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The mystery of the monkey's maze
Cushman, Doug.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : coll. illustrations map, ; 29 cm
The great detective Seymour Sleuth and his photographer Muggs travel to Borneo to help find the legendary Black Flower of Sumatra, a possible cure for the hiccups.
Reading Level:
330 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.7 0.5 48031.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.8 2 Quiz: 20801.

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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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After solving The Mystery of King Karfu, our fearless hero travels to the rainforests of Borneo to find out who is trying to prevent the famous explorer, Dr Irene A. Tann, from discovering the legendary Black Flower of Sumatra - a possible cure for the hiccups.

Author Notes

Doug Cushman was born in Springfield, Ohio, on May 4, 1953. He moved to Connecticut with his family when he was 15 years old. Cushman attended a private art school in Connecticut called the Paier School of Art.

While in high school he created comic books, selling them to his classmates for a nickel a piece. He also drew a comic strip for the school newspaper. Since 1978 he has illustrated over 80 children's books, 14 of which he wrote himself.

Aunt Eater Loves a Mystery is a Reading Rainbow book. Other awards include a notable trade book honor from the National Council of Teachers of English for King Karfu, a nomination for the 1998 Garden State Children's Book award for Aunt Eater's Mystery Christmas and the 1996 Rebuen Award for Magazine and Book Illustration sponsored by the National Cartoonists Society for King Karfu.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 5^-8. This clever mystery will really engage kids. It marks the return of famous detective Seymour Sleuth, who made his debut in The Mystery of King Karfu (1996). This time, Seymour and his sidekick, Abbott Muggs, find themselves in the rain forests of Borneo, where the great explorer Dr. Irene A. Tann is searching for the legendary Black Flower of Sumatra, which is believed to be a cure for the hiccups. Dr. Tann is receiving threatening notes, and it's up to Seymour to find the culprit. The book's pages are lined to look like notebook pages, complete with dated entries that describe the action, drawings, and physical clues. The mystery is easy to follow yet challenging, and kids will love the cast of colorful animal characters. Cushman's illustrations add to the fun, with animated jungle scenes depicting all the action. A great way to introduce or reinforce deductive reasoning. --Lauren Peterson

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 4-Seymour Sleuth returns in another amusing adventure. Threats to a famous scientist seeking a rare plant lure the detective and his photographer sidekick to the wilds of Borneo. As in his previous outing, Seymour keeps a written account of his investigation in scrapbook style. Snapshotlike illustrations, ticket stubs, and mysterious notes share space with the sleuth's narrative, notes to himself, and occasional food spills and smudges. The text appears to be hand lettered, adding to the story's appeal and authenticity. It is nonethless easy to read with plenty of space between the lines. Cushman arranges his pages artfully, assuring that all the leads are clearly presented while the story flows smoothly around them. As before, Seymour's "Notes on the Clues" and "Notes on the Suspects" offer young readers the chance to sort out the puzzle for themselves. Humorous details abound, from Seymour's vaccination report to the characters' expressive names to the "hoof" prints taken after the culprit is unmasked. Once again, Cushman has created an entertaining story.-Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.