Nate the Great is for young readers what the hard boiled detectives in Raymond Chandler's novels are to adults. Written in tongue-in-cheek style by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and charmingly illustrated by Marc Simont, the Nate the Great series of mysteries offers a cast of, well . . strange child characters led by a pancake loving detective and his dog, Sludge. In this story, Nate is called upon to find the grocery list lost by his friend Claude and along the way he eats some very fishy pancakes. Never fear! Nate always solves his cases!