The Case of the Troublesome Turtle (High-Rise Private Eyes Series #4)

Overview

Mr. Paris ties balloons outside his toy store every morning. On Fridays, the balloons disappear! What is special about Fridays? And who is taking the balloons?

This sounds like a case for the High–Rise Private Eyes –– Bunny Brown and Jack Jones, ace detectives and very best friends!

Bunny and Jack, animal detectives, investigate the disappearance of the balloons from the neighborhood toy store.

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Overview

Mr. Paris ties balloons outside his toy store every morning. On Fridays, the balloons disappear! What is special about Fridays? And who is taking the balloons?

This sounds like a case for the High–Rise Private Eyes –– Bunny Brown and Jack Jones, ace detectives and very best friends!

Bunny and Jack, animal detectives, investigate the disappearance of the balloons from the neighborhood toy store.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Every Friday morning, the balloons outside Mr. Paris' toy store disappear. It's a perfect case for Bunny Brown and Jack Jones, the High-Rise Private Eyes. Bunny appears to be the smart one, but it's Jack who solves the case when he discovers a young turtle waving the balloons at a football game. It's also Jack who teaches Bunny that TGIF means "Thank Goodness It's Friday," when Bunny thought Friday just meant "Gee I have a ton of homework." Cynthia Rylant is an accomplished writer and even in a very simple, Level 2 "I Can Read" book, she provides endearing characters, humor and suspense, and multiple chapters. The story could even generate classroom or family discussion about whether it's okay to "borrow" someone else's balloons if it's for a good cause. The illustrations are not particularly memorable but they are bright and plentiful. By the end, super sleuth Jack has a new meaning for TGIF which many new readers will want to adopt, "Thank Goodness I'm Fantastic." The book is number 4 in "The High-Rise Private Eyes" series. 2001, Greenwillow,
— Karen Leggett
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-This fourth offering from the High-Rise Private Eyes series by Cynthia Rylant (HarperCollins, 2001) is read by William DuFris, the voice of the popular TV character, "Bob the Builder." The main characters are detectives Jack Jones (a raccoon) and Bunny Brown, and the book is divided into four chapters. In the first chapter, the characters are involved in character-revealing interaction; in the second chapter the case is introduced; in the third the detectives present their hypothesis; and in the final chapter the mystery is solved. In this story, Bunny Brown is painting a picture of Jack Jones. Green and yellow balloons keep disappearing from the front of a store owned by Mr. Paris, a hippo who wears a beret and speaks with a French accent. Jack and Bunny analyze the clues, and finally the mystery is solved in a fun and satisfying manner. DuFris does a fine job of lending character to each of the voices. The use of some sound effects and background music adds a nice touch. Side one of the cassette has page-turn signals, but the sound of a page being turned is very quiet and muted, and children caught up in the story may miss the signal. Side two of the cassette is straight narration. Beginning readers will enjoy these gentle mysteries-Maren Ostergard, Bellevue Regional Library, King County Library System, WA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060013233
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Series: I Can Read Book 2 Series, #4
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 328,647
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Rylant's gift for conveying the enchantment and beauty to be found in everyday life is seen in such award-winning books as Missing May, winner of the Newbery Medal; A Fine White Dust, a Newbery Honor Book; and The Relatives Came and When I Was Young in the Mountains, both Caldecott Honor Books.

Books she's written and illustrated include the much-beloved Dog Heaven and Cat Heaven.

Cynthia Rylant grew up in West Virginia. She now lives in the Pacific Northwest.

G. Brian Karas has written and illustrated several award-winning children's books, including On Earth and Home on the Bayou: A Cowboy's Story, a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book. The picture books he has illustrated include Are You Going to Be Good?, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book written by Cari Best. Mr. Karas lives in Rhinebeck, New York.

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