Kell and the Detectives


Kell and the Detectives

by Darcy Pattison, illustrated by Rich Davis

ALIENS FOR KIDS! Chapter Book Series for Boys and Girls: Book 4

Fun and Humor: Detectives are at Work!

Kell makes a startling discovery: he has zigzag fingerprints. Worse, Mrs. Lynx and the Society of Alien Chasers know about the fingerprints, and they are on the hunt. Everyone turns detective in this continuing adventure of an alien family from planet Bix, who struggles to make ends meet by putting on birthday parties for kids. But the stakes are higher than ever because Kell’s mom has just laid a beautiful green egg. With Mrs. Lynx on the prowl, can Kell and Bree keep the egg safe?

Do Historians Act as Detectives?

For History Day, Kell and friends must figure out which teacher created a special graffiti poster. And graffiti just got a lot more fun when a white concrete fence gets a new coat of paint.

A new spin on books for readers in grades two, three, four, and five

  • Easy Chapter Book series
  • Chapter Book Series for boys
  • Chapter Book Series for Girls
  • Chapter Book Series for ages 7-10

Humor for Kids – “A Funny Book”

The alien family, the Smiths, understand little of Earth’s culture, which results in funny situations. Crazy songs and graffiti make this an exciting read.

Discover what other readers already know

“Amusing, accessible, engaging”Publisher’s Weekly review of Aliens, Inc. Chapter Book series, Book 1: Kell the Alien


  • BOOK 1:Kell, the Alien
  • BOOK 2: Kell and the Horse Apple Parade
  • BOOK 3: Kell and the Giants
  • BOOK 4: Kell and the Detectives

Art Teachers: Every volume stars with a scene in the art classroom, creating something fun.
Family story: When the Smith family is shipwrecked on Earth, they must learn to depend on each other.

Rights Information

World, excluding English

Marketing Information

Available in paperback, hardcover, ebook, and audio formats in English.



  • “amusing” and “engaging and accessible.” - Publisher's Weekly

  • "VERDICT This fun chapter book series is out of this world." School Library Journal

Author Biography

DARCY PATTISON, Children’s Book Author: Published WorldWide

Growing up, author Darcy Pattison ( wanted to be an astronaut. Instead, she writes about space in this early chapter book. Published in nine languages, she has been published with Harcourt, Philomel/Penguin, Harpercollins, Arbordale, and Mims House. Her books received recognition for excellence with starred reviews in Kirkus, BCCB and PW. Twice her books have been honored as U. S. National Science Teacher’s Association Outstanding Science Trade books. The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman (Harcourt) received an Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature Honor Book award, was named a U.S. Notable Book in Language Arts, and has been reprinted in a Houghton Mifflin textbook.

RICH DAVIS, Illutrator

Rich Davis, illustrator for the Aliens, Inc. series has wondered, "What could be better than getting to do black and white cartoon work for a sci-fi easy reader?" Working on this book has been one big fun-making experience. Rich has also illustrated 12 other children's books, including beginning reader series, Tiny the Big Dog (Penguin). His joy is to help kids develop creatively and he has invented a simple drawing game (Pick and and an activities book as a fun tool that now have a following around the world. He frequently does programs at schools and libraries in order to draw with thousands of kids yearly. For him, it is a dream come true and he recognizes that the source is from God alone.

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Bibliographic Information
  • Pub date: March 2015
  • English
  • 9781629440286
  • United States
  • Hardback
  • Primary Price: 22.99 USD
  • Pages: 118
  • Mims House
  • Readership: Children
  • Publish State: Published
  • Copyright Information:

    c. 2015 Darcy Pattison

  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 inches
  • Illustration: 90-100 Black and White line drawings
  • Series: The Aliens, Inc. Series
  • Series Part: 4