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Betty's Burgled Bakery: An Alliteration Adventure (Kids Adventure Books, Children's Books, Mystery Books for Kids)

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When the Gumshoe Zoo's alarm alerts them, they learn Betty's Bakery has been burgled! But how? Something isn't quite right—and it's up to these determined detectives to figure out what! Alliteration abounds in this comic book caper featuring the Gumshoe Zoo, a detective agency facing the craziest crime ever committed: pilfered pastries. Perfect for lovers of wordplay and s When the Gumshoe Zoo's alarm alerts them, they learn Betty's Bakery has been burgled! But how? Something isn't quite right—and it's up to these determined detectives to figure out what! Alliteration abounds in this comic book caper featuring the Gumshoe Zoo, a detective agency facing the craziest crime ever committed: pilfered pastries. Perfect for lovers of wordplay and sweet treats, not to mention educators and librarians looking for an engaging story to teach alliteration, this multi-paneled early graphic novel is a raucous adventure. Detailed back matter discusses uses of alliteration and animal eating habits.


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When the Gumshoe Zoo's alarm alerts them, they learn Betty's Bakery has been burgled! But how? Something isn't quite right—and it's up to these determined detectives to figure out what! Alliteration abounds in this comic book caper featuring the Gumshoe Zoo, a detective agency facing the craziest crime ever committed: pilfered pastries. Perfect for lovers of wordplay and s When the Gumshoe Zoo's alarm alerts them, they learn Betty's Bakery has been burgled! But how? Something isn't quite right—and it's up to these determined detectives to figure out what! Alliteration abounds in this comic book caper featuring the Gumshoe Zoo, a detective agency facing the craziest crime ever committed: pilfered pastries. Perfect for lovers of wordplay and sweet treats, not to mention educators and librarians looking for an engaging story to teach alliteration, this multi-paneled early graphic novel is a raucous adventure. Detailed back matter discusses uses of alliteration and animal eating habits.

30 review for Betty's Burgled Bakery: An Alliteration Adventure (Kids Adventure Books, Children's Books, Mystery Books for Kids)

  1. 5 out of 5

    La Coccinelle

    One could be forgiven for thinking that this is a really boring book. The cover does nothing to showcase the story that's on the inside. When you've got a whole cast of characters to choose from, why go with a picture of badly drawn pastry? The premise of this book actually isn't too bad. The story is about a bakery owner who notices that her bakery has been burgled. So the Gumshoe Zoo crew goes to investigate. At each stage of the process, they use a lot of alliteration in their interactions wit One could be forgiven for thinking that this is a really boring book. The cover does nothing to showcase the story that's on the inside. When you've got a whole cast of characters to choose from, why go with a picture of badly drawn pastry? The premise of this book actually isn't too bad. The story is about a bakery owner who notices that her bakery has been burgled. So the Gumshoe Zoo crew goes to investigate. At each stage of the process, they use a lot of alliteration in their interactions with each other, giving readers a clear idea of what alliteration is (even if it does make the resulting text a little absurd and wordy). The culprit can be spotted a mile away, but that's probably not important; it's the alliteration that's the star here. Unfortunately, the author chose to throw in the word "vittles", which marks him as a cat person rather than a linguist. (The correct spelling is "victuals". It still would have worked with the alliteration, so I'm disappointed he didn't use it and potentially teach kids another new word.) While the idea of the book itself is clever, the illustrations are not that impressive and kind of let down the whole thing. They're too simple and cartoonish for my taste. The matter at the back about animals' eating habits seemed kind of out of place to me. I'm not sure what the point of that was supposed to be. I do like that alliteration was explained, though. After all, that's the whole point of this book! So while I like the premise and the originality of the concept here, I can't really say I like the way it was executed. Better illustrations and a stronger story (without such an obvious resolution) would've made this a more enjoyable book overall.

  2. 4 out of 5

    June

    Lives up to the claim that it is an alliterative adventure. The end matter bumps it up to a 3.5 for me. End matter includes further information on alliteration. "Alliteration abounds!" End matter also includes more information on some of the hungriest animals. I never knew that Pygmy Shrews have to eat constantly to stay alive, so they never sleep more than a few minutes at a time.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Teryca Brooks-Long

    Betty’s Burgled Bakery Author & Illustrator: Travis Nichols Rating: 3/5 Genre: Picture Book Award: N/A Audience: Ages 5-8 This is a book of an alleged burglary at Betty’s Bakery, but because of the scene, it looks like an inside job. A. This book fits into the specific category because it is a comic book and the illustrations are drawn up as they would be in our traditional picture book. B. The line usage surrounding each image captures them all as separate parts of the story, as such in a comic book. Betty’s Burgled Bakery Author & Illustrator: Travis Nichols Rating: 3/5 Genre: Picture Book Award: N/A Audience: Ages 5-8 This is a book of an alleged burglary at Betty’s Bakery, but because of the scene, it looks like an inside job. A. This book fits into the specific category because it is a comic book and the illustrations are drawn up as they would be in our traditional picture book. B. The line usage surrounding each image captures them all as separate parts of the story, as such in a comic book. It drives your attention to each separate box as you go through the story. C. I would use this as a fun miscellaneous book to read to a group of children just because. It is a cute fun book just great for a read aloud time.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mary Lee

    Comic book/graphic novel format. Alliterative and alphabetic story. Great for #classroombookaday.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chance Lee

    In this delightful book, the Gumshoe Zoo is called to investigate Betty the panda's bakery, in which all of the baked good are MISSING. Each page is written in alliteration -- the first page with words starting with A sound, second page has words with B sounds, then C sounds, and so on, in order for the whole alphabet. It's smart, without feeling forced. Also the background panels often have objects starting with the same letter. For example, on the page with "meager morsel[s] from the mini-mark In this delightful book, the Gumshoe Zoo is called to investigate Betty the panda's bakery, in which all of the baked good are MISSING. Each page is written in alliteration -- the first page with words starting with A sound, second page has words with B sounds, then C sounds, and so on, in order for the whole alphabet. It's smart, without feeling forced. Also the background panels often have objects starting with the same letter. For example, on the page with "meager morsel[s] from the mini-market" a shopping bag is filled with milk, mustard, and matzoh. The back of the book has an educational panel about alliteration and information on "Hungry Animals." That page features a cute illustration of a star-nosed mole, which I'd think would be impossible because they're such horrifying creatures. Fun book for kids who enjoy word play.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rylee Hudson

    Betty's Burgled Bakery is a graphic novel for younger aged children. A crime is taken place inside a bakery and and an animal detective agency, Gumshoe Zoo, comes to solve it. The team of detectives include a monkey, duck, bull, and horse who work hard to find out who was stealing Betty's sweets. The alliteration adventure is a book to be read aloud to young children. The alliterations include a difficult vocabulary that young children would not know. While I agree it is important to include dif Betty's Burgled Bakery is a graphic novel for younger aged children. A crime is taken place inside a bakery and and an animal detective agency, Gumshoe Zoo, comes to solve it. The team of detectives include a monkey, duck, bull, and horse who work hard to find out who was stealing Betty's sweets. The alliteration adventure is a book to be read aloud to young children. The alliterations include a difficult vocabulary that young children would not know. While I agree it is important to include difficult words for young readers, Nichols overdoes it. Almost the whole book is hard words, making children have a hard time following the story at all. The illustrations are at a Pre-K level but the words are for a much older group. This book is fun to read aloud, while a younger audience can look at the graphics, but they may not understand most of what you are reading.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    The Gumshoe Zoo Detectives are on the job-solving panda Betty’s mystery: “A bread bandit burgled my bakery before breakfast!” The adventure unfolds in brightly colored comic panels as different animal sleuths uncover details about the “heinous heist” in clever alliterative narrative that runs through the alphabet, ending with a surprise identification of the culprit. “We zipped this zany zigzagging zinger with zeal!” Back matter includes information about alliteration and a bonus “Hungry Animals The Gumshoe Zoo Detectives are on the job-solving panda Betty’s mystery: “A bread bandit burgled my bakery before breakfast!” The adventure unfolds in brightly colored comic panels as different animal sleuths uncover details about the “heinous heist” in clever alliterative narrative that runs through the alphabet, ending with a surprise identification of the culprit. “We zipped this zany zigzagging zinger with zeal!” Back matter includes information about alliteration and a bonus “Hungry Animals” section on the eating habits of five animals.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kaylee

    Betty's Burgled Bakery is a graphic novel for children. It tells a story about a team of detectives trying to solve the case of the burglary of Betty's bakery. This book is a great way to teach young children all about alliteration! It contains dialogue like "A bread bandit burgled my bakery before breakfast". This book can also introduce a lot of great vocabulary words like extracted, enticing, and impediment. It could get a little confusing because of the wording for young children but also ve Betty's Burgled Bakery is a graphic novel for children. It tells a story about a team of detectives trying to solve the case of the burglary of Betty's bakery. This book is a great way to teach young children all about alliteration! It contains dialogue like "A bread bandit burgled my bakery before breakfast". This book can also introduce a lot of great vocabulary words like extracted, enticing, and impediment. It could get a little confusing because of the wording for young children but also very helpful for students in 1st grade and older.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alenka

    So cute and innovative! Animal detectives rush to Betty's Bakery to help her discover who burgled all her delicious baked goods. The text is all alliterative and follows the alphabet, so a couple pages use alliteration starting with "A," the next couple with "B," and so on. This is really masterfully done, would be super fun to read out loud, and busts out a bunch of great new vocabulary that kids can learn over multiple readings.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ariana Shields

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book really impressed me with it's alphabetized alliterative style. It is an engaging mystery/adventure mentor text about a panda (Betty) who had her bakery burgled. Who did it? Was it an inside job? Why were only Kale Crumpets left? I won't write anymore so I don't give anything away. This book could be used to teach alliteration in writing as part of an ideas/sentence structure unit in older grades. It could also be used in younger grades to teach the alphabet and first sounds.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Cohens

    When Betty's Bakery is ransacked, characters in this story must come together to figure out who the bakery bandit is! Throughout the text, the author employs alliteration to capture the attention of the reader and draw them into the who-dun-it of the storyline. This mystery would be great to use with upper elementary students (2nd-4th grade). It is available on the Amazon Kindle App as an eBook text which is how I read the book and the digital format made the illustrations even more vivid! I, of When Betty's Bakery is ransacked, characters in this story must come together to figure out who the bakery bandit is! Throughout the text, the author employs alliteration to capture the attention of the reader and draw them into the who-dun-it of the storyline. This mystery would be great to use with upper elementary students (2nd-4th grade). It is available on the Amazon Kindle App as an eBook text which is how I read the book and the digital format made the illustrations even more vivid! I, of course, could use this text to study alliterations with my class during both reading and writing. Students could keep track of some of the alliterations the author used, discuss how the alliteration made the text more vivid, and then come up with their own examples of alliteration. I could also use this text to discuss "juicy vocabulary". This text contains a lot of synonyms for commonly used words. Students could record this vocabulary and come up with other replacement words for common vocabulary that would enrich their writing. This is a WOW book to me because it takes a skill that could be considered dull to teach and incorporates it into a fun story. The text also includes a moral about working together and being kid to one another.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    The Gumshoe Zoo is on the case! Missing from Betty's Bakery are carrot cake, cornbread and crackers. Also missing, all kinds of bread. Only thing left? Kale crumpets. Hmmm ... who doesn't like kale? But, they left the loot. To add to the mystery, the security system is fully operational. Was this an inside job?

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cally Gautz

    I LOVED the writing. It really takes some skill to go through an alliteration of the WHOLE alphabetic, IN SUCCESSION, and : 1) have everything make sense 2) be enjoyable and entertaining 3) not skip any letters. I wasn't a huge fan of the artwork, though, and I'm a sucker for beautiful/unique picture books.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tania Roberts

    Alliteration for children at it's finest. An entertaining story chalked full of big "grown up" words to expand everyone's vocabulary. I'm not a fan of comic book style stories and illustration, but it's an excellent read even for the text alone. There's also a fun filled fact page at the end with some interesting animal facts.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Aileen Stewart

    Betty's Burgled Bakery is an adventure in alliteration starting with the letter "A" and finishing with the letter "Z". The end papers are particularly beautiful with tiny pictures of baked goods, the story is told in graphic style, and the mystery of who burgled Betty is solved satisfactorily. This seems like a fun book that would benefit both regular teachers and home school teachers.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    Someone has burgled Betty's bakery before breakfast, and it's up to the Gumshoe Zoo Detectives to help solve the mystery. This fun story focuses o the use of alliteration, which adds to the prose with its repetition as the Gumshoe Detectives wrap up the mystery.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    Graphic novel format. A fun one to use in a classroom

  18. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    Most marvelous mystery with clever creativity. :)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Colette

    If you need to illustrate alliteration this book is just the ticket!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Maren Prestegaard

    Creative. Rather big words for the young set.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Aliza Werner

    Written with alliteration through the alphabet. An early graphic novel.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    A very different alphabet book!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    A madcap mystery with massive mirth!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Elise

    Loved the alliteration and kids loved the story, esp at age 6

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    This would be a great mentor text for a lesson on alliteration! Very creative story!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Brett

    Deliriously delightful & enchantingly, engagingly educational while also being hysterically hilarious. Deliriously delightful & enchantingly, engagingly educational while also being hysterically hilarious.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Fred Slusher

    Meh.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Shar

    Super cute and fun alphabet alliteration adventure!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Elisabeth

    Amazed at author's awesome alliteration abilities!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Donna Mork

    Cute. The gumshoe zoo solves crimes. The entire story is told in alliteration--repeated sounds at the start of the words on each page.

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