The Mud Flat Mystery

The Mud Flat Mystery

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by James Stevenson
     
 

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What's inside the box?

It's a quiet morning in Mud Flat when Hobart the deliveryman delivers a large, mysterious package to Duncan's porch. With Duncan away on vacation, the neighborhood is wild with curiosity. What could be inside? is it food? Should they guard it? Can the residents of Mud Flat wait for Duncan to get home and open the box, or will their

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What's inside the box?

It's a quiet morning in Mud Flat when Hobart the deliveryman delivers a large, mysterious package to Duncan's porch. With Duncan away on vacation, the neighborhood is wild with curiosity. What could be inside? is it food? Should they guard it? Can the residents of Mud Flat wait for Duncan to get home and open the box, or will their curiosity get the best of them?

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Publishers Weekly
In 12 accessible chapters, brimming with Stevenson's signature pen-and-inks, the inhabitants of Mud Flat (first introduced in The Mud Flat Olympics) are determined to find out what's inside a mysterious package sitting on Duncan's porch. Ages 7-10. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
With his characteristic uncomplicated lines, pale watercolor washes, and attention to space, James Stevenson creates scenes that are at once familiar and hilarious. It's true in his storybooks, his cartoon books, and his simple beginning readers like this one. Here are short sentences written on short lines and organized into short chapters that tell an amusing story about curiosity run amuck. The deadpan postman delivers a BIG package to an empty house, and the wide-eyed citizens of Mud Flats take it from there. The enjoyment is less in the mystery of what's in the box (though we are curious) than in wondering just how far the folks are going to let their curiosity carry them. There's also fun in watching the characters' faces as their expressions tell as much of the story as does the text. But mostly, there's satisfaction in knowing that a tale well told can also help kids along the road to independent reading.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2When a package is delivered to an absent denizen of Mud Flat, his neighbors cannot contain their curiosity. In the course of their investigations, the box bursts open and a bicycle is revealed. Fortunately, the owner returns in time to claim his property before disaster strikes. The animal characters, drawn in watercolor and ink, have wonderfully expressive faces. The illustrations perfectly complement this lighthearted exploration of overwhelming curiositya trait young listeners will identify with. Written in 12 short chapters, the story will be great for one-on-one sharing. A welcome companion to Mud Flat Olympics (1994) and Heat Wave at Mud Flat (1997, both Greenwillow).Lisa Smith, Lindenhurst Memorial Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
The very slightest of mysteries (what's in the big box on Duncan's porch?) is parlayed into 12 short, delightful chapters with a very large cast of animal characters in this funny, easy-to- read addition to the Mud Flat canon (The Mud Flat Olympics, 1994, etc.). Overcome by curiosity and unable to wait until Duncan comes home to find out what's in the box, his neighbors try unsuccessfully to spy out the contents (a new bicycle) and get themselves into trouble. In just a few lines of dialogue and small ink-and-watercolor illustrations, Stevenson establishes the characters' foibles. His understated humor is right on target for the age group, and while many books in this format are deadly to read aloud, this one is a blast.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062034137
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/02/2011
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
64
File size:
9 MB
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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