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Case of the Missing Monkey, the with CD (High-Rise Private Eyes (Audio))

Press:Live Oak Media Live Oak Media (NY) (March 30, 2003)
Author Name:Rylant, Cynthia


Monkey BusinessWhen a glass monkey is stolen, High-Rise Private Eyes Bunny Brown and Jack Jones are on the job! But will this be one case that's too tough to crack?

From the Back Cover

Monkey BusinessMac's favorite glass monkey is missing from the counter of The Grill Next Door. 
Who would take a glass monkey? And why?This sounds like a case for the High-Rise Private Eyes -- Bunny Brown and Jack Jones, ace detectives and very best friends!

--This text refers to the Library Binding edition.


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Comment List (Total:2)

  •     I'm a big fan of Cynthia Rylant's books, but I'm disappointed in this book for several reasons. First, Bunny seems typecast and her depiction seems sexist: she goes to pieces over a broken fingernail. Second, the entire first chapter seems silly and unrelated to the mystery. The story really picks up interest when Bunny and Jack enter The Grill Next Door and order breakfast. And encounter a minor, minor mystery: who took the glass monkey that sat near the cash register. As it turns out, the solution is reasoned out by Bunny, and all ends well. The illustrations are wonderful. The two main characters are much too stereotyped.

  •     Cynthia Rylant continues to create memorable stories and characters that resonate with children. The High-Rise Private Eyes series is a spoof on the classic hard-boiled detective stories of the 1920s through 1940s. Jack and Bunny are actually partners in this story though, as compared to the dective/secretary role in the classics. Their partnership is more reminiscent of a brother-sister relationship though, and readers will enjoy the playful exchanges they have with one another. An added plus to the story was the fine use of logic used in the denoument. There are currently 8 books in this series, but there can never be too many stories with Jack and Bunny.


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