Mud Flat Mystery

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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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Overview

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?

Author Biography: James Stevenson is a prolific author of picture books, poetry, and young adult novels. His work is read and loved by readers of all ages.

When a large box is delivered to Duncan while he is away, the other animal inhabitants of Mud Flat are consumed with curiosity about what might be inside.

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Editorial Reviews

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: 9780688149659
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/1/1997
  • Series: Mud Flat Ser.
  • Pages: 56
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 320L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.82 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

James Stevenson is an op-ed contributor to the New York Times. His popular column, "Lost and Found New York," has appeared regularly in the newspaper since 2003. He was on the staff of The New Yorker for more than three decades; his work includes 2,000 cartoons and 80 covers, as well as reporting and fiction. He is also the author and illustrator of over 100 children's books. He lives in Connecticut.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    Hawk

    He makes some nests and places a rabbit in the freshkill pile.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2012

    The auther

    It was awesome! Make it longer! I thought the note was not needed. Also please read my stories. Check mud result eight for details. Plus chapter three for three golden cat is out. Tommorow chapter three for nightfall's job is coming out. Please read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2012

    Rite mor

    Loved it ps plz read my story at write res one two four and five its called the last light plz rate at res two

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2012

    Mudshadows path chapter 9!!!!

    Mudshadow woke up to the sound of Nightstream hunting for fish. Nightstream put a fish at his paws. "Want some?" Mudshadow got up and suddenly relized they were there all night... the clan must wonder where he is! Gasping he said "I have to go! See you tonight Nightstream!" Nightstream must have relized the same thing and picked up her fish and vran to Riverclan. Mudshadow ran as fast as he could and slumped down into his nest in the warrior den. Featherbreeze woke up and looked over at Mudshadow. "Why do you look so tired? And smell like the lake?" Mudshadow thought quickly for an excuse. "I- I was sleeping by the lake!" Featherbreeze said "Next time you go can I go too!? It sounds fun." "Err. There probobly won't be a next time..." He mewed as he walked to the fresh kill pile. Featherbreeze looked a tad dissapointed as looked at her paws. "Well why not? We could go on acwalk instead right!" Her amber eyes seemed to burn into Mudshadow's. "No. It might cause trouble..." "TROUBLE?? Are you KIDDING? How can walking cause trouble?!" She gave him an angry look. Mudshadow sighed and said "How about we walk now instead of tonight?" Hopeing she would agree fot that. Featherbreeze rolled her eyes and said "What's wrong with tonight? Are you busy? Wait a second... are you visting RIVERCLAN? THAT'S why you went over to Riverclan at the gathering isn't it!?" Mudshadow bit his lip praying to starclan to find a good excuse. "Last night I sneaked into Riverclan amp and broke out Brightflower... after that I just wanted to sleep by the lake. I went to Riverclan at the gathering to talk to Orangestar. But they didn't let me." He closed his eyes hopeing she would believe that lie. Featherbreeze sighed and said "Fine. I believe you. So lets go on that walk!" Mudshadow let out a gasp of relief as the went out through the hills. "So! What do you think about the war? And those fish taile cats of Riverclan?" She joked. "Well, I don't think Riverclan cats are bad. I mean we ARE all cats are we? So there is really not much of a difference between us. I mean we have been fighting so long we forgot what were even fighting ABOUT. Why should we fight?" Featherbreeze sat down stareing into the woods of Thunderclan. The territory of the noble Glowingstar. She sighed and said "I see your point Mudshadow... but we can't just stroll into Riverclan and say Hey can we just stop fighting and call a truce? I don't that's going to happen. And knowing Orangestar he is just going to kill us. He most likely won't stop fighting until Riverclan wins the war." Mudshadow sighed knowing she was right. He looked over to where the moonpool is. Maybe he could go there and talk to Starclan... he will have to tell Nightstream he can't meet her. He will tell her tonight he thought. Tonight he will go share tougnes with Starclan! ~end of chapter 9
    NOTE PLEASE READ: Im not going to do note often. I just need to tell yall! D: guys im storry school tommorow. Your face right now: >:|
    So that means mudshadows path chapters might be released later :/ im really Really REALLY sorry. Im going into the seventh grade and going to a new school... and i dont know many people there. Only like 4 out of my 20 friends are going :T and none of them are in my classes. X( so its going to be hard. And on top of that i ride the bus... and buses, im normally one of the last stops. DX< UGH so yeah. Just a heads up. Stay awesome guys. ~*Blackfrost*~

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