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The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe's Very First Case: A Precious Ramotswe Mystery for Young Readers, Book 1 | [Alexander McCall Smith]

The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe's Very First Case: A Precious Ramotswe Mystery for Young Readers, Book 1

Have you ever said to yourself, Wouldn't it be nice to be a detective? This is the story of an African girl who says just that. Her name is Precious. When a piece of cake goes missing from her classroom, a traditionally built young boy is tagged as the culprit. Precious, however, is not convinced. She sets out to find the real thief. Along the way she learns that your first guess isn't always right. She also learns how to be a detective.
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Children's Titles for Ages Up to 8, 2013

Have you ever said to yourself, Wouldn't it be nice to be a detective? This is the story of an African girl who says just that. Her name is Precious.

When a piece of cake goes missing from her classroom, a traditionally built young boy is tagged as the culprit. Precious, however, is not convinced. She sets out to find the real thief. Along the way she learns that your first guess isn't always right. She also learns how to be a detective.

©2012 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2012 Listening Library

What the Critics Say

“Stunning artwork.... A compelling plot and interesting secondary characters, especially classmates who are quick to make unfounded accusations and their teacher, who provides wisdom just when it is needed, will leave readers wanting more. One case where an adaptation from an adult book is as much fun to read as the original.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

“A detective is born! What a delightful, breezy read!" (Mary Pope Osborne, bestselling author of the Magic Tree House series)

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 04-19-12
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 04-19-12 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "The first lession of a detective--Prove your case."

    What a delightful short story. This story is aimed at children but adults will enjoy it also. As with all Alexander McCall Smith this story has a moral lesson, I wished more authors would also provide moral and or ethical lessons/problems in their stories. I felt as if I was in Botswana while reading this story, I could almost hear, feel and smell the sounds of the village and school. Adjoa Andoh did a great job narrating the story her accent and rhythm of speaking sounded like the region of Africa. I have both read and listen to Smith books and because of the difficult words such as the names I would rather listen to the reader roll their R's. Lisette LeCat narrated the other books but I think Andoh sounds younger but the accent is the same. Because this book was for children the reader also slowly did the pronunciation of the names which I thought was great.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sara 07-09-12
    Sara 07-09-12
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    "A cultural gem I was glad to share with my kids"

    Although this story wouldn't hold up to modern standards of what makes a short story great, it is a gem of its own. In this heart warming story, a school girl applies what she knows to solve a small mystery that occurs at her school. I loved the way she stands up for what she believes is right and doesn't fall into the peer-pressure/crowd mentality trap that her classmates do when they single out one child as the "guilty" one without having substantial evidence. A cultural gem I was glad my children listened to.

    The narration is great in terms of accent and reminds me of my time spent in Africa.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roberta Antelope, CA, United States 10-23-13
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    "Alexander outdoes himself!!!!"
    Where does The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe's Very First Case rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This goes to the top of my list. Was well written and the narration was great too.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great way to teach children about behavior.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where the monkies got caught with their paws in the cake.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Will relisten to it many times I am sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Claire buffalo, NY, USA 04-19-12
    Claire buffalo, NY, USA 04-19-12
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    "Story sweet, narrator like nails on a blackboard"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'd recommend the paper book. I wouldn't download anything by this narrator again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Another sweet story by McCall Smith.


    What didn’t you like about Adjoa Andoh’s performance?

    When she was narrating the text, she was fine. But when she was narrating the dialog, she got this high-pitched SCREECHY quality to her voice that set my teeth on edge.


    Do you think The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe's Very First Case needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Oh, I expect the prolific McCall Smith with come out with another one.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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