|Written by||Diane Namm|
|Illustrator||Mary Grace Eubank|
|Series||BIG BIRD StoryMagic|
BIG BIRD, in the book, is charged with solving a mystery: Cookie Monster claims that somebody stole his brand new box of cupcakes, & OSCAR THE GROUCH has the empty box in his TRASH CAN. HE is so confident that HE can get to the bottom of it, that HE promises to buy Cookie a new box if HE can’t find them. In the end, it is left to the listener to conclude that Cookie Monster ate them all himself! BIG BIRD never quite gets to this conclusion. It is a classic example of empowering the kids by letting them feel just a little bit smarter than the characters.
CAROLL SPINNEY recorded the voices of BIG BIRD & OSCAR THE GROUCH, & FRANK OZ the voice of Cookie Monster, for the accompanying cassette tape. There are 2 songs on the accompanying cassette tape, "Detective BIRD " & "Mystery Song" both written by Dave Conner.
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