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Mr. Chickee's Funny Money

by Christopher Paul Curtis

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What an imagination! The names and the characters to some people are fictional; but growing up with this authors sister... a lot of the name used were/are actual people in Flint. Another long read yet humorous. Reminds me of the Spanky, Alfalfa, Buckwheat that gang. They were a special group of little boys with out-of-this-world imaginations. Steven, Russell, waterfalls ...Mr. Chickee ( )
  mozella1970 | Dec 8, 2013 |
My Response - Not as powerful as Curtis' Newbery award winners, but a fun and imaginative mystery. The book has a contemporary feel to it with references to music and dance that those familiar with soul will enjoy.

Curriculum - A great book to read to a class for fun as a chapter a day format. The action would appeal to boys and the silliness would be fun for the class to share. Could use to introduce flashback style or tall tales concepts to middle grade readers.
  dingo207 | Jun 19, 2010 |
Anyone can pass off a fake bill for "saving a quadrillion dollars at the grocery store," but when a real quadrillion-dollar bill ends up in Steven's hands courtesy of blind old Mr. Chickee, everyone takes notice, from his family to the Department of the Treasury and its Agent Fondoo.
  thomaslibrarian | Apr 27, 2010 |
Steven seems to be left alone after being washed over a waterfall. Tears are streaming down his face as he believes his best friend is dead and the people chasing him are on their way in this suspenceful, flashback story. ( )
  martinsh | Feb 17, 2010 |
Goofy humor abounds when Mr. Chickee gives Steven a quadrillion dollar bill featuring the face of James Brown. This is the kind of book boys write for each other to enjoy! ( )
  activelearning | Sep 10, 2008 |
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Mr. Chickee, the genial blind man in the neighborhood, gives 9-year-old Steven a mysterious bill with 15 zeros on it and the image of a familiar but startling face. Could it be a quadrillion dollar bill? Could it be real? Well, Agent Fondoo of the U.S. Treasury Department and his team of Secret Government Agents are determined to get that money back! But Steven and his best friends, Russell and Zoopy the giant dog, are more than a match for the Feds. After all, Steven is the president of the Flint Future Detectives Club, and the inventor of fantastic spying and detecting equipment such as the Snoopeeze 9000!


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Flint Future Detective Club members Steven Carter, his friend Russell, and Russell's huge dog Zoopy solve the mystery of a quadrillion-dollar bill with the image of James Brown on it.

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