The Cereal Box Mystery created by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Benny sure wants that detective badge that you can send off for if you get all the stars from the cereal box. It’s his lucky day when the housekeeper buys more than one box of cereal. The strange thing is that the cereal box has some rather interesting prizes inside of it. They’re pretty nice for cereal box prizes.
There is a jewelry shop in town and the owner has reported a theft. A ruby jewelry set he has recently bought, which is quite costly, has been stolen. There was a man who stole it, but they can’t figure out who it is. Well, the Aldens are here now; they’ll help the jewelry shop owner figure out who stole those jewels.
What I liked
In ways, this is a little less exotic than some of the other boxcar children stories. Sure there are still jewels involved, but they’re not in a foreign country or traveling half-way across the world.
What I didn’t like
As if police or owners would let children anywhere near costly jewelry. Let me tell you something, kids are some common culprits in jewel thefts. If you find some of your jewelry is missing, but there are kids around, those should probably be your first suspects. They like shiny things. The older ones who have drug problems like the money that selling said shiny things to pawn shops will get them.
When I was a kid, I found a diamond ring in a parking lot, the Sears parking lot, in fact. It was worth around four-hundred dollars, not a ton. Whatever the deal was, it was determined that there wasn’t an owner, or one couldn’t be found. Did my mom let me keep the ring or any money that might have resulted from the sale of the ring? Nope. She kept it for herself. In my experience, even if a kid does legitimately have nice jewelry, it’s probably suspicious anyway. In reality, you know, finder’s keepers; any money garnered from said ring should have been mine.
Cereal box prizes suck these days.
What would you do if you found jewelry that didn’t belong to you?
Has any of your jewelry ever gone missing?