Friday, July 19, 2024
The Case of the Red-Bottomed Robber!

The Case of the Red-Bottomed Robber!

by Mark Warner
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The young chalks are busy at the chalkboard but someone keeps stealing their drawings. Mrs Red calls Sergeant Blue to investigate but when the culprit is caught, he absconds in a cloud of chalk dust. The chalks find another way to lure the suspect into their hands and it is only then that they discover they’ve misjudged the poor chalk rubber all along…


  • Write a newspaper article about the disappearing pictures.
  • Retell the story from the point of view of the board duster. Why did he want to erase the chalks’ pictures?
  • Can you write a new story about the chalks? What other adventures might they have?
  • Plan a new mystery story for Sergeant Blue to investigate.
  • Can you find other stories that include a detective and have a mystery to solve?
  • Record a read-along video based on this story. Here is one example:


  • Look at the illustrations of the ‘suspicious-looking characters’. Can you measure the height of each one?


  • At the start of the story, the chalks are called in for lunch. Plan a healthy meal for them.
  • At one point in the book, the chalks create a rainbow. What is a rainbow? Write an explanation text that teaches other people about them.
  • Learn about fingerprints and how they are sometimes used to solve crimes.


  • Design a game in which the chalks have to catch the chalkboard duster.
  • Create an animation of the chalks chasing the board duster.

Design Technology:

  • Design and make a new box for the chalks to stay in.


  • Create your own illustrations using coloured chalks.
  • Retell the story in a comic strip.
  • Look at how the expressions of the characters in the book. Can you create pictures of a piece of chalk showing different types of emotions?
  • Try mixing different colours together. What new colours can you make?
  • Look at the page that shows the chalks’ paths when they chased the robber. Could you create a similar illustration?
  • Create a set of statements that describe a ‘robber’ and ask a friend to create a picture of them based on your clues.


  • How has detective work (and their equipment) evolved over time?
  • Learn about real detectives from history. What famous cases did they solve?


  • Can you find out the names of different colours in other languages?


  • Look at the expressions of the chalks at different points in the story. How would you describe their emotions?
  • Talk about the differences between right and wrong. Was the board duster right to erase the chalks’ pictures?
  • How did these characters resolve their problems? How do you resolve any problems / misunderstandings that you might have with friends?

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