Cryptic Casebook Christmas Party!

It was our final book club get-together of the year and we were exploring the world of “The Cryptic Casebook of Coco Carlomagno and Alberta and the case of the Perplexing Pineapple.”

By Ursula Dubosarsky and illustrated by Terry Denton.

Just like Coco Carlomagno and Alberta the Barnabies were on the case of the perplexing pineapple! To get into the mood they were first transformed into guinea pig detectives!


Then it was out to solve the clues….


There were cryptic clues such as:

“round and round and round you go”…which was the dizzy whizzy of course!

And “never smile at this or it could be see you later alligator, in a while…”

Can you guess?

hunting for clues


We even had guinea pig Latin, picture codes and picture substitution ciphers – all inspired by Ursula Dubosarsky and Terry Denton !

gus reads


There was indeed a perplexing pineapple…



And….as it was a Christmas party – there was even a random gingerbread house…with added pineapple decorations! Perplexing!


If you want to make the guinea pig mask find it is here:


We also found some fun guinea pig paper craft guinea-pig_papercraft-300x300

and pineapple paper craft to try these holidays!


or you could just invent your own like we did!



***A big Barnaby Thank You to North Fitzroy Library for supporting the book club and sourcing multiple copies of this book for us. Public libraries ROCK! ****


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