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The case of the puzzling possum
Rylant, Cynthia.
Personal Author:
First Harper Trophy edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperTrophy, [2003, c2001]

℗2003, ©2001
Physical Description:
1 audiocassette (approximately16 min.) : analog, + 1 book ( 48 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.).
Bunny and Jack investigate the disappearance of a trombone from Mr. Riley's music store.
General Note:
Originally published: New York : Greenwillow Books, c2000.
Reading Level:
210 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.4 0.5 46480.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.1 2 Quiz: 31728 Guided reading level: K.


Format :
Sound Cassette

Sound Recording


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Material Type
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CASSETTE KIT 1346 Juvenile Fiction Readers
CASSETTE KIT 1346 Juvenile Fiction Readers

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Deep in the heart of a big city... Somebody keeps borrowing and returning and borrowing and returning the trombone from the window of Mr. Riley's music store. Who could it be? This sounds like a case for the High-Rise Private EyesCase #003, to be exact, the case of the Puzzling Possum Because no mystery is too mysterious, no puzzle too puzzling, no crime too criminal, no trouble too troubling for ace detectives and very best friends Bunny Brown and Jack Jones.

Author Notes

Cynthia Rylant was born on June 6, 1954 in Hopewell, Virginia. She attended and received degrees at Morris Harvey College, Marshall University, and Kent State University.

Rylant worked as an English professor and at the children's department of a public library, where she first discovered her love of children's literature.

She has written more than 100 children's books in English and Spanish, including works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Her novel Missing May won the 1993 Newbery Medal and A Fine White Dust was a 1987 Newbery Honor book. Rylant wrote A Kindness, Soda Jerk, and A Couple of Kooks and Other Stories, which were named as Best Book for Young Adults. When I was Young in the Mountains and The Relatives Came won the Caldecott Award.

She has many popular picture books series, including Henry and Mudge, Mr. Putter and Tabby and High-Rise Private Eyes. (Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 2^-4. Children ready for chapter books will welcome this latest adventure of private-eye Bunny Brown and her bumbling raccoon sidekick, Jack. Just when it seems Bunny has finally convinced wiggly, energetic Jack to calm down, a call comes from Mr. Riley at the music store. His trombone has been stolen and returned, stolen and returned. The description makes Jack dizzy. But it makes Bunny curious, and sure enough, she figures out what's going on. The mystery is silly, but the dialogue and situation are very funny, and the characters, as presented in both the in words and pictures, are delightful. What's even better is the clear demonstration that friends, whether animals or people, don't need to be alike to get along. --Stephanie Zvirin

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 4-Crackerjack detectives Bunny Brown, a rabbit, and Jack Jones, a raccoon, are asked to solve a case revolving around the mysterious disappearance and reappearance of a trombone from the window of Mr. Riley's music store. Bunny finds two clues at the scene: muddy paw prints and a piece of straw. She and Jack connect the evidence to a sign on Mr. Riley's door advertising a hayride with Gus and his Big Brass Boys. After taking a taxi to the farm, they notice a possum playing a trombone in the band and discover that the instrument's case says Riley's Music. He confesses that he was just borrowing the trombone because the hay wagon rolled over his, and Bunny suggests that he give trombone lessons at Mr. Riley's store to earn the money needed to buy a new instrument. With lots of quips between the two main characters, this story is sure to amuse younger children who listen to it read aloud and older readers who enjoy it alone. Rylant's quick pace and brief chapters make it a page-turner. Karas feeds the fun by putting lots of visual humor into his colorful cartoons, which were created using acrylic, gouache, and pencil. A fun romp for fans of humorous whodunits who are just becoming confident with chapter books.-Karen Land, Greenport Public School, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.