<p>&#34;I am the smartest detective in the whole world,&#34; said Flatfoot Fox.<br/>&#34;I know,&#34; said Secretary Bird. &#34;It says so on the door. It says, <em>Flatfoot Fox, the Smartest Detective in the Whole World</em>... Is that true?&#34;<br/>&#34;Of course it&#39;s true. I put those words on the door myself.&#34;</p><p>That opening to the book should give you an idea of these two characters. In this story, a big one-eyed cat comes in and asks for help finding his beautiful blue glass eye. It had popped out when the cat sang too loud at his birthday party and someone &#34;stole&#34; it. It&#39;s up to Flatfoot Fox and Secretary Bird to question the guests, listen for clues, and figure out which guest is the thief. Children will enjoy trying to figure out who is guilty by paying attention to the details of each guest&#39;s testimony. They&#39;ll also enjoy the silliness and humor in the book.</p><p>In this book, the mother of Nosy Otter comes to Flatfoot Fox, desperate for help. She says that Nosy has been kidnapped. As in all the books in this series, Flatfoot and his sidekick, Secretary Bird, must gather clues by talking with suspects, all of whom are quite quirky, and by following leads. The conversations with the suspects are often very amusing and witty. Kids will love the the humor and will enjoy trying to solve the case along with Flatfoot.</p><p>Here is another clever and amusing Flatfoot Fox book. In this one, Principal Porcupine makes fun of Wacky Weasel for claiming to be a magician. In response, Wacky Weasel says he&#39;s going to make the schoolhouse disappear. And he does! Flatfoot Fox and his goofy pal Secretary Bird are called in to solve the case and they are led to a big hole in the ground. As always, Flatfoot has to interrogate a number of suspects and witnesses and is eventually able to discover what happened to the schoolhouse. I won&#39;t give the solution away, but I will say that the answer to the question &#34;What happened to the schoolhouse?&#34; is &#34;nothing.&#34;</p>The idea behind this book alone tells you something about the humor of the Flatfoot Fox series. This time Mournful Own has lost his whooo. His what? Well, he can&#39;t &#34;whooo&#34; anymore so what kind of owl can he be? And how can an owl lose his whooo anyway? Never fear! Flatfoot Fox will figure it all out. And he does. Of course, Secretary Bird was quite certain he would have solved the case too -- with just a little more time to think and work out the clues.In this case, Flatfoot Fox and Secretary Bird are called on to discover what happened to Bashful Beaver&#39;s beautiful bright blue buttons. Flatfoot Fox, the self-proclaimed smartest detective in the world, seems to have some trouble solving this one, so Secretary Bird decides he should take over the case as lead investigator, which just adds more fun to the story. The two characters encounter several other interesting characters like Scatterbrain Squirrel and Mean-Tempered Turtle. If you were paying careful attention to this description, you might guess that the book contains plenty of alliteration, some of which are fun tongue twisters.