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The Mystery of the Monkey's Maze
     

The Mystery of the Monkey's Maze

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by Doug Cushman
 

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The worlds greatest detective, Seymour Sleuth, returns for a new adventure jam-packed with mystery, suspense, and surprises! After solving The Mystery of King Karfu, our fearless hero travels to the rain forests of Borneo to find out who is trying to prevent the famous explorer Dr. Irene A. Tann from discovering the legendary Black Flower of Sumatraa possible cure

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The worlds greatest detective, Seymour Sleuth, returns for a new adventure jam-packed with mystery, suspense, and surprises! After solving The Mystery of King Karfu, our fearless hero travels to the rain forests of Borneo to find out who is trying to prevent the famous explorer Dr. Irene A. Tann from discovering the legendary Black Flower of Sumatraa possible cure for the hiccups.

Author Biography:

Doug Cushman is the creator of several I Can Read Books about Aunt Eater, the mystery-solving anteater, as well as two mystery picture books about Seymour Sleuth: The Mystery of King Karfu and The Mystery of the Monkey's Maze. He lives in Redding, California.

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Mailbox Bookbag
Seymour Sleuth of The Mystery of King Karfu famed has pulled out his casebook once again. This time he finds himself in the rain forest of Borneo. Someone is hampering the scientific search for the Black Flower of Sumatra thought to cure hiccups forever! That fiend is also writing threatening notes. But which of the three suspects could it be? The scrapbook-style format showcasing such items as airline and luggage tickets, photos, an airsickness bag, maps, and mystery clues make this a great book for reluctant readers. They will barely notice that they are learning geography while they read.
Children's Literature - Sharon Tolle
Detective Seymour Sleuth and his assistant Abbott Muggs travel the world taking on one baffling mystery after another. They'll solve any crime anywhere. This adventure takes them to the rain forests of Borneo, where a possible cure for hiccups is being obstructed because of threatening notes left for Dr. Irene A. Tanner. This fearless duo examine every piece of evidence and eventually put this case to rest, but not before they discover an unexpected surprise at the Monkey's Maze. The pages of this story are laid out in daily/journal form written by Detective Sleuth with each day bringing new clues to be pieced together. Cushman has authored several other mystery books and received the Ruben award for his outstanding illustrations.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-Seymour Sleuth returns in another amusing adventure. Threats to a famous scientist seeking a rare plant lure the detective and his photographer sidekick to the wilds of Borneo. As in his previous outing, Seymour keeps a written account of his investigation in scrapbook style. Snapshotlike illustrations, ticket stubs, and mysterious notes share space with the sleuth's narrative, notes to himself, and occasional food spills and smudges. The text appears to be hand lettered, adding to the story's appeal and authenticity. It is nonethless easy to read with plenty of space between the lines. Cushman arranges his pages artfully, assuring that all the leads are clearly presented while the story flows smoothly around them. As before, Seymour's "Notes on the Clues" and "Notes on the Suspects" offer young readers the chance to sort out the puzzle for themselves. Humorous details abound, from Seymour's vaccination report to the characters' expressive names to the "hoof" prints taken after the culprit is unmasked. Once again, Cushman has created an entertaining story.-Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A broadly comic, slapstick mystery. Seymour Sleuth is called to Borneo where Dr. Irene A. Tann (an orangutan) is searching for the Black Flower of Sumatra, which will cure hiccups. But her quest is being sabotaged—sand in the sugar bowl, knots in the underwear—and threatening notes are arriving. The intrepid Seymour and his faithful assistant and photographer Abbott Muggs search for clues and interview the other members of the camp: a reporter, a local guide, and Dr. Tann's assistant. Among the clues: chocolate smudges on the notes, and a pin with someone's initials. Seymour solves the mystery, accompanies the band through the monkey's maze where they find the Black Flower and another surprise. All the characters are animals and the text is in Sleuth's notebook printing, with photographs by Muggs attached along with realia like the map of Borneo and their plane tickets. It's very lightweight, doesn't take itself too seriously, and gives readers a funny first taste of some of the well-loved elements of mysteries. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060277208
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/28/1999
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.84(w) x 11.32(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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The Mystery of the Monkey's Maze 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 6 year old loves these Seymour Sleuth books, especially the notebook format. He feels like he's on the trail right along with the characters. Engaging, funny and perfect for the burgeoning readers out there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My sons and I can't wait for the next wonderful adventure of Seymour Sleuth and Muggs.