Good News and Bad News

Hey, it’s Yitzy. From the Five Star Detectives.

You’ve probably heard those good news-bad news jokes. Well, I DON’T have one for you. And, if you’ve read the books about me and my brothers and sisters, you know it’s not like me to NOT have a joke. But this is serious stuff I’m talking about here.

The good news is that Chanukah is right around the corner, starting in 3 days! The bad news is that you only have 3 days to buy presents for your family before the holiday starts. But there’s MORE GOOD NEWS. Chanukah lasts 8 days.

So you’ve got 8 MORE DAYS to buy presents!

One of the best things to give somebody is a book. And if they’re a slow reader, like my brother Nosson, it’ll take them 8 more days to finish it! And then they can read it to their kid sisters, like Nosson could do with Miri, who’s only 4.

My brothers and sisters all like books. Shimmy – he’s 10 – likes mysteries that give him ideas about how we can solve our next mystery. Adina, who’s 9, likes mysteries, too. And she likes books about girls who are friends with each other. Yuck! Miri likes books with lots of pictures. Even Ima and Abba like books. Stuff they can read on Shabbas. (That’s kind of the only time we give them a break and let them read.)

Be sure and check out the Chanukah books here for some good ideas.

Happy Chanukah to everyone!


You’ll Fall for these Jokes!

Hey, Yitzy here… from the Five Star Detectives. I solve mysteries along with the rest of the kids in my family. I’m eight, and I like to tell jokes. Detective work can get a little too serious sometimes, and a good joke lightens things up, so you can get back to work.

We’re now into fall, and it’s getting colder (b-r-r-r-r). Here are some of my favorite autumn jokes…

What is the cutest of all the seasons?

What did the tree say to autumn?
Please leaf me alone!

What happens when winter arrives?
Autumn leaves!

How do you fix a broken pumpkin?
With a pumpkin patch!

How do trees get on the computer?
They log in!

Why do all the birds fly south in the fall?
Because it’s too far to walk.

Knock Knock
Who’s there?
Wool who?
Wool you grab me a sweater? It’s getting cold outside!

Knock Knock
Who’s there?
Orange who?
Orange you glad it’s autumn?

Knock Knock
Who’s there?
Acorn who
Acorn-y person telling you jokes!

We’re the Five Star Detectives!

Hi, everyone. We’re the Five Star Detectives, and we work together to solve mysteries.

Our first big mystery was The Case of the Disappearing Chanukah Candles, and there’s a book about how we solved that one. We’ve solved some little cases since then, mostly around our house. But now there’s a new book about our second big case, called The Case of the Unfair Science Fair, and it tells about a big mystery at my school.

My name’s Shimmy, and I’m pretty much in charge of the Five Star Detectives. (I’m the oldest, age 11). But my brothers and sister all help out in different ways.

Adina is 10, and she’s real into art. She’s got a real good eye for that, so sometimes she sees clues the rest of us miss.

Yitzy is 8. He likes to tell jokes. Sometimes that can be pretty annoying, especially when you’re trying to concentrate on the clues. But other times it makes us laugh. And sometimes we really need to laugh. Things can get pretty tense when the clues aren’t adding up. Or pretty sticky if you have to interrogate a suspect, especially if the suspect is your friend — and you want to keep it that way.

Nosson is 7. He’s our note taker. He’s just learning to write, and he’s not very neat. Besides that, he doesn’t spell so good. Sometimes it’s not easy to figure out his notes, but in the end those notes usually help out a lot.

Miri is only 4, and she’s pretty cute. I used to think What can a really little kid do to help solve mysteries? But, after our two big cases, I learned the answer is: A lot!

All the Five Star Detectives are going to take turns writing here. Adina will probably have to fix Nosson’s spelling. And I can’t think of how Miri is going to write anything. But she always wants to do what the rest of us are doing, so she says she’ll write. And, who knows? Like I said before, sometimes the littlest Five Star Detective can surprise everyone!