The Secret Ingredient

illus. by Debbie Ridpath Ohi. 32p. (Mitzi Tulane, Preschool Detective) Random. Jul. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780449819166.
PreS-Gr 1—Why would anyone put vegetables in a muffin? Young detectives will enjoy answering this question along with preschool detective Mitzi Tulane. At snack time, Mitzi and her friend Max suspect that Mitzi's father might have included an unusual ingredient in her muffin. Max reveals that his mother sometimes sneaks things like spinach into his food. When Mitzi discovers an unknown morsel in the muffin, she grabs her sidekick, Gigi Gaboo, and their investigation begins. These adorable sleuths make this a fun adventure in which all young listeners can participate. Unable to identify the object in the muffin using a magnifying lens, the detectives consult their two scientific friends in the next apartment. Eventually the morsel is identified by their rabbit, Bun Bun, who promptly eats it. The simple yet expressive illustrations help convey a rollicking good time.
VERDICT A great preschool read-aloud for any situation.

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