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The hare is relieved to be able to clear his name. Poo from a hare is round, but the culprit's is square. The guilty party has only left a small hole under the fence, which rules out the horse (too big), and the cockatoo (why dig a hole when you can fly?).
And so they continue, narrowing down the suspects until they're all left looking at the kangaroo. But is she really guilty or have our sleuths overlooked one crucial fact? (For the amateur detectives among you, this review should be enough for you to work out who the thief is!)
I loved Renée Treml's detailed line drawings set against simple colour wash backgrounds. The rhyming text gently unravels the story, while the big reveal at the end taught me something about Australia's native animals too!
Title: The Great Garden Mystery
Author/Illustrator: Renée Treml
Publisher: Random House Australia, $19.99 RRP
Publication Date: September 2014
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book