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The Case of the Purloined Professor
     

The Case of the Purloined Professor

by Judy Cox, Omar Rayyan (Illustrator)
 
Frederick and Ishbu live in Miss Dove’s classroom, where they learn—and eat—to their hearts’ content. But one fateful evening Natasha arrives with disturbing news: her father, a famous professor and scientist, has gone missing! For the second time in their lives, the rats embark on a worldwide journey. They travel the globe to save their

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Frederick and Ishbu live in Miss Dove’s classroom, where they learn—and eat—to their hearts’ content. But one fateful evening Natasha arrives with disturbing news: her father, a famous professor and scientist, has gone missing! For the second time in their lives, the rats embark on a worldwide journey. They travel the globe to save their friend and meet such colorful characters as a secret clan of badgers, two vicious rat terriers, and a stuffy English show mouse. It’s another whirlwind adventure they’ll never forget!

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
In the second installment of this rollicking mystery series, rat brothers—and polar opposites—Frederick and Ishbu spring into action when a friend from their past returns and implores them to find her missing scientist father. Following clues that lead them on an international trek from San Francisco to Scotland to the pinnacle of the Swiss Alps—and into one close call and dangerous scrape after another—the duo use their bravery, some newly acquired skills, and even a bit of book learning to rescue the scientist and elude their arch nemesis, the Big Cheese. Cox's memorable animal characters and action-packed globe-trotting will delight fans of the previous title and newcomers alike.
Children's Literature - Cynthia Levinson
From the dedication alone—"to all the fifth graders who have ever asked, ‘What do I need to know this for. When will I ever use this?'"—you know you are in the hands of an author who knows kids and classrooms. From the Shakespearean epigraph "The day shall not be up so soon as I,/To try the fair adventure of tomorrow," you know she has high standards for both. She also has and meets high standards for herself as a writer. This second book in the series, "The Tails of Frederick and Ishbu," (note the pun in the title) opens with two, fifth-grade-classroom rats, one fat and sluggish, the other a nerd, dashing into the maw of a golden dragon in San Francisco's Chinatown parade. This opening both dramatically engages readers and demonstrates the author's clever technique of slipping nuggets of knowledge into easily gulped scenes. The story of how they trek from that parade to Scotland where they deal with a suspicious badger who speaks with a deep brogue and on to Denmark and Switzerland in search of the beautiful Russian rat Natasha and her father, Professor Ratinsky, is hilariously convoluted and beguilingly suspenseful. Along the way, they must escape the Big Cheese, defeat enemy possums, out-run rat terriers, and take advantage of an impending avalanche. Safely back in the classroom, the professor says, "never underestimate good education." Cox demonstrates his wisdom with an afterward about rats, poets, and San Francisco. The book has enough adventure and romance to attract both boys and girls, enough suspense to entertain unwilling readers like Ishbu, and enough information to involve nerds like Frederick. Reviewer: Cynthia Levinson
School Library Journal
Gr 4–5—When their friend Natasha's father gets kidnapped, Frederick and Ishbu, two rats, set out to figure out who took Professor Ratinsky and why. Things take a turn for the worse when Natasha is captured as well. With the help of the A.B.O.B. (Ancient Brotherhood of Badgers), these two detectives discover that the "Big Cheese" has abducted their friends in order to take over the world and kill all humans. Frederick and Ishbu travel to Europe to track down Tasty Tails Pet Food Company (Big Cheese's factory) in the Alps and try to stop him before life as they know it is gone forever. This fast-paced story has lovable characters, humor, and unique plot twists. The author also does a great job of integrating facts about the history and cultures of the places the rats visit without intruding on the story. Young readers will enjoy this high-flying, mountain-climbing adventure.—Kira Moody, Hunter Public Library, West Valley City, UT
Kirkus Reviews
Following beautiful, cinnamon-scented Natasha, adventurous Frederick and his food-loving brother, Ishbu, leave their comfortable classroom cage and travel through Scotland and northern Europe to rescue her father, Professor Ratinsky, from the clutches of the nefarious Big Cheese. As readers of The Mystery of the Burmese Bandicoot (2007) already know, these are no ordinary fifth-grade rats. Ishbu is loyal and determined, and Frederick can read. His inventive mind and extensive knowledge of geography make it possible for all four of them to escape treacherous show mouse Mo-mo, rat-terrier henchmen Snip and Snarl, and the blind possum Big Cheese himself. The story moves quickly, helped by cliffhanging chapter endings, but the author (a former teacher) packs in interesting incidental information and intriguing new vocabulary. An afterword offers more detail about topics as varied as show mice, mousetrap catapults and the San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade. A sequel that can stand alone, this lively adventure will appeal to able middle-grade readers who like to learn as much as Frederick does. (Fantasy. 8-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761455448
Publisher:
Amazon Childrens Publishing
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Series:
The Tails of Frederick and Ishbu Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
710L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

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