1.26.2011

Detective City: High Rise Private Eyes

The High-Rise Private Eyes #3: The Case of the Puzzling Possum (I Can Read Book 2)Mom says:
The extremely prolific author, Cynthia Rylant, has an easy reader series,  High Rise Private Eyes featuring soft-boiled detectives of the furry variety. There are eight books in the series. They are very dialogue heavy and while they are fun easy readers, I wouldn't necessarily recommend them as a read aloud. Reading dialogue fluently is an important skill for every budding reader to practice, but unless the parent enjoys dramatics, it might not make for the most interesting listening experience. (Although it could be argued that listening to dialogue is important, too. So what do I know?)

Nonetheless, my six year old very much enjoys reading this series on his own. The characters Jack (the "snoop"), and Bunny (the "brains") banter and cajole their way through the city while solving minor crimes, like missing sugar cubes and lost whistles.  Various urban locales are represented such as: apartments, parks, diners and high-class hotels. I've always liked G. Brian Karas' illustrative style, and I think your kids will, too.

So, if you have an early reader, check out a couple of these books for him to test drive.

Big Kid says: Mom, I need #7 next.

4 comments:

Ellen said...

oh my goodness! i must respectfully disagree - these are our favorite read alouds!!!!! rylant has been great for us in that they are nice big kid books for which even the little one will sit and be enraptured.

actually, M and i will sometimes say to each other "concentrate, jack!" in the same jack-bauer-from-24 way we say it when we read the book. (ok i say we but he gets full credit for that inspiration)

anyway, yes, love high rise private eyes. big time.

Lindsay N. Currie said...

Ah, we're always in the market for easy readers so this could be awesome!

LitLass said...

My 8-year-old read a couple of these when he was 6, I think. I'll have to introduce them to my 5-year-old soon.

Yours might also like 3-2-3 Detective Agency (a graphic novel).

Brimful Curiosities said...

This is one series I haven't read yet. Wonder if my daughter would like them. She loves mysteries. Thanks for adding your post to the I Can Read Carnival!

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