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Starred Review. Grade 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
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Gr. 4-6. Curtis tries something new in this book, which begins the Flint Future Detective series. Mostly mystery with a touch of fantasy, the story introduces Steven, a bright kid, whose adventure begins after he receives a quadrillion dollar bill from Mr. Chickee, a blind neighbor that Steven helps out. The money's signature feature is a picture of soul singer James Brown. After Steven discovers that the money is legit, he finds himself pitted against Treasury Agent Foondoo, which leads to a chase in which Zoopy, a dog belonging to Russell, Steven's partner in crime, is seemingly killed. But all's well that ends well when the money is returned, rewards are given, and Zoopy reappears unharmed. There's plenty of action, and the humor is high--though much of it, unfortunately, is at the expense of Steven's father. Curtis' writing style, fast-paced and full of improbable happenings, may be too stylized for some readers, but many kids will enjoy the heady mix of conspiracies and everyday happenings. The explanation of how Brown's picture landed on the quadrillion dollar bill is a hoot. Ilene Cooper
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ABSOLUTELY AMAZING AND FUNNY- MY SON WHO IS IN 5TH GRADE LOVE IT- WE ARE 80% DONE WITH BUD NOT BUDDY, GREAT AUTHOR, HIGHLY RECOMMENDEDPublished 10 months ago by Mumsy2004
Mr. Chichee's Fuuny Money arrive on time. This was a good purchase -- no problems. My child is excited about the book.Published on January 6, 2012 by C. Perry
I am an elementary school teacher and I had Mr. Chickee's Funny Money in my pile of books to read for over a year. Read morePublished on July 8, 2010 by S. Turnbull
Fantastic book for reading out loud with the family. Boys and girls (parents too) will laugh all the way through the book. Read morePublished on January 19, 2010 by WillowTwink
My first introduction to this book was through an audio CD we listened to on a long summer vacation. Read morePublished on January 19, 2009 by Taylor
"Mr. Chickee's Funny Money" was very slow in the beginning. However once the story started moving, it was fun to read. Read morePublished on October 30, 2008 by Jackson
How can I not love a book with a sassy magical dictionary and a cuadrillion-dollar bill with the hardest working man in show business on the front? Read morePublished on July 31, 2008 by David Evans