Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Bunny has the brains and one assumes that Jack has the brawn. These two, in the tradition of private-eye movies and stories, use their wits to apprehend culprits. This time, it is a missing glass monkey. Keen observation and note taking by Bunny lead her to the realization that the monkey wasn't really stolen, just borrowed to keep a baby amused. The monkey gets returned to its rightful owner and Jack gets an extra bonusa powdered doughnut. Kids will enjoy the banter among the two in this amusing chapter book. Karas has filled the pages of this chapter book with amusing pictures of the anthropomorphic Bunny (rabbit), Jack (raccoon), Mac (dog) and other characters in this first installment in "The High-Rise Private Eyes" seriesLevel 2, Grades 1-3. 2001, Greenwillow/HarperTrophy, $14.95, $14.89 and $3.95. Ages 6 to 8. Reviewer:Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-There's 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. Cynthia Rylant's light-hearted mystery has plenty of rib-tickling drama. Narrator William Dufris provides the voices of melodic Bunny Brown and street wise, fast-talking Jack. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
The six and up crowd has a new series to look forward to this fall. Acclaimes Newberry Medal-award winner Cynthia Rylant has just introduced her first two High Rise Private Eyes stories. These are compact little books...with delightful G. Brian Karas illustrations on every page...Rylant adds interest to the stories with good characterization and feisty dialogue between the two detectives—something that's hard to do with few words and a fairly restricted vocabulary.
The Christian Science Monitor