Author(s): Chris Riddell
This work introduces Miss Ottoline Brown, a self-possessed heroine, an exceptionally inquisitive Mistress of Disguise/amateur detective, and her partner in crime, Mr Munroe, a small hairy bog person from Norway investigating outlandish crime. Imaginatively illustrated and beautifully produced. No puzzle is ever too tricky for the two of them to solve ... Ottoline lives in a stylish apartment in Big City with a small hairy creature called Mr Munroe. Together they look after the Brown family's eclectic collections - and dabble in a spot of detective work. So they are the first to the scene of the crime when a string of high society dog-nappings and jewel thefts hits Big City. Ottoline (who luckily has a diploma from the Who-R-U Academy of Disguise) and Mr Munroe go undercover - and expose an ingenious scam masterminded by furry feline crook, the Yellow Cat. This is a quirky mystery-adventure which is perfectly packaged and highly collectable.
Winner of Nestle Children's Book Prize: Age 6-8 2007 and Red House Children's Book Awards: Books for Younger Readers 2008. Shortlisted for Kate Greenaway Medal 2008.
"The illustrations add humor, depth, and momentum to the narrative.exceptional." -- School Library Journal (starred review)
Chris Riddell is an accomplished artist and political cartoonist for the Observer, who has enjoyed great acclaim for his books for children. His books have won a number of major prizes including the 2001 and 2004 Kate Greenaway Medals, and his previous work for Macmillan includes MUDDLE EARTH and the BLOBHEADS series, with Paul Stewart. Chris lives in Brighton with his family.