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Mr. Chickee's Messy Mission Hardcover – January 23, 2007

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Grade 3–6—This second book about the Flint Future Detectives is part mystery, part tall tale, part fantasy, and all fast-paced, zany comedy. When Russell's dog, Rodney Rodent, follows a winking gnome through a mural near the Halo Burger, Russell and his friends, Richelle and Steven, follow. They find themselves in Ourside on a porch with Mr. Chickee, who had given Steven a quadrillion-dollar bill in Mr. Chickee's Funny Money (Random, 2005). The kids have been summoned to this alternative universe to save Ourside by understanding the prophecies of the Chronicles of Zornea-Hu, the first Old Soul. They set out to find Rodney Rodent, hiring a surly guide who leads them to H.A.L.F. Land, where the unfinished, unused characters of fiction live. Curtis's spoofing with B. T. Bowling and the Hairy Plodder books, with The Great Morose Fire-Spewing Clabbernabber, is one of the novel's hilarious highlights. The surly guide steals Great-great grampa Carter's wildly funny insulting dictionary, setting the stage for the third book. Loaded with exclamation points and full of tongue-in-cheek asides, this book will be welcomed by those who enjoyed the young detectives' first adventure. Wacky characters, improbable happenings, weird challenges, and a chaotic plot will all conspire to have readers saying, as Russell does, "GULP!"—Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME
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They're baaaack! Steven and Russell, the Flint Future Detectives, return to solve another wacky magical case. Led by their new president, know-it-all Richelle Cyrus-Herndon, the smartest girl at Clark Elementary, the guys find themselves in an alternative universe called "Ourside" (Earth is "Yourside," and its people are known as "Your-o-trash"). While there, the children encounter their old friend Mr. Chickee, who entrusts them with a new mission: save the world. Impossible? Not for these kids. Led by Marvin, the surliest guide in Ourside, the intrepid detectives set off to decipher the riddles of the Chronicles of Zornea-Hu. "Abbot and Costella meet Harry Potter" is probably the best way to describe what happens, but most readers will be too busy laughing--or groaning--to care. The only thing left to say is that an inconclusive ending promises another adventure to come. Michael Cart
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 990L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books (January 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385327757
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385327756
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,092,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Christopher Paul Curtis's fast-paced sequel to MR. CHICKEE'S FUNNY MONEY, Mr. Chickee's Messy Mission needs no prior familiarity to prove a fun adventure, and stands well alone for any elementary-level collection catering to grades 3-5. Here Steve, Russell and Richelle are in a different universe with Mr. Chickee when their dog Rodney Rodent vanishes and they try to find him before the Oops-a-Daisy clock hits zero. Zany characters and events pack a fun leisure read.
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This sequel to Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money can be read alone without bother. Little anecdotes of its predecessor flow smoothly into the rhythm of the story at hand. Sometimes a bit too wordy—too many descriptors—and sometimes the humor is archaic—will kids nowadays understand old fashioned references? But, it’s quirky, and readers love that, and refreshingly a bit odd. Most of all, if you care to keep reading, you will find the characterization is superb, and the story, when condensed to Russell and Buster B. Bayliss, takes off on a banner tangent that will do nothing more than engross the reader. Yes-! Here’s a wonderful adventure, and the story leaves you hanging! Where, oh where, is Book 3?
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My two grandson's (8 and 11), husband and I were listening to this excellent book on tape while we were on a family holiday and decided to stop at the Halo Burger in Flint for lunch as it is mentioned in the book. We had the extreme good fortune to bump into Christopher Paul Curtis in the restaurant, in town to speak at the Flint Library. He kindly offered to have his picture taken with us in front of the large mural on the wall outside that is prominantly featured in the book. The story was really fun and great for family enjoyment as is the companion book Mr. Chickee's Funny Money. I purchased two copies of the book so I could give the boys a copy and we had them signed by the author!
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Purchased for my 10 year old but turned out I enjoyed it myself as an adult as I read it to all three of my kids. They even asked for another Mr. Chickee's book in which lucky I had purchased at the same time I bought this one ; )
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A Kid's Review on November 26, 2011
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Mr. Chickee's Messy Mission was very funny and exciting. It had a couple of twists in it, but it was fun. My favorite character was Russell because he has to go in a bunch of situations and he is the funniest one of all. He is 6 years old. Overall, Mr. Chickee's Messy Mission was one of my favorite books to read.
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