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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


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
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 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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.