Here's what reviewers have to say about Robin's books:
"Readers ready for chapter books will solve the crime and then be surprised by the twist at the end. Here's hoping for more hard-boiled detecting from Wilcox and Griswold!”
— The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake earned a starred review and was selected a 2015 best middle-grade book by Kirkus Reviews
Gr 1–3—When crime happens, especially when food goes missing on the farm, everyone knows who to call: Wilcox and Griswold, mouse crime fighters and food detectives. When Miss Rabbit's carrot cake goes missing, they're on the case. Using the latest technology (video surveillance) and old-fashioned police interrogations, they get to the bottom of the mystery. There are plenty of amusing characters and even more hilarious puns to be found along the way. With lovely, warm full-color illustrations on every page and case file/journal-style entries, this simple tale will be a hit for advanced beginning readers. It is a fantastic choice for that last step before chapter books (perhaps before another famous mouse detective/journalist known for his illustrated easy chapter books). Sweet and charming, this title offers a simple mystery that provides just the right amount of whodunit mixed with humor and good friendship. VERDICT Reminiscent of Marjorie Weinman Sharmat's "Nate the Great" series (Random), this well-illustrated work will find plenty of readers and should find a home in most school and public libraries.—Elizabeth Nicolai, Anchorage Public Library, AK
— School Library Journal review of The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake
"A whodunit for newly independent readers with wordplay galore."
— Kirkus Reviews review of The Case of the Poached Egg
"The short chapters, good use of white space, and plentiful illustrations make this series a great choice for newly independent readers. The egg-based mystery is appropriately hard-boiled in its style and well-stocked with groanworthy puns that will draw kids in.”
— Booklist review of The Case of the Poached Egg
"Completely “pig-dic-u-lous”—and a whole lot of fun.”
— Kirkus Reviews review of The Case of the Bad Apples
"A witch’s search for a good night’s sleep results in numerous run-ins with nursery rhyme and fairy tale characters in this entertaining story from Newman (The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake) and newcomer Ewald. A redheaded young witch named Hildie can’t get to sleep after a giant moves in next door with a “noisy beanstalk elevator” that goes “clangity, clank, clunk all night long.” Then an elderly woman with a “gazillion” noisy children shows up (their home is part Converse sneaker, part retro mobile home), and a wolf huffs, puffs, and blows the roof off Hildie’s house. After enlisting the dubious services of a realtor rat, Hildie realizes that there really is no place like home, using ingenuity to solve her neighbor problems. Sound effects and Hildie’s irate interactions with black sheep, blind mice, and other recognizable characters more keep the story moving quickly, and this is an exceptionally strong debut for Ewald. His gauzy, caricatured images meld playful modern details with familiar storybook figures—readers will have fun spotting cameos by Humpty Dumpty, Little Miss Muffet, and more.”
— Publishers Weekly review of Hildie Bitterpickles Needs her Sleep
Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep was selected an American Booksellers Association's 2016 ABC Best Books for Young Readers.