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Mr. Chickee's Funny Money

by Christopher Paul Curtis

Published by Wendy Lamb Books / Random House, 2005
151 pages
ISBN: 0385327722

Ages 8-11

Nine-year-old Steven has never seen money with as many zeroes as are on the bill his elderly neighbor Mr. Chickee gave him. And he’s never seen a picture of a black man on currency before, let alone one who looks quite so funky. Steven’s dad, a music purist and avid record collector, identifies the man on the money as the Godfather of Soul—James Brown. A hilarious, over-the-top novel follows Steven’s determined and highly innovative efforts to find out the truth about this quadrillion-dollar bill (U.S. mint—the real deal) from the Treasury Agent determined to cover it—and the money’s very existence—up. Christopher Paul Curtis’s story is brilliantly grounded in how a nine-year-old believes—or wishes—the world really works. So adults do behave like children sometimes, a dog can be a hero, and aspiring detective Steven’s various inventions, like the Snoopeze 2000 listening device, really do work. CCBC Category: Fiction for Children.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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