The Adventures of Joe Joe Nut and Biscuit Bill

The Adventures of Joe Joe Nut and Biscuit Bill

Case #3: The Case of the Missing Arch

Children - Grade 4th-6th
138 Pages
Reviewed on 01/12/2014
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Author Biography

Renee Hand is a multi award-winning author and requested speaker on the topic of using fun fiction to teach science, geography and history. Let her show librarians, educators, and parents how using her books can not only challenge readers and the way they think about problems in real life, but she creates high interest topics that suck the reader into her stories encouraging them into wanting to know more about the settings, science, history, culture and people. Skills like reading comprehension, reasoning, deduction and observation come together in a myriad of ways.

In her Crypto-Caper Series children get to solve puzzles and cryptograms that are woven strategically inside of the story for the reader to find and solve inside of the books. Each book provides the reader with what they will need to solve the case, providing them with the knowledge and new skills that will help them succeed.

In her Joe-Joe Nut Series, Renee expertly combines the love of a good mystery with science using the topics of animal tracks, rocks and minerals, as well as weathering, erosion, and art. These books can supplement a curriculum in any classroom. The books also contain extra information like experiments, terminology of the topic, charts, and much more. All books are interactive and fun.

Renee is a maverick in writing children's interactive mysteries, combining elements while teaching children to believe in themselves and providing confidence to handle life's challenges.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Eileen Johnson for Readers' Favorite

The Adventures of Joe-Joe Nut and Biscuit Bill Case#3: The Case of the Missing Arch by Renee Hand opens with Dr. Cedric E. Meant (Dr. Ced), a world-renowned researcher on erosion, giving a lecture about erosion. As the lecture ends, Dr. Ced discovers that his special research has been stolen from his briefcase. At the same time, teacher Camille Chameleon notices strange happenings at the school where an art auction is to take place. The work of four major artists is temporarily stored in the school in anticipation of the auction. As strangers roam the school, Camille becomes more and more concerned with the security of the paintings that will be auctioned. She calls on her detective friends, Biscuit Bill and Joe-Joe Nut, to help her figure out what is going on – and to prevent any problems before or during the auction. And so the mystery begins!

The Adventures of Joe-Joe Nut and Biscuit Bill is a delightful chapter book mystery aimed at older elementary children. The all-animal cast of characters with creative names like Rainstar, Lily Lincoln, Zorro Zebra, Georgia O’Giraffe, Vincent van Goat, Claude Monet Mongoose, and Pablo Picasso Peacock participate in the mystery and deliver educational and environmental ‘lessons’ that combine to move the story forward as Biscuit Bill and Joe-Joe Nut work to unravel the mystery of the missing research and paintings. The graphics that accompany the text are very well done; however, the artist was not identified in the book that I had. One of the most unique aspects of the book was the information found at the end of the story. These end-pieces included information about the human artists that were the models for the artists in the book: Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O’Keefe, and Claude Monet. There is also information about weather and several weather experiments that can be conducted in the classroom. This is a wonderful book for older elementary children – highly recommended!