The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse: A Chet Gecko Mystery (Book #1)

by Bruce Hale

Paperback, 2001

Status

Available

Local notes

PB Hal

Barcode

934

Genres

Publication

HMH Books for Young Readers (2001), Edition: First, 120 pages

Description

When hired by a fellow fourth-grader to find her missing brother, Chet Gecko uncovers a plot involving a Gila monster's revenge upon the school football team.

Awards

Nēnē Award (Nominee — 2003, 2004)

Language

Original language

English

Original publication date

2000

Physical description

120 p.; 5 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member sweetiegherkin
Fourth-grader Chet Gecko is known around the playground as the guy who can solve mysteries, so when Shirley Chameleon’s little brother Billy is missing, she turns to Chet to find him. This charming little book is the kid’s version of the noir, hard-boiled detective story, although it’s told
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in a tongue-in-cheek way. I found it hysterically funny because of that, although I’m not sure kids will get all of the little jokes and plays on words. Nevertheless, the other jokes and the mystery of Billy’s disappearance should be enough to hold their attention.
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LibraryThing member sassafras
Chet Gecko. Private Eye. Fourth grader at Emerson Hicky Elementary. Lizard. Shirley Chameleon's little brother is missing. Chet agrees to find Billy, for payment a stinkbug pie. So why is Billy hanging out with Herman the Gila monster and what does it have to do with football, a gopher, and the
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city dump?
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LibraryThing member matthewbloome
I can't help but love this story. Chet Gecko is just plain funny, beginning to end. His gum-shoe detective work is wonderfully oddball and funny in a way that few books maintain so consistently. Natalie, his sleuthing partner, is cheesy and brilliant and he is so in love with private-eye motif that
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you can't help but love him. Great book, so long as you don't take yourself too seriously to get caught up in the fun.
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LibraryThing member Sheila1957
Set-up for the Chet Gecko Mystery series has Chet taking on a case at school where the little brother of a girl he likes is missing. The doll does not give Chet all the info she has and he has to do a little detective work. He gets a sidekick he didn't want with Natalie but it is a good thing she's
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there. She's got the brains.

I enjoyed this book. The world building is good. It reminded me of a 1940's Film Noir movie. I liked Chet's thought process. He needs Natalie but eventually figures it out. I loved the humor and cannot wait to read the rest of the series.
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LibraryThing member NMiller22
When hired by a fellow fourth-grader to find her missing brother, Chet Gecko uncovers a plot involving a Gila monster's revenge upon the school football team. Case #1

Lexile

480L

Pages

120

Rating

(23 ratings; 3.4)
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