Top 5 Best Mystery Books for 5-year-olds

From animal adventures to grisly ghost stories, children will love these thrilling tales. See below for the best mystery books for 5-year-olds, including much-loved bestsellers from Lewis Carroll and Andrew Cope.

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1. Spy Dog

Andrew Cope

Lara is a spy with a difference... she's a dog! In this exciting tale, Lara must go undercover as a 'normal' family dog, but can she keep it up? This enthralling and funny adventure is perfect for building the confidence of newly-independent readers and will captivate even reluctant readers.

2. The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett

This beloved classic novel has been reissued for younger readers and will delight young mystery fans. Spoilt orphan Mary Lennox is sent to live at the isolated Misselthwaite Manor, but she will find more magic, mystery and adventure there than she could have possibly imagined when she discovers a secret garden beyond a locked garden door. Can she bring this enchanting place back to life, and what will happen if she does? Her destiny is sure to be changed forever.

3. Usborne Illustrated Ghost Stories

Jose Emroca Flores

What could be more mysterious than some seriously spooky ghost stories? This ghoulishly-illustrated book contains an assortment of traditional spine-tingling tales and hair-raising retellings, all presented in an appealing hardback format.

4. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll

Kids can immerse themselves in a strange and dreamlike world with this enthralling book. Follow the white rabbit down the rabbit hole and tumble into a world where all your normal worries disappear, and you must instead contend with the grinning Cheshire Cat, the nonsensical Mad Hatter and the cruel Queen of Hearts. Full of wonderful wordplay and perplexing puzzles, children will love this riveting read.

5. Puppy Academy: Scout and the Sausage Thief

Gill Lewis

Scout is excited about the day ahead at the Sausage Dreams Puppy Academy. Today, she's taking her Care in the Community badge, an important milestone for an ambitious pup who dreams of becoming a police dog. But when a good deed goes wrong, Scout ends up alone whilst her friends go to take the tests. Will she be able to put things right and redeem herself? Plus, there's a mysterious sausage thief at large in Little Barking - and Scout is determined to catch him...

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    A collection of illustrated tales of ghosts, ghouls and other unexplainable apparitions. This mix of original stories and retellings is presented in an attractive padded hardback format, with a ribbon marker for keeping your place.
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    Children will want to make a very important date with this mini edition of Lewis Carroll's classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass.

    One of the most famous stories of all time, the text is fully unabridged while the characters and scenes have been reimagine in 25 beautiful, full-colour illustrations by Martina Peluso.
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    Andrew Cope's special agent, Lara, is a spy with a difference. The difference is: she's a dog! In Spy Dog, Lara has been told to go undercover as a normal dog with a family because her last mission put her in danger from an evil drugs baron. Lara is a fabulous canine heroine and her adventures are perfect for building the confidence of newly independent readers. Boy and girl readers of five years and above will be captivated by Lara and her adventures.

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
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    Puppies to the rescue! From animal expert Gill Lewis, Puppy Academy is a fun new series introducing young readers to a team of plucky, irresistible puppies, learning their jobs as working dogs. A must for animal-loving boys and girls aged six to eight years. Scout is excited about the day ahead at the Sausage Dreams Puppy Academy - because today she's taking her Care in the Community badge, an important step on her way to achieving her dream of becoming a police dog. But a good deed goes wrong and suddenly Scout is left on her own while her friends take the tests to get their badges. Can Scout put things right and make up for her mistakes? And then there's the mysterious sausage thief who's at large in Little Barking - if only Scout could find a way of catching him...
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    Seven titles in the popular "Young Reading" series are re-issued with hardback covers with audio CDs inserted into a wallet inside the back cover, making the book and CD easy to store together. "The Young Reading" series is developed with reading expert Alison Kelly from Roehampton University to help young readers grow in confidence and ability.