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The case of the missing monkey
Rylant, Cynthia.
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Publication Information:
Pine Plains, N.Y. : Live Oak Media, [2003, 2000]

â„—2003, 2000
Physical Description:
1 audiocassette (approximately 14 min.) : analog + 1 book (46 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
"Mac's favorite glass monkey is missing from the counter of The Grill Next Door. Who would take a glass monkey? And why?"
Reading Level:
Grades 1-3.

160 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.3 0.5 43691.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.1 2 Quiz: 22840 Guided reading level: K.
Format :
Sound Cassette

Sound Recording


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
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CASSETTE KIT 1347 Juvenile Fiction Readers

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Monkey Business

When 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?

Author Notes

Cynthia Rylant was born on June 6, 1954 in Hopewell, Virginia. She attended and received degrees at Morris Harvey College, Marshall University, and Kent State University.

Rylant worked as an English professor and at the children's department of a public library, where she first discovered her love of children's literature.

She has written more than 100 children's books in English and Spanish, including works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Her novel Missing May won the 1993 Newbery Medal and A Fine White Dust was a 1987 Newbery Honor book. Rylant wrote A Kindness, Soda Jerk, and A Couple of Kooks and Other Stories, which were named as Best Book for Young Adults. When I was Young in the Mountains and The Relatives Came won the Caldecott Award.

She has many popular picture books series, including Henry and Mudge, Mr. Putter and Tabby and High-Rise Private Eyes. (Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 1^-2. Rylant's newest series for beginning readers, The High-Rise Private Eyes, features two friends, Bunny (a rabbit) and Jack (a raccoon), who employ their professional sleuthing skills in an urban setting populated by dressed animals. In Climbing Cat, Bunny's neighbor needs help finding her stolen binoculars. In Missing Monkey, the owner of a local diner, The Grill Next Door, asks the detective duo to recover a little glass monkey that has disappeared from his lunch counter. Kids will enjoy Bunny and Jack's banter and bickering as much as the mild mysteries. Karas' droll illustrations reflect the innocence and sly humor of the texts. --Carolyn Phelan

Publisher's Weekly Review

Rylant (Missing May; the Henry and Mudge series) delivers two snappy stories full of humor, action and tenderness in the debut titles of this beginning-reader series. From a high-rise "deep in the heart of a big city," unlikely animal pals Bunny Brown and Jack Jones run their busy detective agency, The High-Rise Private Eyes. Their first case requires a stakeout at the Grill Next Door diner, where they observe the regular patrons (one of whom absconded with the cook's prized possession) and enjoy pancakes. Case number two finds the super sleuths figuring out why a cat would "borrow" a pair of binoculars from their neighbor. Though readers may not always follow Bunny's case-solving logic, they will no doubt enjoy the quirky ways Bunny and Jack track down clues and unravel a mystery. Rylant employs lots of rapid-fire, sometimes argumentative exchanges between the friends, demonstrating how different styles and personalities can complement each other. With his plentiful gouache, acrylic and pencil illustrations, Karas adds comical touches of his own, dressing Bunny and Jack in smart outfits appropriate to each situation, and giving Bunny perky, pursed, red lips. Case closed: these books provide plenty of easy-reading fun. Ages 6-up. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-There's a mystery at The Grill Next Door-a missing glass monkey and a restaurant full of suspects. Just the sort of case for high-rise private eyes Bunny Brown and Jack Jones. While Jack uses his ability to sniff out what's on the menu, Bunny is on the way to solving the mystery using her keen observation skills. The glass monkey is returned, and the grateful owner rewards the crime solving duo with a sweet treat. Cynthia Rylant provides a light-hearted mystery for beginning readers with plenty of rib-tickling drama to make them smile. Narrator William Dufris provides the melodic voice of Bunny Brown and the street wise, fast-talking voice of Jack Jones. The audience is drawn into the story because of Dufris's wonderful interpretation of the characters and appropriate sound effects. One side of the tape has page-turn signals (the sound of a page turning) so that beginning readers can follow along, the other side is straight narration. This read-along set can be used by individual students as part of a reading center or as a tool for reluctant readers. A good choice for school and public libraries as well as classrooms.-Mercedes Smith, Kernan Trail Elementary School. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.