When Alberta gets a non-birthday card and letter from her cousin Coco, the Police Chief in a city of Buenos Aires she decides the best thing to do, after figuring out just what his letter meant, was to go and visit him. She packs her few things and sets off to Argentina.
When she gets there she finds her cousin in disguise and very, very, afraid: but of what!
And so the new adventure begins, of course in a grave yard just to add a little bit of haunting to the mystery. It seems that there is a particular tombstone in the grave yard that talks! That’s right it talks and is not only scaring the Police Chief but also the people who go there.
Alberta decides this is indeed somewhat unusual and in her very practical manner sets about trying to find out just what is going on.
This is a spooky detective story with real clues and puzzles dotted throughout the chapters to help all would be or ‘gunna’ be detectives, try to solve the mystery of the talkative tombstone.
The illustrations by Terry Denton fit the case perfectly and add that little bit of mystery to the tale as well a little ghoulishness that all lovers of a good mystery really enjoy.
There is a glossary of terms (Spanish of course) in the back as well as section on the clues just in case you need a little help in figuring out what they are all talking about, and if not it is a great place to add a few more words, Spanish of course to your vocabulary, while still solving the mystery.
A great fun read for younger readers and will make an excellent ‘chapter book’ gift for the 6 – 8 year olds in your life.
|Author||Ursula Dubosarsky, illustrated by Terry Denton|
|Publisher||Allen & Unwin Childrens|