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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Unabridged edition (5 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330469517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330469517
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.7 x 18.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 464,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emma Kennedy studied English at Oxford, but it was there that she fell into Comedy - writing and performing in university sketches and taking a disastrous show to the Edinburgh Fringe. Emma then started work in television, appearing on programmes such as The Big Squeeze with Mel & Sue and Loose Women, and writing for things like Late Lunch, and Radio 4 and 5. Her awards are too numerous to count (the Comedy Lounge Best Actress Award; Sony Awards for her Radio writing), and she's been in an Utterly Butterly advert. Since then her writing and acting highlights have been: My Family, Big Brother's Little Brother, Goodness Gracious Me, Tracy Beaker and Katy Brand's Big Ass Show. Emma's hilarious holiday memoir (for adults), The Tent the Bucket and Me was published with great success. Emma's extensive comedy training, however, has all been building to this pinnacle -- the writing of children's books!

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 July 2009
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Wilma Tenderfoot is an orphaned girl who lives on Cooper Island in the Lowside Institute for Woeful Children. She dreams of escape and of becoming the apprentice of the detective Theodore P. Goodman, whose every case she slavishly follows in the newspaper.

Her chance comes when she is sent to skivvy for an eccentric old woman who happens to live next door to Theodore P. Goodman himself. In her enthusiasm to help him solve the mystery of the Frozen Hearts she becomes mixed up in all kinds of off the wall and highly dangerous escapades.

Wilma is an appealing heroine and the book is an amusing cross between Lemony Snicket's 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' series, in which terrible things happen in a witty manner to resourceful children, complete with dictionary definitions of complex ideas and words, and Sherlock Holmes.

There is a lot of very daft humour in this book, such as people with intensely smelly feet, people who wish to name jewels after pickled onions and size obsessed evil villains, which means it will appeal to children hugely and make them laugh out loud. And enough gruesome moments with autopsies, death by poisoned blow pipes and buckets of brains to make them shiver deliciously. I look forward to the next in the series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By F. Proctor VINE VOICE on 28 Nov. 2009
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I read this book with my 9 year old daughter. We both enjoyed it and she tells me she can't wait for the next one, so brownie points for me with this choice. Personally I found it fun to read, as other reviewers have said - a tad reminiscent of Lemony Snickets' 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' but still its' own book. I haven't anything else by the author but on the strength of this book I'll be getting more from her to read with my youngest. Good Fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charlie-CJ HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 10 Dec. 2011
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Ten year old orphan Wilma Tenderfoot wants to be a detective, and she has all the right traits, being funny, feisty, cheeky, charming and, above all, determined. Wilma lives in the Lowside Institute for Woeful Children, supposedly being looked after by the unpleasant Mrs. Waldock of Howling Hall. Wilma discovers that her new next-door neighbor is the renowned detective Theodore P. Goodman, and he has a new case. Wilma wants to become Mr. Goodman's apprentice, and with the help of her beagle, Pickle, she makes deductions, follows leads, and scouts out suspects. She's sure she'll win the famous detective over and crack the case, as soon as Pickle stops eating the clues. There's murder, mystery and missing jewels, giving the book the air of a Poirot TV episode. My daughter, aged 16, enjoyed Frozen Hearts, although being older she did prefer the 'Young Sherlock Holmes' series of books. She thought the book would would suit 9 to 12 year olds, and that it was particularly girl friendly.

There's now a few books in the Wilma Tenderfoot series: Wilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Frozen Hearts (published 2009), Wilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Putrid Poison (2010), Wilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Fatal Phantom (November 2010), and Wilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Rascal's Revenge (2011). They are aimed at kids aged 9+. Author Emma Kennedy is an actress and writer who has appeared in many award-winning comedy shows including Goodness Gracious Me and The Smoking Room, and she has written for 'Tracey Beaker' and 'Kerching' on CBBC.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By debbie8355 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Sept. 2009
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This is a really entertaining read for children aged approx 8-12. The story rattles along at a great pace with lots of courageous acts, dastardly deeds and corn crumble biscuits. Set on a fictional old worldly island no one has bothered to discover it chronicles the exploits of tomboy 10 year old Wilma Tenderfoot, who is an orphan at the the Cooper Island Lowside Institute for Woeful Children, in her determination to become an apprentice under the tutelage of the renowned detective Theodore P. Goodman.
This book is excellent in the way it manages to explain a complicated plot and detective speak without being condescending. I think children will love the conspiratorial tone of the book with the author often addressing the reader. Wilma is a tenacious, brave hero who really throws herself into every situation. It is a very humorous read with clues to follow and a crime involving a stolen gem to solve. Add in the Annie style heartwrenching nature of an orphan and her dog being mistreated this book is perfect for younger readers. It should even catch the imagination of the most reluctant readers as the book is packed full of action and intrigue. The sentimentality of the orphan story isn't cringe worthy. It's very funny how Wilma has to attend to the awful tasks her 'owner' Mrs Waldock sets her like fishing for bogies and catching spiders for spider soup. Wilma bumblingly outwits the older characters in a very endearing way. The murders in the story aren't frightening with no gruesomeness to worry about and the overall tone of the book is wonderfully lighthearted.
Its not a book for adults but I really enjoyed it, especially the funny scenes where Wilma is at the border between the low and far side waiting to be let in by Trevor. The observations about bureaucracy are hilarious.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Sept. 2009
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Being a fully grown adult I didn't know how much I would like this book, but I found I absolutely loved it. Somewhere in the English Channel is Cooper Island, which seems to be populated by the vast majority of the world's eccentrics.

Wilma Tenderfoot has been in the island's orphanage since a very early age, and all she wants to do is become a detective like her hero, the island's Theodore P. Goodman, and then be able to find any living relatives and why she was dumped at the orphange. When Wilma is farmed out as a skivvy to Mrs Waldock her life takes a drastic turn. Mrs Waldock happens to live next door to Mr Goodman, and she tries to persuade him to take her on as an assistant. Mr Goodman finds himself pluged into a case when a priceless jewel goes missing and dead bodies start turning up. With Inspector Lemone of the official police and Mr Goodman (a kind of Sherlock Holmes) on the case they also have to deal with Wilma turning up all the time with Pickles the beagle that she has befriended. At only ten years of age Wilma may not be the cleverest detective but she makes up for it in sheer determination and gumption. Will the case of the frozen hearts be solved? How many people will be murdered? Will Theodore P. Goodman, or his nemesis, the arch villain (and very little) Barbu D'Anvers find the jewel and the thief/ killer? Will Wilma be able to stay out of the orpanage? Will Wilma ever find her parents, or become the assistant to Mr Goodman?

Read this fantastic book to find out, and also coming early next year, the next book in this new series,Wilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Putrid Poison will be available. Hopefully this series will continue for a long time to come and Wilma and Goodman will solve some great cases, and perhaps along the way find out more about where Wilma came from. This is a great, fun read for children and their parents.
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