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The Art of the Dragon by Sean McMullen
Baby Dance by Ann Taylor and Marjorie van Heerden
The Case of the Climbing Cat by Cynthia Rylant
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Doctor Who: The Faceless Ones by Terrance Dicks
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Girl on a Bar Stool by Tim Roux
The Great American Marble Book by Fred Ferretti
A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh
Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Kampung Boy by Lat
The Lighthouse, the Cat and the Sea by Leigh W. Rutledge
Love is a Many Trousered Thing by Louise Rennison
Miss Pickerell Goes to Mars by Ellen MacGreggor
Myths, Magic and Legends of Sand Art by Suzanne Lord
On Beyond Zebra by Dr. Seuss
Outside the Lavender Closet by Martha A. Taylor
Secrets Unveiled by Sheshena Pledger
Simulacron-3 by Daniel F. Galouye
Spaceman by Mike O'Driscoll
Testimony by Anita Shreve
A Token of a Better Age by Melinda M. Snodgrass
Tom and Pippo Read a Story by Helen Oxenbury
Thump Quack Moo by Doreen Cronin
Violent Cases by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
The Water Hole by Graeme Base
Wet Cats by Mario Garza
You Are Such a One by Nancy Springer


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The Case of the Climbing CatThe Case of the Climbing Cat: 09/21/09

The Case of the Climbing Cat is the second of the High Rise Private Eyes series by Cynthia Rylant. If you are like me, you know the title from the Backyardigans's episode: "The Masked Retriever" which aired near the end of the 2008-9 season.

Years before "The Masked Retriever" (by far my favorite episode) I received The Case of the Climbing Cat in a box of books. I registered the book on Bookcrossing and added it to my BTC database. I promptly forgot about it because my children were too young at the time for chapter books. When Don Austin had the book checked out and Tasha really wanted it my son asked it was a real book. My off the cuff response was "I doubt it" but I decided to check anyway. Imagine my surprise when I realized we owned a copy!

The plot is straight forward. It's a typical chapter book mystery, similar in level of difficulty to the Encyclopedia Brown books but with a better sense of humor.

Bunny Brown and Jack Jones share a high rise apartment where they run a small detective agency. For their second case (of nine) a neighbor saw someone run of with her binoculars and wants them back.

There's a twist behind the how and why of the binoculars' disappearance. As it's a short book I won't spoil the ending for you.

The High Rise Private Eyes  series:

  • The Case of the Missing Monkey
  • The Case of the Climbing Cat
  • The Case of the Puzzling Possum
  • The Case of the Troubling
  • The Case of the Fidgety Fox
  • The Case of the Baffled Bear
  • The Case of the Desperate Duck

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