Miss Muffet is missing . . . and Detective Blue is on the case!
"Today started like any other day. The dish ran away with the spoon."
Little Boy Blue is all grown up, and he's a detective working to find Miss Muffet. Join in the fun as Detective Blue tries to crack the case with the help of his nursery rhyme friends. The fun is never-ending as Detective Blue interrogates grown-up nursery rhyme characters in order to solve the Missing Muffet Mystery. Kids, parents, and teachers can find a list of referenced nursery rhymes and go back into the story to find the characters.
About the Author
Steve Metzger is the bestselling author of over sixty children’s books, including the Dinofours series, WHEN THE LEAF BLEW IN, and FIVE LITTLE SHARKS SWIMMING IN THE SEA. Steve lives in New York with his family.
Tedd Arnold is the author and illustrator of the bestselling Fly Guy series and the illustrator of more than 60 books, including DETECTIVE BLUE. He has received Theodor Seuss Geisel Honors for HI! FLY GUY and I SPY FLY GUY! Tedd lives with his wife, Carol, in upstate New York.
If you grew up in the ’50s and ’60s like I did, it would have been hard to escape that four-note introduction to the theme music of Dragnet, a popular TV show. These four beats were as instantly recognizable as the talking style of the show’s main character, Joe Friday, a crime-fighting detective. “Just the facts, ma’am” was Detective Friday’s catchphrase, which he often delivered in a deadpan manner to witnesses who didn’t get to the point fast enough. Although I enjoyed Dragnet, it was the comic take-offs based on the always-serious main character that I really loved. From skits on the Johnny Carson show to Stan Freberg’s records, Detective Friday was such an easy target for parody and humor. Years later, when searching for my next picture book idea, Detective Joe Friday popped into my mind. But, what should I do with him? What if there was a mystery (“Miss Muffet is missing!”) and some familiar nursery rhyme characters were “the usual suspects”? And Detective Friday? He’d be Detective Blue—Little Boy Blue all grown up. Now, who would be the person to draw all this silliness? I must admit I was extremely lucky when Tedd Arnold agreed to be the illustrator of Detective Blue. From his hilarious No More Jumping on the Bed to the award-winning Fly Guy series, he has been (and continues to be) a brilliant and unique contributor to the world of children’s literature. I have never worked with a collaborator who was so involved in the process of creating a picture book as Tedd. Besides drawing wonderfully funny illustrations (with clever additions throughout), he was always thinking of ways to make the story more compelling. I hope that you enjoy revisiting Humpty Dumpty, Little Bo Peep, Jack Sprat, and some of your other favorite nursery rhyme characters. And if Detective Blue stops to ask you a question or two about some mysterious events in Mother Goose Land, please remember…just the facts! Happy Reading! Steve Metzger SCHOLASTIC™