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Aunt Eater loves a mystery




First edition.
New York : Harper & Row, [1987]
Physical Description:
64 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
Series title(s):
Aunt Eater loves mystery stories so much that she sees mysterious adventures wherever she looks.
Reading Level:
Elementary Grade.

290 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader 2.4.

Reading Counts! 2.1.


Call Number

On Order



Aunt Eater loves mystery stories so much that she sees mysterious adventures wherever she looks.

Author Notes

Doug Cushman was born in Springfield, Ohio, on May 4, 1953. He moved to Connecticut with his family when he was 15 years old. Cushman attended a private art school in Connecticut called the Paier School of Art.

While in high school he created comic books, selling them to his classmates for a nickel a piece. He also drew a comic strip for the school newspaper. Since 1978 he has illustrated over 80 children's books, 14 of which he wrote himself.

Aunt Eater Loves a Mystery is a Reading Rainbow book. Other awards include a notable trade book honor from the National Council of Teachers of English for King Karfu, a nomination for the 1998 Garden State Children's Book award for Aunt Eater's Mystery Christmas and the 1996 Rebuen Award for Magazine and Book Illustration sponsored by the National Cartoonists Society for King Karfu.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3 Four easy-to-read chapters follow Aunt Eater (an anteater) as she suspects mysterious happenings around her. First her bag is stolen on the train. A mysterious person at a party turns out to be the shadow of one of her friends carrying a tray and glass. The third chapter concerns a mysterious note. The final mystery involves the disappearance of her cat, Sam. While the plot in each chapter is thin, the material does not speak down to readers. A variety of sentence structures and interesting vocabulary is used. The four-color illustrations will help young readers visualize the text without giving away the mystery. Yet readers will have some unanswered questions. The explanation that one character is dressed in scarf and overcoat because he has a sore throat is unconvincing, as another character is shown in shorts and short sleeved shirt. An average but comfortable addition to easy-to-read mystery collections. Sharron McElmeel, Cedar Rapids Community Schools, Iowa (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

Gr. 1-2. Aunt Eater is what else? an anteater, a grandmotherly type who loves mysteries. In these four short stories she gets to the bottom of four peculiar happenings and one real mystery. The stories are uneven but effective on balance, and children will easily grasp the words and meanings when attempting this on their own. The author's illustrations, three-color pen-and-wash drawings, are a little drab but their lines are deft enough to carry the story's action. DMW. Mystery and detective stories [CIP] 87-73