Wednesday, April 8, 2015

WILD & WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: Pipsie, Nature Detective by Rick DeDonato


Pipsie loves everything wild—from dragonflies to oceans to tall, tall trees. She also loves solving mysteries. That’s why she’s a nature detective! When she and her turtle, Alfred, notice that their new friend, Frannie the caterpillar, has vanished, Pipsie is on the case. She grabs her magnifying glass, goes to her tree-house headquarters, and begins to search for clues. It’s time to make this mystery history!

Bursting with personality, this engaging story introduces a spunky new girl detective, a scooter-driving turtle who loves to eat, and a string of simple scientific clues that will keep kids turning the pages until the mystery is solved. Two pages of nature fun facts at the end of the story offer even more information for young nature detectives.

Check out for games and coloring, fun facts, more details about Pipsie and her friends, and info about the author and illustrator. There’s also a link to Alfred Z. Turtle’s blog!


Rick DeDonato started writing and drawing storybooks for his two kids, Alexis and Matt, when they were little. They’re grown now, but Rick is still creating stories! When he’s not dreaming up adventures for Pipsie, he’s an award-winning creative director in advertising. Born in New Jersey, he now lives in Wilmington, Delaware, with Nancy McAleer; their two dogs, Tugger and Nacho; and their turtle, Alfred E. Turtle!

Tracy Bishop won an art contest in kindergarten, and she’s been creating art ever since. A graduate of San Jose State University, she is also the illustrator of Not the Quitting Kind by Sarra J. Roth. She lives in San Jose, California, where she is inspired on a daily basis by her son, husband, and a hairy dog named Harry.


What happened to Frannie the caterpillar?  That is the mystery that Pipsie, nature detective and her friend Alfred the turtle set out to solve. After searching all around the yard and house they find a clue: a chewed up leaf.  This leaf leads them to a bug expert at the local zoo who tells them what to look for in order to find Frannie.  This book makes a nice companion to a nonfiction book on monarch butterflies since it blends fact and fiction.  The illustrations are adorable and make the book bright and appealing.


One lucky winner will receive a copy of PIPSIE, NATURE DETECTIVE (U.S. addresses).

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