Murilla Gorilla, Jungle Detective by Jennifer LloydMurilla Gorilla, Jungle Detective by Jennifer Lloyd

Murilla Gorilla, Jungle Detective

byJennifer LloydIllustratorJacqui Lee

Hardcover | May 30, 2013

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Murilla Gorilla, the jungle detective, is woken up by a new case: Ms. Chimpanzee's muffins were stolen. But who did it? It's up to Murilla to find out... as long as she can find her badge first! Murilla may seem like a hopeless detective—disorganized, messy and always thinking about her next snack—but out of her mess come some pretty good ideas, and some pretty funny moments too.
Jennifer Lloyd is the author ofElla's Umbrellas,One Winter NightandLooking for Loons. When she is not at her writing desk, she works as a kindergarten teacher in Blainville, Quebec. Her students provide her with a wealth of ideas, as do her own two children. Jennifer loves teaching beginning writing to her students, many learning in a ...
Title:Murilla Gorilla, Jungle DetectiveFormat:HardcoverDimensions:48 pages, 9.56 × 5.99 × 0.39 inPublished:May 30, 2013Publisher:Simply Read BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1927018153

ISBN - 13:9781927018156


Read from the Book

The bright sun shone over the African Rainforest.Murilla Gorilla lived in a hut on the mountain. She was asleep.“RING!”It was her phone.“Murilla Gorilla Detective Agency,” Mu­rilla said sleepily. “Murilla, come to Mango Market! I have a case for you,” said Ms. Chimpanzee.“Okay,” said Murilla. She hung up the phone.But Murilla never rushed.“Zzzzzz.” She went back to sleep. “RING!”“Murilla! Where are you?” cried Ms. Chimpanzee.“I am coming,” said Murilla. Murilla got up slowly.She looked for her detective badge.Murilla’s hut was messy.She found her badge. It was in the bath­tub!  “Now I need my backpack. Where is it?”Finally she found it in the fridge. PUTT! PUTT! Murilla drove down the mountain.She always drove very slowly.At last, Murilla pulled into Mango Mar­ket.

Editorial Reviews

CTTC Recommended Read 2014 The New York Times  “Murilla Gorilla” is, above all, a pleasure to read and look at. Like the cheeky rascal who stole the muffins, readers will be hungry for more. Publisher's Weekly Murilla Gorilla joins a proud tradition of sleuths whose cases are solved as much by dumb luck as by skill. Over five chapters, Murilla tries to figure out who ate the banana muffins that Ms. Chimpanzee had been planning to sell at the Mango Market. Readers will quickly get the sense that Murilla isn’t a conventional detective. In the first chapter, she goes back to sleep after getting Ms. Chimpanzee’s phone call, and it takes her some time to track down her backpack and badge (“It was in the bathtub!”). Lloyd (Ella’s Umbrellas) works lots of deadpan humor into her trim sentences. “Do you like bananas?” Murilla asks Ms. Chimpanzee, getting an idea. “Murilla! I am not the muffin thief!” shouts the increasingly frustrated baker. While this is a charming debut for Murilla, it’s also a strong one for Lee—her sherbet palette and friendly characterizations are an ideal fit for the book’s blend of mystery and comedy. When Murilla dons a banana tree costume and tries to stay awake long enough to catch the perpetrator, she’s nothing short of a vision. Ages 5–8. (May)   Booklist There is mischief afoot at the Mango Market, and Murilla Gorilla is on the case. In this first entry in a new series of early reader mysteries, Murilla is hired by Mrs. Chimpanzee to solve the case of her missing banana muffins. Readers won’t need to borrow Murilla’s magnifying glass to follow along with the clues, which establish a motive and possible suspect early on. Murilla’s meandering detection allows readers to meet several supporting characters who represent the variety of exotic animals living in the jungle. And though Murilla may wander, the text does not; the chapters are succinct and the vocabulary focused, keeping new readers on track and interested. The illustrations are awash with soft pastels, creating a backdrop as warm as the sun over the African rain forest. Often sleepy, slightly disorganized, but never in a rush, Murilla Gorilla has her own methods, which mystify and frustrate her client but get the job done. — Kara Dean School Library Journal K-Gr 2 When banana muffins disappear from Ms. Chimpanzee's stall at the Mango Market, Murilla Gorilla is on the case. A trail of crumbs leads her to footprints, which she follows around the market. Mandrill, Hippo, and Tree Frog make impressions in the sand, but they are nothing like the tracks she is following. After taking a break at Leopard's Lemonade Stand, the detective visits Anteater's Crunchy Cookies and Okapi's Hammocks. As neither animal eats bananas, she resorts to a banana-tree disguise that attracts Little Chimp. His footprints match those of the muffin thief. While the satisfied detective sleeps beneath a tree, Ms. Chimpanzee and Little Chimp bake a new batch of muffins. The watercolor artwork features a peach, lime, and turquoise palette, capturing the languid, slow-paced world of the African rain forest. Murilla takes her time examining clues, talking to suspects, and trapping the culprit with a getup from her bottomless backpack. This charming, easy-to-read chapter book will delight emerging readers. - Mary Jean Smith, formerly at Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN Read it, Daddy blog: This book really feels fresh, exciting and it's hilariously funny and we won't shut up about it until you've checked it out. Murilla Gorilla is utterly fab!