Submitted by Amanda from Lexington Park!
The Mystery of Eatum Hall by John Kelly and Cathy Tincknell is an intriguing and funny mystery for kids. The rich vocabulary and stunning pictures cook up a filling tale for readers to devour. This mystery starts when Glenda (goose) and Horace (pig) Pork-Fowler receive an invitation to Eatum Hall by its new owner, Dr. Hunter, for a weekend of free gourmet food. When they arrive for their weekend at Eatum Hall they find a letter from their host inviting them to stay even though he is away on business. While Glenda and Horace enjoy their weekend of food and fun the reader can infer that Dr. Hunter is fattening them up to be made into pie. Finally, Glenda and Horace decide to leave early after having broken the bandstand, and thus foil Dr. Hunter's plan to make them into pie. This story has a healthy vocabulary filled with words like "fiend," "automated," and "culinary." It is truly told through the pictures. Each page is filled with illustrations to help the reader infer Dr. Hunter’s malicious plan. The illustrations provide a mysterious and chilling mood for the reader from the very beginning. The pictures are complementary to the story and make it a joy to read.