The Mess Detectives and the Case of the Lost Temper / VeggieTales / I Can Read!

The Mess Detectives and the Case of the Lost Temper / VeggieTales / I Can Read!

by Karen Poth


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A Lesson in Self Control

Bob and Larry have a strange new case. But Larry’s ideas are getting on Bob’s nerves. Is Bob about to lose his temper with Larry? Let’s find out!

This is a Level One I Can Read! book, which means it’s perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences. It aligns with guided reading level J and will be of interest to children Pre-K to 3rd grade.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310741701
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Publication date: 09/02/2014
Series: VeggieTales Series: I Can Read!
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 764,650
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile: 400L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Throughout her career, Karen Poth has held various positions in the Children's Entertainment Industry including Vice President of Design at Big Idea/Veggie Tales, Product Developer at Walt Disney World, CCO of Spring Sprang Studio, and Kid's Innovation Strategist at Hallmark Cards. She holds a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri. She lives with her husband and seven-year-old son in Lenexa, KS.

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The Mess Detectives and the Case of the Lost Temper / VeggieTales / I Can Read! 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Veggie Tales have been a family favorite for years. I can still remember some of the songs from the DVDs! Being so familiar with Veggie Tales, I was excited to have the opportunity to review one of the books from the “I Can Read!” series for level 1 beginning readers. Before getting into the story, there is a letter to parents explaining the “I Can Read!” book series and the different categories that are available. The categories begin with Shared Reading and end with Advanced Reading (Level 4). The next page contains a scripture which the story is based upon. For the book I am reviewing the scripture is Proverbs 29:11: “A foolish person lets his anger run wild. But a wise person keeps himself under control.” The story is about Detective Bob and Detective Larry trying to solve the case of the Masked Door Slammer. Bob is in a bad mood and his mood continues to get worse as the day goes on. Finally, Larry helps Bob to recognize that he needs to change his attitude. Bob reflects on his actions and apologizes to Larry. Bob and Larry are then able to solve the mystery. This is a very short book which I was expecting. It was a cute story. I like how the scripture is shown before the story begins and then it is shown on the last page. I think this is a good reminder for children about the message the story is trying to convey. I also like how the inside front cover has a place to write the child’s name after he/she has read it. It says “Hooray! _____ can read this book!” I think that will encourage the child once he/she is able to read the book. I look forward to reading more books in this series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maybe because it is a level 1 reader book, which is great for grades 1-2 and I am more used to reading my kids books that are longer and more in depth than one sentence a page, I don't know but I wasn't too impressed. Even my 6 year old was like "I don't get it!". I guess I was expecting something a little more extraordinary than the wind being the culprit, like maybe a child not getting his way and slamming the doors because of it, Bob seeing this and realizing how foolish he is being when he loses his temper. I don't know, but either way this book was just not for me, the illustrations were very bright and colorful which was great and is just what you would expect from some tasty vegetables. If nothing else, this will make for a great tool for my son to practice his reading skills since most of the words are no more than five letters.
SavvyMomma More than 1 year ago
"The Mess Detectives and the Case of the Lost Temper" is a children's book, written by Karen Poth, and published by Zonderkidz. This book is a beginning reader book that uses simple sentences for new readers. After reading this book,  I would say that there may be a few challenging words for early readers, and they may need a little help reading this book on their own. In this book, "Veggie Tales" characters Bob the tomato and Larry the cucumber are detectives and hot on the trail of a door slamming suspect. Larry, acting as his usual silly self, makes Bob more and more aggravated as they stake out the Carrot house, trying to catch the door slammer. As Bob gets increasingly frustrated with Larry, he eventually loses his temper. Larry points out that Bob has lost his cool, and Bob agrees, and that's pretty much the end of it. I really thought that this lesson could have been much more of a teaching children to lean on God when they are feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, or aggravated. I think that this book missed the opportunity to make that point. My children, even though they are young, struggle with their tempers, and I really feel like Larry and Bob could have gone into how Bob could calm down, and pray or lean on God in order to calm down. Instead, Larry just points out that Bob has lost his temper, and Bob basically says, "Yeah, you're right". I thought the story was cute, but really think they missed the mark on the one thing that "Veggie Tales" always does - tying the moral of the story into Biblical examples. I would give this book a 2.5/5. Cute, but not the quality I would expect from the "Veggie Tales" characters.
Ellybean More than 1 year ago
The Mess Detectives and The Case of the Lost Temper is one of the many titles from Zonderkidz in the I Can Read Book series. My three and a half year old son and six year old daughter are quite the Veggie Tale fans and liked this story. I was excited about this title because my daughter has been reading much more this Summer and my aim has been to have character building and Christ centered books around that we could read together or all on her very own. The Veggie Tales whether books or the movies never seem to disappoint in teaching about God's love and how to apply the taught truths to our own lives.  In this story children will learn all about losing their tempers in case about the Masked Door Slammer! Featured in the story are characters Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber, and even Laura the Carrot makes and appearance. At the beginning and the end of the story the Bible verse Proverbs 29:11 is featured. I like the the Bible verse is in both places as to serve as an introduction and a reminder of what to take away from the story. The story is full of all the silliness I expected but the point about getting upset and losing our temper at times is covered in a way a child can understand quite well.  There are 32 pages in this paperback title. The illustrations fully cover the story on each page. Larry narrates to the readers. My son really liked the mystery and detective theme to the story. My daughter was able to read this book on her own quite well. She'll be starting first grade this Fall. The book is on the beginning reading level which features short sentences, familiar words, and simple concepts that are easy for kids to comprehend on their own. She had no trouble at all with this book and I'm excited to soon introduce her to the next level up in the I Can Read Book series.  We are are big Veggie Tale fans and were not at all disappointed! It's good title to pick up if you are fans of the series or if you are aiming to reach a child that perhaps has some trouble in controlling their temper when things aren't always going as planned.  I would recommend this reader for both boys and girls!