms in a graphic novel style

  25. 4 out of 5

    Karin

    Uhhh, well, I'm torn. I loved the idioms! But, the story "crime" wasn't very good. It seems like the next one will be using oxymorons to tell the story. I'd like to see that. Uhhh, well, I'm torn. I loved the idioms! But, the story "crime" wasn't very good. It seems like the next one will be using oxymorons to tell the story. I'd like to see that.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    This fun book of idioms will tickle parents and kids alike!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    This would serve as a good introduction to graphic novels for students, as well as idioms. Full color naive cartoons help the story. Explanations of each idiom used are provided at the end.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kate Hastings

    Grades 2-5. Comic-book style illustrations play with animal idioms while solving a mystery. Good for 4th/5th grade classrooms studying figurative language.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Schreiber

    Fun graphic novel mystery for early readers told almost entirely in idioms.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shandra

    I enjoyed the word play, but I felt like it would go over most kids' heads, at least the ages that I usually do storytimes for - elementary school-aged kids would get much more of the humor. I enjoyed the word play, but I felt like it would go over most kids' heads, at least the ages that I usually do storytimes for - elementary school-aged kids would get much more of the humor.

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