#918 The Chocolate Sundae Mystery created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Chocolate Sundae Mystery created by Gertrude Chandler WarnerThe Chocolate Sundae Mystery created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Aldens go to their favorite ice cream parlor, but it’s different and they’re not sure they like it. The decor is different and the people are different. They learn that the ice cream parlor has been sold. Things aren’t going well with the new owner yet, so the Aldens immediately volunteer to help out. They wait tables; they make sundaes and sodas.

As always, strange stuff starts happening. Ice Cream disappears. The whipped cream is sour. People complain. Who would be stealing ice cream? The Aldens plan a sting to catch the ice cream thief.

What I liked

I like ice cream fairly well, so a book about ice cream isn’t bad.

What I didn’t like

Ok, so ghosts aren’t real, but precognitive dreams are? Benny dreams that glass is broken in the ice cream parlor and glass is actually broken in the ice cream parlor, which Benny did not do.

I’m not dissing on precognitive dreaming at all, but it is “woo.” The problem with woo in this book is that this series is notoriously anti-woo. This inclusion of woo is not consistent with the series. The Aldens are never going to find Big Foot or get abducted by aliens. A precognitive dream should not be a plot point in a world where woo is not appreciated.

Overall

Someone stole my dang ice cream cone.

Weigh in

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Would Sherlock Holmes use a psychic?

#786 The Ice Cream Mystery created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Ice Cream Mystery created by Gertrude Chandler WarnerThe Ice Cream Mystery created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

An ice cream shop is in town, which the Alden children really enjoy. They get to know the people who own the shop and are generally happy with the ice cream they consume. This does not mean everyone is happy about the ice cream shop though. 

One guy doesn’t like the horse the shop uses to pull their ice cream cart. He complains about it and says things like, “This horse better not be annoying, or else.” He doesn’t actually say that. I’m paraphrasing. 

Another guy wants to buy the ice cream shop out. 

A woman buys an ice cream cone takes one bite of it and then throws I away. Blasphemy! I know. 

Things start happening. Phony orders are placed. Signs are posted on the shop saying it is closed. Things go missing, big things. Who would do such terrible things to a home town ice cream shop? A lactose intolerant person with a desire for retribution? Who knows? 

What I liked

I like ice cream, sometimes. 

A horse pulling an ice cream cart is pretty neat.

What I didn’t like

Who would sabotage an ice cream shop? Losers. 

Overall

You scream. I scream. We all scream because someone stole our ice cream and we’re disappointed now. 

Weigh in

If you were severely lactose intolerant, would you actively campaign against dairy purveyors?

Would you be more likely to buy ice cream from a cart pulled by a horse?