There were so many things I liked about The Case of the Candy Bandit! For one, I enjoyed the fact that the Superlative Supersleuths were a pair of girls – aided (temporarily) by another girl. I liked the seriousness with which Rachita went about the business of being a detective, and I loved all the sprinklings of humour, particularly the outrageous hypotheses the girls came up with. Could the candy bandit be the counsellor conducting some sort of secret research experiment on the children?
At Rachita and Aarti’s school, to encourage the children to finish their lunch, the counsellor suggests that they be given a treat–which is to be denied if the children do not eat their lunch. One day, though, many of the treats disappear. And this happens not once, but a number of times. Aided (maybe … somewhat …) by the idea of the centre of gravity, Rachita must deduce the centre of crime. Will her crazy sheep-infested dreams help her? What about her friend Aarti’s peanut ballerinas? Do they hold a clue to the identity of the candy bandit?
I did lose interest in the middle, but the humour kept me going. Plus, I was curious to know who the candy bandit was! All in all, I liked the book enough to put the next book, The Case of the Careless Aliens, on my to-be-read list.
|Title||The Case of the Candy Bandit|
|Rating (out of 5)||3.5|