A holiday whodunit for kids, this story solves the mystery of who stole Tallie’s sparkly, twinkling, candy cane Christmas lights. Tallie first suspects the thief is the mailman, and then infers it could be her slobbery pup, Fuego. She soon learns, however, that neither is the culprit! To find out who swiped her lights, Tallie dons her spy gear—her ski hat, pink sunglasses, magnifying glass, and spy blanket—and sets off to solve the mystery.
After sneaking by Mom—thanks to the powers of her spy blanket—and examining the thief’s footprints in the snow, Tallie sets a trap. When the thief comes for Tallie’s new playhouse decorations, he’s in for a surprise—waiting by the window is one super sneaky spy. Tallie and Fuego dash after the thief as he drags the decorations through the snow. Upon reaching his nearby home, they discover the thief’s great decorating taste, which Tallie cannot bear to ruin. Instead, she gets a super spy idea and strikes a deal to get her glowing candy canes back. After all, the holidays are the season for giving, aren’t they?
About the Author
Elaine Pease, a former journalist and advertising executive, is the author of several children’s books. She enjoys teaching writing workshops in her spare time and serves as a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the American Library Association. Her accolades include first place in the 2011 EVVY Awards for Juvenile Fiction and a National Writers Association award. Pease resides in Boulder, Colorado.
About the Illustrator
Anna-Maria L. Crum is an illustrator, freelance writer, and designer. Born in Pasadena, California, she is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and serves on the board for the Picture Book Artists Association. She has twice been named a finalist for the Colorado Book Awards.
TALLIE’S CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SURPRISE!
By Elaine Pease
Illustrated by Anna-Maria L. Crum
JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent
JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play
JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11