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And day now the big man with the cigar might be arriving on the ferryboat--the man that Pete's father is terrified to see. So three times a day, when the ferry is due at the island, Pete jumps on his bike and races to see if the big man will get off the boat. In Pete's pocket is a quarter, so he can rush to the telephone and warn his father. It is not until almost the end of summer that Pete finds out why his father is so afraid. But in the meantime he has met eleven-year-old Rootie, an old-timer on Cutlass Island, who shows him the island newcomers never see--and who helps him face the danger when it finally arrives. Any day now the big man with the cigar might be arriving on the ferryboat - the man that Pete's father is terrified to see. So three times a day, when the ferry is due at the island, Pete jumps on his bike and races to see if the big man will get off the boat. In Pete's pocket is a quarter, so he can rush to the telephone and warn his father. It is not until almost the end of summer that Pete finds out why his father is so afraid. But in the meantime he has met eleven-year-old Rootie, an old-timer on Cutlass Island, who shows him the island newcomers never see - and who helps him face the danger when it finally arrives.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Mud Flat--everyone is bustling about making plans, wrapping gifts, and deciding who will play Santa at the village holiday party. All except Freddie, who's stuck inside his fix-it shop under a pile of ambitious promises. Strange and wonderful things happen this time of year, though, including raisin cookies in the snow, runaway rolls of red ribbon, and the spirit of giving--Mud Flat style. Merry Christmas, Mud Flat!
THE PAIN AND the Great One hardly agree on anything. But deep down, they know they can count on each other, especially at school, where it often takes two to figure things out. Like when that first baby tooth falls out on the school bus. Or when an unwanted visitor on Bring Your Pet to School Day needs to be caught. Or worst of all, when a scary bully says you're burnt toast. On days like these it can feel good not to go it alone. (And don't forget Fluzzy the cat, who knows a thing or two himself.)From the Hardcover edition.
What's that noise? Is it a bunch of giant woodpeckers? No, it's the amazing tap-dance team of Tonya and Ted, who've come to Mud Flat to produce a big dance extravaganza. And now that they've soft-shoed their way into town, all the residents are eager to fork over plenty for tap-dance lessons. How else will they become stars?
What's the difference between a friend and a fiend?Jake is so embarrassed by a reading circle blunder, he vows never to speak in class again. Abigail believes she can no longer trust one of her best friends. Their teenage cousins have turned into fiends. And on the perfect snow day, who jumps on Jake and washes his face in snow? And who rescues him?From the Hardcover edition.
THE PAIN AND the Great One are going places! In these new stories the kids are on the go--the Pain needs a trip to the emergency room; the family goes to the mall and not everyone stays together; the kids visit a county fair and want to ride the Super Slide; and a beach outing includes a boogie board. Lots more action and adventure for the dynamic duo who never stay still. From the Hardcover edition.
Cool down with a good read from James Stevenson! It's summer in Mud Flat, and it's Hot. Chumley the skunk is seeing mirages, and there's simply no shade for Marty the elephant. Temperatures (and tempers) are about to boil over. But a lizard with a suitcase full of tricks promises relief in the form of rain. Can Raymond the Rainmaker save the day? The forecast calls for fun, and there's plenty of it in Mud Flat!
Something peculiar is going on in the village of Mud Flat today. Mr. Duffy has disappeared in a puff of green smoke, and Brian woke up with his head on backward. Doris is greeted by a singing tree, and poor Lila sniffs a rose that promptly squirts in her eye. What is this strange brand of spring fever? James Stevenson provides the happy answer in another hilarious visit with the lovable residents of Mud Flat.
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?
Welcome back to Mud Flat, James Stevenson's strangely familiar, always surprising, often curious town where all the lovable citizens have something to say. <P>This time the topic of most conversations is spring, and everyone is talking -- dancing -- or both. This fifth book in the "Mud Flat" series features nine easy-to-read, buoyant chapters and Stevenson's signature full-color illustrations on every page.
Rupert is a rhinoceros who meets up with some other animals who are not very kind to him. Then he finds two animals who turn out to be good friends.
MEET THE PAIN:My sister's name is Abigail. I call her The Great One because she thinks she's so great. Who cares if she's in third grade and I'm just in first?MEET THE GREAT ONE:My brother's name is Jacob Edward, but everyone calls him Jake. Everyone but me. I call him The Pain because that's what he is. He's a first-grade pain. I'll always know exactly what he's thinking. That's just the way it is.These seven warm-hearted stories will give readers a peek at how a brother and sister relate to each other.From the Hardcover edition.
After the murder of his father, who has been hiding under the Witness Protection Program, Pete finds himself the target of sinister men who seem to think he knows where a large sum of money is hidden.
Simsbury is sitting under his favorite tree when a red chair and an accordion pass by, prompting him to get up and take a look at the Mud Flat Yard Sale.
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