|Written by||Linda Hayward|
|Series||Sesame Street Book Club|
It's Ernie's birthday, and he decides to do all his favorite things. First up is a bath with his Rubber Duckie. But before he can get into the tub, the phone rings. He answers it, and Big Bird asks if he'll be home around 2 o'clock. When Ernie says yes, he hangs up, much to Ernie's confusion. When Ernie returns to the bathroom, his Rubber Duckie is missing!
He quickly calls Sherlock Hemlock for help. The unfortunate detective finds every rubber item in the apartment, while Ernie takes his bath and gets dressed. Sherlock Hemlock then finds evidence of a pink and yellow monster in the kitchen and decides to hide.
At 2 o'clock, the doorbell rings. It is all of Ernie's friends, and they have brought balloons and decorations to have a party for him. Ernie is still sad that his Rubber Duckie is missing. Cookie Monster brings a big decorated cake out of the kitchen, with Rubber Duckie sitting right on top! He explains that he borrowed the duckie to decorate the cake.
A triumphant Sherlock Hemlock declares that he has solved "The Case of the Missing Duckie"!
Book and audio editions
Some audio editions have the slightly altered title of "The Case of the Missing Rubber Duckie".