Good Crooks Book One: Missing Monkey

Good Crooks Book One: Missing Monkey

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When their parents steal a monkey from the zoo to help them pick pockets, our heroes rush into action and return the wily animal using disguises, inventions, and old-fashioned shoe leather. They also learn what a monkey can do in 11 minutes: 1) Stick his fingers in your right nostril. 2) Lick your eyebrows, pick his teeth, and then wipe his finger on your shirt. Giggles and guffaws will be the result of anyone reading Book One of Good Crooks.

Author Mary Amato is a star of state master and children's choice lists and returns to the age category of her popular Riot Brothers chapter book series with this funny, silly new series.
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Paperback | 122 pages
  • 132 x 194 x 8.64mm | 120g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 1 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1606845098
  • 9781606845097
  • 595,163

Review quote

"A new chapter-book series about do-gooder thieves kicks off with a monkeynapping.
While most parents want their children to be law-abiding citizens, bacon-loving Billy Crook and his inventor twin sister, Jillian, are home-schooled by their professional thief parents to keep their covers safe and practice the skills of the 'trade.' Billy's easygoing, quick-paced narration describes the blunders he and Jillian face when they decide to secretly do good deeds. In their first 'caper, ' the twins go in disguise to a clean-up day at the zoo. When their parents follow them and steal a monkey in the process, Billy and Jillian attempt a series of unsuccessful yet humorous schemes to return the monkey without their parents' knowledge. In the second, simultaneously publishing story, Dog Gone! (978-1-60684-397-0; 978-1-60684-510-3 paper), the pair faces a similar scenario when they decide to raise money for an animal shelter by earning the money through a bake sale. Once again, their parents steal an animal, this time Poochie Smoochie, the poodle star of a popular TV show. A concluding twist in the twins' true identities saves the second volume from being just a rehash of the first and sets the scene for more titles.
Scrappy song lyrics, energetic illustrations and plenty of potty humor keep the hilarity high for reluctant readers." --Kirkus Reviews

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About Mary Amato

Mary Amato has written many acclaimed books for children including Invisible Lines, which was nominated for the California Young Readers Medal and the Missouri Truman Readers Award, and her first book for young adults, "Guitar Notes," which is on the KY Bluegrass Master List. Amato's debut novel, "The Word Eater," appeared on many state lists, and"The Naked Mole-Rat Letters"followed suit, gathering even more fans. She is also the author of a chapter book series starring the Riot Brothers, which began with"Snarf Attack," "Underfoodle," and"The Secret of Life: The Riot Brothers Tell All." She lives is Silver Spring, MD. You may visit her online at
Ward Jenkins is an animator and an illustrator. His first picture book was"How to Train with a T. Rex and Win 8 Gold Medals"by Michael Phelps and his second was"Chicks Run Wild"by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallan. He cannot outswim Michael Phelps--yet! He lives in Portland, OR."
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