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Mr. Chickee's Funny Money
     

Mr. Chickee's Funny Money

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by Christopher Paul Curtis, Joe Holt (Read by)
 

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Mr. Chickee, the genial blind man in the neighborhood, gives 9-year-old Steven a mysterious bill with 15 zeros on it and the image of a familiar but startling face. Could it be a quadrillion dollar bill? Could it be real? Well, Agent Fondoo of the U.S. Treasury Department and his team of Secret Government Agents are determined to get that money back! But Steven

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Mr. Chickee, the genial blind man in the neighborhood, gives 9-year-old Steven a mysterious bill with 15 zeros on it and the image of a familiar but startling face. Could it be a quadrillion dollar bill? Could it be real? Well, Agent Fondoo of the U.S. Treasury Department and his team of Secret Government Agents are determined to get that money back! But Steven and his best friends, Russell and Zoopy the giant dog, are more than a match for the Feds. After all, Steven is the president of the Flint Future Detectives Club, and the inventor of fantastic spying and detecting equipment such as the Snoopeeze 9000!

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Editorial Reviews

This novel by Newbery Award-winning author Christopher Paul Curtis begins with a simple money transfer. Mr. Chickee, the genial blind man in the neighborhood, hands nine-year-old Steven a mysterious bill. It contains no fewer than 15 zeros. Could it be a quadrillion-dollar bill? Steven and his best friends, Russell and Zoopy the dog, are determined to find out. A hilarious detective story by author of The Watsons Go to Birmingham and Bud Not Buddy.
Publishers Weekly
"Offering catchy lingo, bigger-than-life predicaments and an array of boldly drawn characters," wrote PW, "this book is well aimed at readers in search of an unconventional and comical brand of mystery." Ages 8-12. (Feb.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
As the story opens, nine-year-old Steven sheds copious tears over the demise of his "best friend this week," while dubious government agents surround him. He then flashes back to the real beginning, when his friend, Mr. Chickee, gifted him with a strange-looking dollar bill, complete with 15 zeroes and an unfamiliar face. Priding himself on his detective skills, Steven is determined to crack the mystery. Initially sharing the bill only with seven-year-old Russell and his huge dog Zoopy, Steven eventually approaches his father, who declares it a fake quadrillion dollar bill with a picture of James Brown, Godfather of Soul. Steven's mother, however, sends father and son to the Treasury Department for further explanation. Enter Agent Fondoo, a bumbler whose top secret conversation (overheard by Steven) reveals that it is one of five "high denomination bills accidentally allowed into public circulation." Desperate for the bill, agents pursue Steven and Russell as they make their escape aboard Zoopy. In a crazy climax, Zoopy and Steven fall into a dam and Zoopy disappears, assumed dead (cut to opening chapter). In the end, Zoopy returns, Steven and Russell receive rewards, and several unresolved questions open the door for a potential sequel. Written in a breezy, tongue-in-cheek style, this wacky, original story featuring a resourceful and likeable African-American boy is fun-reading on many levels. One word of warning, though--some of the funniest bits may be over middle readers' heads. 2005, Wendy Lamb Books/Random House, Ages 11 to 15.
—Naomi Milliner
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-A humorous and exciting tall tale about nine-year-old Steven, who loves helping his blind neighbor, Mr. Chickee, run his errands. When the elderly man tells Steven he is going on a long trip, he gives the boy a present and tells him to keep it secret. When Steven finally opens the surprise, he finds a quadrillion dollar bill. With the help of his younger friend, Russell, and Russell's drooling, giant dog, Zoopy, Steven manages to evade the smarmy and slightly inept Agent Fondoo from the U.S. Treasury Department, who is desperately trying to get the bill back. Curtis piles the laughs on in this fast-paced mystery. The interactions between Steven and his dad, who uses every opportunity to educate his son (much to Steven's irritation); the dictionary whose copyright page constantly writes insults; and the boy's miraculous spying invention called the Snoopeeze 9000 all serve to give the novel a sense of whimsy and magical realism. Characters are very interesting but the plot is the important thing here. Curtis presents both adults and children as flawed but brave. This book will surely appeal to reluctant readers as well as anyone who wants to laugh and find intrigue and just a little bit of magic.-B. Allison Gray, John Jermain Library, Sag Harbor, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
When Mr. Chickee gives fourth-grader Steven Carter a special present, he sets in motion this first in a humorous series starring the Flint Future Detectives. Steven calls in the experts: Mom and Dad. Dad helps clear up the first mystery: It's a quadrillion-dollar bill, with the face of James Brown, godfather of soul. It's funny money, of course. But Mom isn't so sure. Secretly armed with a hidden amplifier, Steven goes with his father to visit a U.S. treasury agent. He learns that his bill is legitimate, but the government wants it back. Steven calls in reinforcements, his best friend Russell Woods and Russell's oversized dog, Zoopy. The story continues with a madcap chase in which the two boys ride the dog down a busy highway and Steven ends up doing the appropriate thing with the money, surviving a fall over the Flint River dam, but nearly losing Zoopy. The zany action will appeal to middle-grade readers and the fast pace makes for an excellent read-aloud. Another winner from a master storyteller. (Fiction. 8-11)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307280770
Publisher:
Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/11/2005
Series:
Flint Future Detectives Series , #1
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.98(d)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Christopher Paul Curtis grew up in Flint, Michigan. He and his wife, Kay, have two children and live in Ontario, Canada.

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Mr. Chickee's Funny Money 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Steven lives in the neighborhood of Mr. Othello Chickee. Since Mr. Othello is blind and somewhat elderly, Steven takes him on Sunday outings and to the grocery store to help aid him in his grocery shopping experience. Steven usually gets paid by means of Verners and salt and vinegar chips, except for one eventful time. One day, Mr. Othello gives Steven a dollar bill that has fifteen zeros! Steven finds out that this bill is actually a quadrillion dollar bill. Steven of course lets his best friend Russell and Russell's dog, Zoopy know about this mysterious bill. It is then found out that there are only "five" of these bills circulating around, and so Agent Fondoo from the U.S. Treasury Department tries to get a hold of this bill. Steven's dad is hesitant, simply guiding his son to the dictionary when questions revolving around the bill are asked. Due to the bill's rareness, Steven will get a reward of $20,000 if he turns it in. This bill leads to a mysterious journey, one sad happening, but overall of lots of laughs!
John Grau More than 1 year ago
Great book
mcalexan28 More than 1 year ago
I thought that this was a funny and eventful story however I was crushed in the beginning. I did not like how the book started off with the main character witnessing his best friend's death. It did not make me want to find out why someone jumped off a bridge because we were immediately told that it was because they were being chased by agents of the department of treasury. However I did like the strengths of the book. When reading Mr. Chickee's Funny Money, Curtis was able to vividly paint a picture of what it was like to be a member in the Carter family home. He gave great insight into the family and gave each character a distinct personality. Being from Michigan, I also really liked his display of local color to Flint Michigan. After reading the book, I wanted to look up the places that the characters went especially Kearsley Dam. This is a great beginning book to an adventure. I would recommend this book to someone in the fourth or fifth grade who enjoys adventure or mystery.
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Was a great book
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Good
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Great book!!
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This book is awsome :) :}
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is hilarious, a good one for parents to read to their children, especially if they are reluctant readers. It's zany and short and part of an on-going series (I hope! 2 out so far). Plus it provides a great way for adults to introduce kids to the music of James Brown.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1 "But Mom the party-" "Byee!love you!" "Don't do this to me!!" She walks out the door and shuts it. Ugh, can someone explaine why the h311 ,y lifes horribly pathetic?When something FINALLY goes right it ends up wrong? Now I can't go to Micheals party! Because I have to take care of my little brother. Wtever. So I hop in the tub and take a nice looong hot shower when my little brother Jason comes banging on the door like a maniac. Fu<_>ckin midget. "What?!!'i yelled peeking behind the curtian. "You have a fu<_>ckin phone call b!+ ch!!" Ok. Yea he's only seven. But he has cuzzing problems. And I have to deal with him all day. "Suuure. Whatever" " I need to use it!!" "Use the one in Mom and Dads room!!" "But I'm too lazyyy!" "Owell.." "FINE!!"he yells stomping off. Thank god!!.....eventually 5minutes later..... "Alex!!!! U have ap one call!!..".. Ugh. Bang!Bang!Bang!!"Alex! U have a-" "Tell them TO GO F THEMSELVES N TO GO TO H311!!!!OK?!!JUST LEAVE ME ALONE!!" "Ok...umm hello? Yea...my sister said to go f urself and to go to h311...mm idk....ok...she aalso said.....she hates u soo much she could vomit and that ur so ugly ur face looks like it got scraped off the road!" Only then did I realize maybe he WASNT lying this time. "$h!+!!!" Jumped out of the bathtub and wrapped a towel around me and opened the door. "Give me the phone!"I hissed. "Say pleaaase!" "Ugh please!" He hands me the phone. But too late...the person hung up.. Thanks Mom...thanks a whole lot.(chap2nxt res later.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Your book is very awsome and very very funny text back
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Poor :'( bad bad bad! F*** this crappy book
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story was about a boy named Steven. Steven always help Mr. Chickee'a blind man' with his groceries on Saturday. Mr. Chickee only liked Steven in the neighborhood. When Mr. Chickee was going away for two months, he gave Steven a gift for helping him. The gift a supposingly a quadrillion dollar bill. Is it real?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Chickee¿s funny Money is about a boy named Steven. Steven is the only kid who is nice to Mr. Chickee. Mr. Chickee is an old blind man. When Mr. Chickee was about to leave for two months he gives Steven a gift. The gift is a quadrillion-dollar bill. However the government wants the dollar bill. They chase him and something bad happens. What is it??? I did not like this book very much and did not rate this book very high because I just did not understand it very much. There were a lot of words that I did not know what they meant or how to pronounce them. I would not recommend this book for any one younger then 3rd grade.It was not believable because I did not follow it very well. I could not picture it in my mind. Also I do not think there is such thing as a super super super giant dog or a dog that you can put in you pocket. I also did not like this book because it is about a boy.