public domain in law, legal availability for public use, free of charge, of materials, processes, devices, skills, and plans that are not protected by copyright or patent, including those on which copyright or patent has lapsed. source: The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. Copyright (c) 2001-05 Columbia University Press. Cynthia Rylant was awarded a Newbery Medal for her novel Missing May and a Newbery Honor for A Fine White Dust. She is the author of several popular series for the beginning reader, including the "Henry and Mudge" books. Cynthia Rylant lives with her family in Washington State.
K-Gr 2-Cynthia Rylant keeps the witty banter between her two detectives, Bunny Brown (a rabbit) and Jack Jones (a raccoon), rolling along in this eighth foray of her animal mystery series. In this volume (Greenwillow, 2005), the duo arrive for high tea at Mabel's Tea Room only to find that someone has taken the duck's extra box of sugar cubes. Being detectives "who appreciate sugar," the two volunteer their services to find the culprit and soon have the mystery solved in a way that benefits everyone. William Dufris's narration is well-timed and he employs different voices for the characters; a sprinkling of sound effects adds to the telling. Youngsters will benefit from reading along with the book (one track has page-turning signals) since the excellent illustrations by G. Brian Karas help explain some of the more sophisticated humor.-Jill Q. Altman, Saluda Primary School, SC Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"Cracking jokes and cracking cases, Jack and Bunny continue to sweeten the experience of reading."--The Horn Book