Publishers Weekly, 2000-06-10 PW called orphan sleuth Minnie with a feline sidekick, Max, a "refreshingly nontraditional heroine. Even reluctant readers will keep flipping the pages." Ages 7-10. (June) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 1999-12-13 Lubotsky's right-on childlike voice breathes new life into Giff's (Lily's Crossing) chipper chapter-book whodunit. The debut volume of a new mystery book series introduces spunky young Minnie, an orphan living with her older brother, Orlando, in Florida. While Orlando runs the Catfish Cafe, Minnie finds ways to amuse herself--and earn extra money--by starting a detective agency now that school is out for summer. Her fledgling business gets its first case when a scrawny stray cat wanders into Minnie's life. She names her feline pal Max, and the two begin searching for Max's owner. Along the way, they team up with klutzy police officer Kitty and a new friend named Cash, and before long, the whole gang is looking to expose the sticky-fingered "everything thief," who snatches purses and just about anything else. Lubotsky's eager-sounding voice and well-paced reading will keep young sleuths on this case. Ages 7-12. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1998-11-09 Seasoned chapter-book series author Giff gets her latest, The Adventures of Minnie and Max, off to a snappy start with this caper introducing an aspiring detective who has just finished sixth grade. Her refreshingly nontraditional heroine, Minnie, is an orphan who lives in a seaside town with her older brother, Orlando, owner of a restaurant. In a free-flowing, appealingly impulsive voice, the girl explains how she acquires Max, her feline sidekick, when he jumps from a passing truck into her arms. Moments later, Minnie finds in the street another object that has apparently fallen off the vehicle: an amber ring. Determined to discover the owner(s) of the cat and the ring, the spunky young sleuth tackles a double mystery that brings her into contact with a handful of eccentric characters, including Klutz (aka Kitty), a policewoman in disguise; Leo the Lazy, a shifty fellow who "slouched on the pier"; and Cash, a boy who has claimed an old boathouse for his "club." Like the fare at Orlando's restaurant, where just about every dish contains peaches and walnut shells, Giff's piquant plot mixes together some unlikely ingredients. Yet far-fetched as it is, this brief, whirlwind tale will keep even reluctant readers flipping the pages. Minnie teams up with Cash to find a stolen, prizewinning pigeon in Mary Moon Is Missing, due out the same month. Illustrations not seen by PW. Ages 7-11. (Oct.)
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