Something strange is happening at the Clarksville City Zoo. Late at night, monkeys are scaling the walls and searching the neighborhood-but what are they looking for?
Noah, his sister Megan, and their best friends, Richie and Ella, live next door to the zoo. Megan is the first to notice the puzzling behavior of some of the animals. One day Megan disappears, and her brother and their friends realize it's up to them to find her. Their only choice is to follow a series of clues and sneak into the zoo. But once inside, will they discover there's much more to the Clarksville City Zoo than they could ever have guessed?
©2007 Bryan Chick (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
"A fast-paced mix of mystery and fantasy...It promises to be the beginning of a popular series." (School Library Journal)
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"lots of laughter"
Oh my. It was so fun to listen to my 8yo daughter just belly laugh through parts of thie book as she was listening. Not just once but numerous times.
"My 9 year old loves it!"
Yes. We decided to try an audio book on a car trip and this was the one I choose. My kids loved it. Especially my 9 year old son. He doesn't like to read but when this was done he asked me to buy him the book. I may have found a way to get him more interested in books. Yay!
He did a great job with all the voices and he was great with the sound effects.
Yes. The kids were so bummed every time I had to pause it.
"Many giggles and many listens from my 5 year old"
My daughter loves audio books her three favorites are any Magic Treehouse, The Jesus Storybook Bible (the narrator is excellent besides telling our favorite Bible lessons), and this book. I don't find the narrator all that exciting, but I didn't get the book for me.
"Noah finding his sister"
Yes because it shows how to work together to solve a problem.
"Kids ages 7 and 9"
This book seemed well suited for my 7 and 9 year old.
Some characters in story seemed a bit tasteless like the nerdy yet forever sheepish Ritchie. Some plot lines were poorly developed (like lack of enough detail regarding the secret zoo).
Overall a good book though, and kids did enjoy.
"Is awsome so cool"
I love it can you make 2 one please thank you so muck from Logan
"A lovely concept that fails in it's execution"
The narrator did as good a job as anyone could considering the awful content. If Brian Chick matures in his story telling I would be willing to give him another try, but considering the success his work has achieved I doubt I can expect him to change a winning formula any time soon.
The premise is promising, but the book reads like a first draft.
My 7 year old son recently got this book from the library, and so I purchased this audio book so that I could listen to it on a business trip and follow along while I was away. Considering the interesting premise I found myself hugely disappointed with the poor character development, the weak dialog, the trite descriptions, and the over all "first draft" feel of the work.
"A great listen"
My 8 year old daughter loved this adventure and I enjoyed the bits I 'overheard'. The narrator's voice was a little hard to listen to at times but his character voices were good on the whole. We are looking forward to the sequel being available on audible.
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