The Nursery Rhyme world is rife with crime! But don’t let a prissy dress and large pink bow fool you. Amateur sleuth, Little Miss Muffet, is up to any challenge. She laughs in the face of cover ups, corruption and confusingly incomplete rhymes.
Nursery Crimes reveals the terrible crimes behind our much loved nursery rhymes.
Case 1: Baaa Baa Black Sheep, The Fleeced Fleeced
Baaa Baa Black Sheep is suspicious.
What’s Farmer Fred up to?
Why is he giving all her precious black wool away? They could make a killing on the white-market!
Is Baaa Baa being fleeced?
Will the feisty Little Miss Muffet, amateur detective and world-renowned arachnid expert, solve the mystery before it’s too late?
And how did Little Bo Peep get mixed up in all this? It all sounds a bit crook …
The Nursery Crimes series doggedly takes on the cover-ups and complex web of crime and corruption in seven popular nursery rhymes and with the help of Little Miss Muffet finally unlock the secrets to these much-loved, but confusingly incomplete, rhymes.
John Barwick is a widely published author of children’s fiction, children’s non-fiction and text books. He has published over 90 titles, and been shortlisted in the CBC Book of the Year Awards and in The Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing. Born in Moruya, NSW, he now lives on the Central Coast of NSW. His leisure interests include (unsurprisingly) writing, cycling and staying fit. Recently retired as a Primary School Principal, John now writes full-time. After two decades writing text books and information books, he has now returned to his favourite genre, writing stories to entertain and enthral young people.
This is the story of an ordinary boy… when he was a kid everyone thought he was quite odd. Always drawing quirky things and talking in funny voices while he drew. Until one day he stumbled across a weird looking pencil stuck in a sharpener. On the sharpener it read: whomever pulleth this pencil from the sharpener shall be given special powers.
Well … with a grunt and a groan and maybe a little toot, the boy pulled the pencil from the sharpener. Boom, kablamo, blort! The magical pencil was his. He could feel its power surge through him. Now tasked with spreading the magic pencil’s awesomeness throughout the land, that little boy grew up to be … Dave Atze the illustrator. Today, Dave illustrates amazing books for kids that sell all over the world including Cat Spies Mouse, the Max Booth series, the Nursery Crimes series and books about a kangaroo from Uluru!
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