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Nate the Great and the Mushy Valentine

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Beginning readers are introduced to the detective mystery genre in these chapter books. Perfect for the Common Core, kids can problem-solve with Nate, using logical thinking to solve mysteries!


Nate the Great hates mushy stuff. He spies a big red paper heart taped to Sludge’s doghouse. Who left Nate’s dog a secret valentine? Nate will solve the case, and then there will be no more mushy stuff. At least that’s what he thinks. . . .


Check out the Fun Activities section in the back of the book! 


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“Nate makes a great narrator, his clipped prose mimicking that of the hard-boiled detective genre, providingshort, simple sentences for beginning readers, and setting up the deadpan humor. Simont's expressive drawings, tinted with watercolor washes, illustrate the characters and the action with finesse and restraint. A most appealing choice.”—Booklist, Boxed Review


Written by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat 


Illustrated by Marc Simont

27 pages

7.5" x 5.25"

Published 1995