Nate the Great, the charming first novel in a book series spanning over 20 titles, is authored by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and illustrated by Marc Simont. A detective who likes his pancakes just as much as a good clue, Nate the Great is called upon by his friend Annie to solve a puzzling conundrum – where did Annie’s yellow portrait of her dog, Fang, disappear to? Nate hurriedly seeks out the trail of the missing picture, investigating every corner and lead, beginning with the portrait’s subject, Fang, then over to Rosamund, owner of cats Super Hex, Big Hex, Little Hex and Plain Hex, and rounding off with Annie’s younger brother, Henry, who loves the color red. One of these colorful characters knows the whereabouts of Annie’s picture, and it’s up to Nate the Great to figure it out! A fabulous read-out-loud novel, young readers will revel in the Sharmat’s lighthearted humor, and will be begging to read more adventures of this pancake-loving detective.