The Mystery of the Traveling Tomatoes created by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Alden children are growing vegetables for a local restaurant. It’s a somewhat fancy restaurant. One day, Benny notices that his tomatoes have moved. This is strange because plants usually stay in one place. They have indeed moved. Benny laid out all of his tomato plants with a ruler.
Around the same time that tomato plants started moving around there was a robbery in town. The armored car driver came around, as usual, but it turns out it wasn’t the armored car guy. This was evident when the real armored car guy showed up later. What happened to the money? How could there be two armored car guys in town?
The Aldens do some snooping of course. How they managed to get the armored car route from the company is unlikely, but never-the-less, they do. People get used to things they see all the time. All the thief had to do was look like he had an armored car. He also had to look like the armored car driver. How would a person make a car look like it was armored? How would a person make themselves look like another person? Once the Alden’s start to answer these questions, they start to figure out who the thief is and also what happened with their tomatoes.
What I liked
The Traveling Tomatoes–sounds like a hipster band or a hipster, vegan food truck, either way, the title sounded intriguing, so, of course, I read it.
It’s not as interesting as a hipster band or as a hipster, vegan food truck. I guess the whole mystery was somewhat interesting. It’s pretty clever actually. It seems a bit shoddy, but if you fool people with something so shoddy, then maybe they deserve to be fooled.
What I didn’t like
What armored car company is going to invite kids in and show them armored car routes? This is not feasible, nor is it likely, at least from an information security standpoint.
If the tomatoes in your garden start moving, maybe it’s moles or maybe it’s a thief moving your tomatoes around, either way, they better quit it because your tomatoes’ growth is going to be interrupted.
Would you eat at a hipster food truck called Traveling Tomatoes?
Is it more clever to impersonate someone and then rob something, or is it more clever to come up with a plan where no one knows you robbed anything?