Everyone is afraid of the robber Hotzenplotz – even the police. When he steals Grandmother’s favorite coffee mill, Kasperl and his friend Seppel ask Sergeant Dimplemoser for help – but to no avail. If Grandmother is ever going to have her mill back, it is up to Kasperl and Seppel to retrieve it.

Of course, a hardened criminal like Hotzenplotz is not only tricky to find. He is also dangerous. A clever plot backfires, and the boys are taken captive. Separating the friends, Hotzenplotz sells Kasperl to an evil magician. Kasperl keeps his wits about him, though, and outsmarts both these malicious men with the help of a fairy.

Translated from its original German, Preussler’s adventure is perfect for beginners (especially boys) who like action. Humorous short chapters with black and white sketches keep the plot moving. A must have for school libraries and classrooms!

Jennifer Minicus is a former teacher currently living in New Jersey.

Jennifer Minicus

Jennifer Minicus lives in New Jersey with her husband and son. A former French, Latin and mathematics teacher, Jennifer currently enjoys the responsibilities of a "domestic engineer", particularly making...