Tuff Fluff by Scott Nash
The Case of Duckie's Missing Brain

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From the illustrator of THE BUGLIEST BUG and SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE DINOSAUR STOMP comes a delightful tongue-in-cheek mystery set in the shadowy corners of a toy-filled attic.

He might look like nothing more than a moth-eaten stuffed animal to you and me, but to the residents of Los Attic, this shabby rabbit in the Ace Moving Box is Tuff Fluff, Private Eye. So when the big blue teddy begs Tuff to help Duckie, a once commanding storyteller who now can do nothing but quack, the shrewd hare’s suspicions naturally arise. "Someone has been playing with this fowl," Tuff declares — and before you can say Dashiell Hammett, this hard-boiled detective is hot on the case! With a vibrantly retro flair, humorous visual details, and pun-filled prose, Scott Nash lures readers on the trail of a lovable, long-eared sleuth and his curious crew of discarded toys as they piece together a most peculiar puzzle.

About Scott Nash

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Scott Nash is a designer and the celebrated illustrator of more than twenty picture books, including THE BUGLIEST BUG, SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE DINOSAUR STOMP, and MARTIAN ROCK, all written by Carol Diggory Shields. With TUFF FLUFF, his author-illustrator debut, "I was aiming to create the sort of fantastic dramas that kids might play out with a cast of stuffed animals and action figures," he says. Inspired by everything from the Uncle Wiggly and Raggedy Ann and Andy books to Underdog cartoons and graphic novels, Tuff Fluff is set "around the streets of Los Attic, a city that feels a little like Los Angeles stuck in a 1940s detective movie. The cast of misfit toys created delightful opportunities for parodying the dialogue and style of classic film noir.
Published April 27, 2004 by Candlewick. 40 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Comics & Graphic Novels. Fiction

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In this soft-boiled detective story, based on a witty rivalry between beanbag toys and "stuffs," a terry-cloth duck literally loses his mind.

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