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The High-Rise Private Eyes #1: The Case of the Missing Monkey (The High-Rise Private Eyes #1)

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Deep in the heart of the city. . .Mac's favorite glass monkey is missing. Who would take a glass monkey? And why?

This sounds like a case for the High-Rise Private Eyes--Case #001, to be exact, "The Case of the Missing Monkey"

Because no mystery is too mysterious, no puzzle to puzzling, no crime too criminal, no trouble too troubling for ace detectives and very best friends
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Hardcover, 48 pages
Published August 31st 2000 by Greenwillow Books
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Catherine
the case of the Missing Monkey

What happens when you lose something? Will you call the police? Will you care?
How will you feel? Or are you going to solve the problem yourself? According to Cynthia Rylant, the characters Jack and Bunny they are detectives, they solve cases together. Jack and Bunny try to find the “missing monkey” for the shop keeper, Mac.

The story begins as Mac told Bunny and Jack that the glass monkey is missing. So Jack and Bunny starts their adventure of “the case of the Missi
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Read by: Aaron
Author: Cynthia Rylant Illustrator: G. Brian Karas
Genre: Mystery
Interest Level: K-2
Grade Level Equivalent: 2.1

Jack and Bunny visit their favorite restaurant only to find that the owner is missing his miniature monkey statue. After some questioning, the two deduce that one of the "regular" customers that morning likely took it. Returning the next morning, they observe the same customers; however, as Jack focuses on each animal's food selection, Bunny pays attention to the important
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Esther Choi
There are two detectives in this book: Jack and Bunny. They are hilarious characters that constantly bicker about the smallest things. While they are eating at the local grill, the owner of the store asks them if they can help him figure out who stole the glass monkey that was near the cash register. The two of them take notes on their surroundings and work together to solve the mystery. Young students would love trying to figure out the mystery with all the notes/hints they gather. The characte ...more
Danielle
This is a super cute early chapter book. The vocabulary is fairly controlled and repetitive, the mystery makes sense, and the dialogue is funny.
Henry
MCL. The second chapter was too long.
Kaethe
I like Bunny, and how good a friend she is to Jack, despite his quirks. I was amused.

Library copy.
Dolly
Jul 06, 2009 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: beginning readers and parents reading with them
Shelves: 2009, childrens, mystery
The books in the High-Rise Private Eyes series are great for new readers as well as for younger children who like mysteries, but cannot sit still long enough for bigger chapter books. The characters are funny and they interact much as siblings do. The mystery in this book was fairly simple, but interesting, and I like that it encourages children to be observant. We've read this one a couple of times.
Nadine Jones
My older daughter LOVES mysteries, and this series was just perfect for her when she was ready to start chapter books. Jack and his partner Bunny have a dry wit, and often the jokes would amuse me greatly, but go over her head. That's part of what makes these books perfect: there is a level of great enjoyment for the child reader, AND a level of enjoyment for the adult who listens. Plus, a mystery to solve!
Natalie
As a parent, these books drive me nuts. The plots are cute but there's so much dialogue (with the "Bunny said" after each statement made by Bunny) that they are obnoxious to read out loud.

The kids love them and don't mind listening to it though :-) We have a few of them and they like all of them.
Mary Ann
A glass monkey is missing from The Grill Next Door and the restaurant is full of suspects. This is just the sort of case for high-rise private eyes Bunny Brown and Jack Jones. Kids will laugh as these two friends bicker, banter and solve the mystery in this fun series for beginning readers.
Tricia
This is the first in the High-Rise Private Eyes books (a "series" that does not need to be read in order). I got a kick out of how Bunny carefully went through her reasoning in solving the mystery. Too neat? Not for the target age group - it's a good example of logical reasoning.
Emily Warner
This is the first book in the series High-Rise Private Eyes. Bunny Brown and Jack Jones help to solve mysteries all over the city. In this story, they are looking for a missing glass monkey in a restaurant. This would be a great book to read when teaching about the mystery genre.
Kelly
Apr 29, 2011 Kelly added it
Shelves: easy-reader, mystery
This is a good Rylant book where I'd read more in the series. It was funny and looks interesting from the cover and the inside. Now that I remember, it was kind of annoying but I think that's funny to little kids.
Molly
A fun mystery series for beginning readers. The readalong recording is great. The reader uses fun inflections, but still maintains an even reading pattern, so as not to lose struggling readers.
Frank
Frank just thought it was okay. He wasn't blown away by it.
Jennifer Kaap
Fun mystery series for beginning readers. Loved these characters!
Sarah
Cute, though not spectacular. Nate the great light.
Sarah
Another summer reading book--first grade
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Good thing they found the thief. Jeneen & Bella
Christi
Cute beginning reader chapter book.
Victorb
Mar 10, 2011 Victorb is currently reading it
thay are missing a monkey.
Zoe
I loved it.
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An author of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for children and young adults as well as an author and author/illustrator of picture books for children, Cynthia Rylant is recognized as a gifted writer who has contributed memorably to several genres of juvenile literature. A prolific author who often bases her works on her own background, especially on her childhood in the West Virginia mountains, she ...more
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