The Case of the Puzzling Possum (High-Rise Private Eyes Series #3)

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The Beat Goes On

One day, the trombone is missing from Mr. Riley's music store. The next day, it's back. Then it's gone again. Who could be taking it -- and why?

This sounds like a case for the High-Rise Private Eyes -- Bunny Brown and Jack Jones, ace detectives and very best friends!

Bunny and Jack investigate the disappearance of a trombone from Mr. Riley's ...

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Overview

The Beat Goes On

One day, the trombone is missing from Mr. Riley's music store. The next day, it's back. Then it's gone again. Who could be taking it -- and why?

This sounds like a case for the High-Rise Private Eyes -- Bunny Brown and Jack Jones, ace detectives and very best friends!

Bunny and Jack investigate the disappearance of a trombone from Mr. Riley's music store.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The clues in this animal-character mystery are simple yet challenging enough that children will enjoy rereading the four-chapter book. This is case number three of the "High-Rise Private Eyes"—best friends Bunny Brown, a rabbit, and Jack Jones, a raccoon. At Mr. Riley's music store, a trombone in the store window keeps disappearing and then reappearing. Mr. Riley explains, "In the evening when I close the store, the trombone is in the window. But the next morning it's gone. Then the next morning it's back..." Considering this sequence of events makes Jack dizzy, in an amusing way. Bunny and Jack question Mr. Riley and spot a few clues. The clues lead the private eyes to a hayride, where Gus and his Big Brass Boys are performing. Besides spotting a suspect—the Puzzling Possum—Bunny and Jack eat plenty of beans. The excitement inherent in guessing what the clues mean should boost children's comprehension and eagerness to read how the mystery develops. The author's use of repetition and sequence creates a lighthearted tone, such as in the "dizzy" sequence and when Jack is "knocking, dropping and spilling" items while making cocoa. Kids will get a kick out of the friendly banter, including a touch of sarcasm, between Bunny and Jack. Full-color art is in acrylic, gouache and pencil. 2001, Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins, $14.95 and $14.89. Ages 6 up. Reviewer: Todd Moning
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Best friends Bunny Brown, a female bunny, and Jack Jones, a male raccoon, are private detectives. In this story by Cynthia Rylant, (HarperCollins, 2001), they must help Mr. Riley find the trombone that is missing from the front window of his music store. The cassette faithfully follows the book, and one side had page-turn signals. William DuFris (the voice of TV's "Bob the Builder") does a wonderful job of narrating the story, changing his voice for each character. Sound effects add to the story's realism. The book's illustrations by G. Brian Caras add humor and scope to the story. The lessons about honesty and friendship combined with a humorous mystery make this an excellent purchase for listening centers and would benefit beginning readers, struggling readers, and those learning English.-Karen Scott, Valley Intermediate School, Pelham, AL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064443166
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Series: I Can Read Book 2 Series , #3
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 347,413
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.12 (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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