Bestselling Mysteries & Detectives Books for 3 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 bestselling mysteries & detectives books for 3 year olds. Please click Read Review to read book reviews on Amazon. You can also click Find in Library to check book availability at your local library. If the default library is not correct, please follow Change Local Library to reset it.

1. Sherlock Holmes in the Hound of the Baskervilles: A BabyLit® Sounds Primer

by: Jennifer AdamsAlison Oliver
Release date: Sep 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 22
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Delight your little one with the sounds and sights of a mysterious night in Sherlock Holmes in the Hound of Baskervilles: A BabyLit Sounds Primer. Alison Oliver’s bold illustrations correspond with Jennifer Adams’ clever, simple text to create pairings little bibliophiles will love to have read to them, such as “hounds howl,” “gates screech,” and “stairs creak.”

JENNIFER ADAMS is the author of more than 30 books, including board books in the best-selling BabyLit series which introduce young children to the world of classic literature. Jennifer works as a writer and editor in Salt Lake City, Utah. Visit her website at jennifer-adams.com.

Alison Oliver runs Sugar design studio. Alison’s design portfolio includes everything from logos to packaging and product design for clients such as Chronicle Books, Citibabes, and Aerie, as well as Gibbs Smith. She lives in New York.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Boys & Men

2. Who What Where?

by: Olivier Tallec
Release date: Sep 06, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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In this charming follow-up to 2015’s hit Who Done It?, each page asks the reader a question about the lineup of characters featured on the spread. Sharp eyes and keen observation are necessary. There’s only one right answer, and it’s not always easy! Kids will love learning early concepts like expressions and positions as a natural consequence of their hunt for clues in the details of the lineup. It’s a book for all audiences: the seek-and-find call to action of every page makes Who What Where? a wonderful lap or parent read, while the whimsical art, distinctive horizontal format, and hip exposed board ensures this book will be equally appealing as coffee table décor.
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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books

3. The Cookie Thief Girl Scout Mystery (Girl Scouts)

by: Carole Marsh
Release date: Apr 15, 2016
Number of Pages: 158
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One kooky cookie factory! One delivery truck! One slimy rat! And lots of cookies! Equals one delicious adventure! It’s Girl Scout Cookie sale time for Avery, Ella and their friends Kate and Annie. The girls even get a chance to tour a new bakery where cookies are made! But when the girls see a mysterious mix-up at the cookie factory… and notice some of their cookie boxes are missing… and get caught in a dark delivery truck… a mystery really starts cooking! Who is the cookie thief, anyway? And why?? Tag along with foursome as they try to make sense of this tasty cookie case!

Tagalong as the Girl Scout foursome tries to make sense of the cookie case while staying ahead of a determined pursuer.

This mystery incorporates history, geography, culture and more! Fun activities, built-in book club and SAT words are in each book. This Carole Marsh Mysteries will be assigned an Accelerated Reader reading levels, points and quiz numbers, Lexile Measures, Fountas & Pinnell levels and a Developmental Reading Assessment.

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Children’s Books > Mysteries & Detectives

4. Zootopia Big Golden Book (Disney Zootopia)

by: RH DisneyBill ScollonRH Disney
Release date: Jan 19, 2016
Number of Pages: 64
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The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde, to solve the mystery. Boys and girls ages 3 to 7 will love this beautifully illustrated hardcover Big Golden Book based on Disney Zootopia, in theaters on March 4, 2016.
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Children’s Books > Animals

5. Alphabet Mystery

by: Audrey WoodBruce Wood
Release date: Sep 01, 2003
Number of Pages: 40
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Engaging alphabet books are perennial bestsellers with unlimited demand. As in their previous collaboration, the Woods bring lower-case letters to life in a fun adventure. Little x has left, upset he’s hardly used, and the other letters set out to find him. They find x playing the castle xylophone for the mysterious Master, capital M, who threatens to turn them into alphabet soup! Some quick thinking by Little x saves the day, and soon they are all on their way home–just in time to make Mom’s birthday surprise: a cake with Little x all over. He’s the only one who stands for kisses!

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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

6. Blacksad: A Silent Hell

by: Juan Diaz CanalesVarious
Release date: Jul 24, 2012
Number of Pages: 112
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Detective John Blacksad returns, with a new case that takes him to a 1950s New Orleans filled with hot jazz and cold-blooded murder! Hired to discover the fate of a celebrated pianist, Blacksad finds his most dangerous mystery yet in the midst of drugs, voodoo, the rollicking atmosphere of Mardi Gras, and the dark underbelly that it hides!

* Features an extensive making-of section, with tons of prelim sketches and watercolor studies.

* 2011 Eisner and Harvey Award-winner!

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Children’s Books

7. World of Reading: Minnie The Case of the Missing Sparkle-izer: Level Pre-1

by: Disney Book GroupBill ScollonDisney Storybook Art Team
Release date: Oct 08, 2013
Number of Pages: 32
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Who’s been using Minnie’s new-fangled Sparkle-izer? When Minnie needs it to decorate her customers’ bows, the Super Sparkle-izer turns up missing! It’s up to Millie and Melody to solve the mystifying mystery! Minnie’s nieces are on the fun, wacky case busily turning the Bow-tique upside-down! In this Level Pre-1 Reader with picture reading, word repetition and short, simple sentences, children will enjoy this Minnie and friends story on their own.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life

8. Meg Mackintosh and the Mystery at Red Herring Beach: A Solve-It-Yourself Mystery (Meg Mackintosh Mystery series)

by: Lucinda Landon
Release date: Sep 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 48
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In the 10th mystery in this series, Meg Mackintosh spends an afternoon at Red Herring Beach with her grandfather. After going for a swim, and after several suspicious characters come in and out of the beach area, Meg’s grandfather realizes that his gold watch has gone missing. Meg tackles this mystery with her cousin Maxwell as they search for clues and are led off the track by some red herrings, all adding to the mystery. Clues can be found in the illustrations and questions are posed to the reader to help them solve the case with Meg and Max.

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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

9. The Berenstain Bears and the Missing Dinosaur Bone

by: Stan BerenstainJan Berenstain
Release date: Mar 12, 1980
Number of Pages: 40
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Stan and Jan Berenstain invite readers to help solve a mystery in this beloved Beginner Book. When a dinosaur bone goes missing from the Bear Museum, it’s up to the Berenstain Bears to help crack the case. From the Mummy Room to the Hall of Famous Bears, the detectives seek every possible hiding place. Can Brother and Sister Bear find the culprit in time for the museum’s grand opening?

Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Bears

10. Madeline and the Old House in Paris

by: John Bemelmans Marciano
Release date: Oct 08, 2013
Number of Pages: 48
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Madeline and her favorite companion in mischief, Pepito, embark on their wildest adventure yet. When ghostly moans lead them to the attic of the old house in Paris, they discover Felix de La Morte, who has lingered there for hundreds of years, waiting for the return of a certain comet. With the comet due to return the very next day, the poor fellow’s telescope has been stolen by mean Lord Cucuface, and it is up to Madeline and Pepito to get it back. A nighttime trip across Paris, a midnight apparition, and all is happily resolved in time for the three new friends to view the comet on a starry night.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Orphans & Foster Homes

11. Big Trouble in Little Rodentia (Disney Zootopia) (Pictureback(R))

by: RH DisneyRH Disney
Release date: Jan 19, 2016
Number of Pages: 24
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The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde, to solve the mystery. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Zootopia opens in theaters on March 4, 2016. This full-color storybook based on Disney Zootopia features press-out police tickets and badges!
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Children’s Books > Animals

12. Top Secret! (Barbie Spy Squad) (Pictureback(R))

by: Mary Man-Kong
Release date: Jan 05, 2016
Number of Pages: 16
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Children ages 3 to 7 will love this full-color storybook based on the latest BarbieTM movie, releasing in spring 2016. It includes press-out paper dolls and over 30 stickers to add to the fun!
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Girls & Women

13. William & the Missing Masterpiece

by: Helen HancocksHelen Hancocks
Release date: Apr 28, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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The Mona Cheesa painting is missing and only cat-detective William can solve the crime!

Debonair cat-detective William finds himself at the center of a mysterious theft when the Mona Cheesa is stolen from a Parisian gallery. Can William put the clues together and solve the crime? Fans of Helen Hancocks’s Penguin in Peril won’t be disappointed in this hilarious tale of cat and mouse.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Cats

14. World of Reading: Sheriff Callie’s Wild West Peck’s Trail Mix Mix-Up: Level Pre-1

by: Annie Auerbach
Release date: Mar 31, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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Peck’s favorite trail mix is slowly disappearing throughout the day! Help him catch the trail mix thief in this Level Pre-1 reader!
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Children’s Books > Animals

15. The Terrible Plop

by: Ursula DubosarskyAndrew Joyner
Release date: Aug 18, 2009
Number of Pages: 40
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In this uproarious update of a favorite story, an unexplained noise leads to pandemonium among the animals. The fox, the elephant, even the big brown bear prove no match for the Terrible Plop. Only the littlest bunny learns not to panic when the sky?or something else up there?is falling.

Bright, energetic illustrations and a lively rhyming text combine to make this a perfect read-aloud story for little ones needing assurance that plops in the day or bumps in the night aren’t as scary as they might seem.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Bears

16. Here Comes the Easter Cat

by: Deborah UnderwoodClaudia Rueda
Release date: Jan 28, 2014
Number of Pages: 80
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A cat with flair to spare, an Easter Bunny with a job to do, and a hilarious break from sticky-sweet Easter fare for fans of Patrick McDonnell and the Pigeon books by Mo Willems.

Why should the Easter Bunny get all the love? That’s what Cat would like to know. So he decides to take over: He dons his sparkly suit, jumps on his Harley, and roars off into the night. But it turns out delivering Easter eggs is hard work. And it doesn’t leave much time for naps (of which Cat has taken five–no, seven). So when a pooped-out Easter Bunny shows up, and with a treat for Cat, what will Cat do? His surprise solution will be stylish, smart, and even–yes–kind.

An homage to classic comic strips from the author of The Quiet Book and The Loud Book, this Easter treat has a bit of bite, a sweet center, and a satisfying finish—sure to inspire second helpings.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

17. The Berenstain Bears and the Missing Honey

by: Stan BerenstainJan Berenstain
Release date: Oct 12, 1987
Number of Pages: 32
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Come for a visit in Bear Country with this classic First Time Book® from Stan and Jan Berenstain. Someone has stolen Papa’s blackberry honey, and it’s up to Brother, Sister, and Cousin Fred –The Bear Detectives ­– to solve the case. This beloved story is full of fun and excitement for even the littlest of detectives. Includes over 50 bonus stickers!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Bears

18. Pansy in New York: The Mystery of the Missing Monkey (Pansy the Poodle Mystery Series)

by: Cynthia BardesVirginia Best
Release date: Oct 07, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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Pansy the poodle and her best friend Avery have solved mysteries all over the world. As a reward for their good deeds, they take a sightseeing trip to New York –where they stumble into a brand-new adventure. Morris, the famous talking monkey, has disappeared from the Central Park Zoo! Pansy and Avery must once again follow the clues, solve the mystery, and get Morris back to his friends and family.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Apes & Monkeys

19. Secret of the Green Engine (Thomas & Friends) (Step into Reading)

by: Rev. W. AwdryRichard Courtney
Release date: Jul 24, 2012
Number of Pages: 32
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Something strange is happening at the Blue Mountain Quarry, and Thomas the Tank Engine is digging for answers! Little boys and girls ages 3-6 will thrill to this Step 2 reader adventure based on the newest Thomas & Friends direct-to-DVD movie, Blue Mountain Mystery.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

20. The Missing Apple Mystery (Busytown Mysteries)

by: Ellie SeissStyle Guide
Release date: Jun 22, 2010
Number of Pages: 24
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There’s a giant wooden apple sign on the loose in Busytown and it’s rolling over everything in its path! Come along and help Huckle Cat and his friends figure out where the apple sign is headed next. Will they be able to stop this rotten apple from rolling away for good?
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

21. In a Pickle (Busytown Mysteries)

by: Natalie ShawStyle Guide
Release date: Jun 22, 2010
Number of Pages: 24
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In this storybook based on Richard Scarry’s Busytown Mysteries, Mr. Frumble can’t find his famous pickle car! Will Huckle Cat be able to help?
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Children’s Books > Animals

22. You Should, You Should

by: Ginny Tilby
Release date: Oct 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 32
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Hippo’s morning starts off good,
until friends say, “You should! You should!”
You should prance! You should sing!
Wear this hat! Stretch your wing!
Though Hippo wants to be a friend,
he wonders when the shoulds will end.

Hippo and friends will soon find out
that being yourself is what life’s about.

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Children’s Books > Animals

23. Who Broke the Teapot?!

by: Bill Slavin
Release date: Apr 26, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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Mom is very angry. Her very favorite teapot is broken, and no one is ‘fessing up. Was it Dad, sitting in his underwear reading the paper? Was it Cat, who was all tangled up in a ball of yarn? Was it Baby perched in his highchair? Or is there a surprising twist to this mystery that teaches Mom a little lesson in anger management? Bill Slavin takes a sly poke at parents in their less-than-finer moments in this funny and energetic story.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life

24. The Case of the Missing Donut

by: Alison McGheeIsabel Roxas
Release date: Jul 25, 2013
Number of Pages: 32
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“…this tale of doughnut perfidy takes the cake.” – The New York Times

The sheriff and his deputy dog have been charged with a mission: to bring a dozen donuts home safely. All seems to be going well until the young sheriff peeks inside the box to check on the tasty treats. They’re practically calling his name, and in the blink of an eye (and with just a few nibbles), a donut disappears! Wherever could that missing donut be? Luckily, this is one mystery the sheriff and his deputy are sure to bring to a close.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > United States > Westerns

25. Mystery Thief! (Peter Rabbit Animation)

by: Beatrix Potter
Release date: Oct 17, 2013
Number of Pages: 32
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Bringing the wit, humor, and magic of Beatrix Potter’s original world to a whole new generation of children, the Peter Rabbit TV tie-in program follows brave, mischievous Peter and his two friends–loyal and comical Benjamin and, the brand-new character, inquisitive and independent Lily–as they embark on adventures in the big wide world outdoors.

Peter and Benjamin steal some of Mr. McGregor’s radishes. Just barely escaping the garden, they find that no where is safe to eat their treats: not home, not Mrs. Tiggly-winkle’s laundry, not Squirrel Camp. And even worse–someone keeps stealing the radishes from them!

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Children’s Books > Animals > Rabbits

26. Who’s There on Halloween?

by: Susan Hagen NippPamela Conn BeallCharles Reasoner
Release date: Aug 25, 2003
Number of Pages: 18
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Who’s There On Halloween? encourages readers to play along and use the clues to name the holiday characters hidden inside. Featuring charming text by Pamela Conn Beall and Susan Hagen Nipp and adorable illustrations by Charles Reasoner, these two Halloween books are sure to delight and entertain.
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Children’s Books > Mysteries & Detectives

27. William Heads to Hollywood

by: Helen HancocksHelen Hancocks
Release date: Nov 01, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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An International Cat of Mystery’s life is never quiet!

Someone has stolen the Golden Cuckoo Awards from the famous Cuckoo film studios, and only William is debonair enough to schmooze the stars and gather clues. This time, he has some help from a lovely female feline. But will they manage to find the statues in time? Mischief, glamour, and romance await in this exciting sequel to William & the Missing Masterpiece!

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Children’s Books > Animals > Cats

28. Maurice Sendak’s Christmas Mystery

by: Maurice SendakMaurice Sendak
Release date: Oct 19, 1995
Number of Pages: 8
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Maurice Sendak’s Christmas Mystery comes in an elegant gift box, festively decorated with Sendak art. Inside, you will find a charming little picture book, chockablock with visual clues to help you solve the mystery. You’ll also find a jigsaw puzzle with 50 jumbo pieces. Put the puzzle together and the surprise solution to Sendak’s merry Christmas mystery will be revealed in all its glory.

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Children’s Books > Mysteries & Detectives

29. Pansy in Venice: The Mystery of the Missing Parrot (Pansy the Poodle Mystery Series)

by: Cynthia BardesVirginia Best
Release date: Oct 07, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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Pansy in Venice

In the third and most exotic Pansy tale, the little chocolate poodle and her best friend Avery are summoned to Venice, Italy, to help find a very important parrot. The beautiful bird, Penelope, is the cherished companion of the finest glass-blower in the city?and if he doesn’t get her back, he may never make another work of art. Traveling by speedboat, gondola, and their own six feet, Pansy and Avery follow a mysterious trail of ruby-tipped feathers all the way to a fancy costume ball. They solve the mystery, reunite Penelope and the glass-blower, and learn that loneliness can make people do naughty things, but good friends bring out the best in all of us.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

30. Sammy Feral’s Diaries of Weird: Vampire Attack

by: Eleanor HawkenJohn Kelly
Release date: Aug 04, 2015
Number of Pages: 256
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Eleanor Hawken worked as a children’s book editor for many years and was part of the team that established the Bath Festival of Children’s Literature. Her popular children’s series Sammy Feral’s Diaries of Weird chronicles the hilarious adventures of a boy who spends his time with the furry and ferocious tenants of the zoo his family runs.

Together with his cryptozoologist friends Red and Donny, Sammy Feral investigates weird creatures like werewolves, yetis and dragons. When a whole village of children goes missing, Sammy knows something weird is going on again. A black cat begins following him everywhere, and a legion of vampire bats descend on his own village. Then, Sammy’s little sister Natty gets really ill, with a strange bruise on her neck.

Thanks to his CSC talent (cross-species-communication) Sammy discovers that the cat is here to warn him about evil bats led by the evil Count Batula. The only way to increase their numbers is by biting children, Sammy’s sister does not have much time. The gang create a plan to kill Count Batula, which cat believes will release the other bats back to their normal state.
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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

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