Nate the Great and The Halloween Hunt
Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Illustrations by Marc Simont
A Yearling Book, Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1990
From the back of the book: “It is Halloween night and all the kids are dressed in scary and funny costumes. Their Trick or Treat bags are getting heavier. Nate’s good friend Rosamond needs his help. Her cat Little Hex is missing. Little Hex hates Halloween, so maybe he’s hiding. Or is he lost? Nate and his trusty dog, Sludge, take the case and hunt in the night for Little Hex. They pass robots, pirates, and witches, But where will they find Little Hex?”
This is a beginning reader book that is longer than a picture book – in fact it’s long enough to be a chapter book. It tells the story of Nate the Great, a young detective who solves mysteries with and for his friends. In this case he looks for a small black cat who has gone missing. I really liked the story – I like how Nick is afraid to go into a haunted house but goes inside anyway because he is on a case. He shows great loyalty to his friends and perseverance toward his goal. He is also smart because he finds Little Hex! The story provides clues along the way so it’s an excellent way to introduce young readers to the power of deductive thinking. The kittens who read this book and enjoy it will likely continue to enjoy mystery stories their entire lives. And, it proves mystery stories don’t have to be about murder to be good. It has a few scary moments but no violence and all comes out well in the end.