The Case of the Baffled Bear (High Rise Private Eyes Series #7)


Why is Bernard the Bear baffled?

Well, for one thing, he has lost his whistle and he can't figure out where it is.

For another thing, he has just met Jack Jones–one of the High–Rise Private Eyes and a very fine detective in his own right–and Jack won't stop talking about . . . pretzels!

Luckily for the baffled bear (and for kids who are ready to read on their own), Jack takes...

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Why is Bernard the Bear baffled?

Well, for one thing, he has lost his whistle and he can't figure out where it is.

For another thing, he has just met Jack Jones–one of the High–Rise Private Eyes and a very fine detective in his own right–and Jack won't stop talking about . . . pretzels!

Luckily for the baffled bear (and for kids who are ready to read on their own), Jack takes the mystery (and the bear) back to the high–rise to meet Bunny Brown.

Bunny is the brains of the operation, and she quickly determines that it's high time for the High–Rise Private Eyes to open case file #7: The Case of the Baffled Bear.

Bunny and Jack, animal detectives, take a break from playing cards to look for Bernard Bear's missing messenger whistle.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
In case number seven, private detectives Bunny and Jack have a very unusual case to solve. The tale opens with them playing a game of Slap Jack and they play for pretzels. Bunny who is the brains of the team is also the winner at cards. She gets the pretzels and enjoys eating them while Jack watches. Not able to stand it anymore, Jack races out to get some taffy and returns with it and a bear named Bernard. He is a messenger, but he has lost his whistle, which he uses to alert people that he is racing around on his bike making deliveries. With Bunny and Jack on the case, it is just a matter of time until the culprit is identified and the case solved. In the meantime, there is plenty of humorous banter among all the parties, and a true act of kindness on the part of Bernard when he lends out his whistle. The colorful, breezy illustrations from Karas also convey much of the humor and kids will eagerly await the next case to be solved by the High-Rise Private Eyes. 2004, Greenwillow/HarperCollins, Ages 6 to 8.
—Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Bunny Brown and her raccoon sidekick, Jack Jones, solve another mystery. Bernard, a bear, has lost his whistle in the park and the detectives return to the scene of the crime to look for clues. As they search, Bunny makes jokes about Jack's name (referring to a game of Slap Jack and saying, "Just be nimble, Jack"), and Jack is busy smelling spring, so it doesn't look like they are off to a good start. Before long, however, they hear the sound of the whistle and discover that a robin with laryngitis had borrowed it to fill in for his voice. Rylant keeps her audience interested with her witty humor and lovable characters. This book combines the accessible charm of her "Henry and Mudge" series (S & S) with the detective work of Marjorie Weinman Sharmat's Nate the Great (Delacorte). Done in acrylic, gouache, and pencil, the colorful artwork depicts the action and highlights the humor of the text. With sophisticated vocabulary and clever banter, this book will be a top pick for more confident readers.-Bethany L. W. Hankinson, Miller Elementary School, Newark, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060534509
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/21/2006
  • Series: I Can Read Book 2 Series , #7
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 402,586
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Rylant's gift for conveying the enchantment and beauty to be found in everyday life is seen in such award-winning books as Missing May, winner of the Newbery Medal; A Fine White Dust, a Newbery Honor Book; and The Relatives Came and When I Was Young in the Mountains, both Caldecott Honor Books.

Books she's written and illustrated include the much-beloved Dog Heaven and Cat Heaven.

Cynthia Rylant grew up in West Virginia. She now lives in the Pacific Northwest.

G. Brian Karas has written and illustrated several award-winning children's books, including On Earth and Home on the Bayou: A Cowboy's Story, a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book. The picture books he has illustrated include Are You Going to Be Good?, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book written by Cari Best. Mr. Karas lives in Rhinebeck, New York.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Pretzels 7
Chapter 2. The Case 15
Chapter 3. The Whistle 29
Chapter 4. Solved 39
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