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The Adventures of Mr. Mocker (Dover Children's Thrift Classics) Paperback – May 19, 2011

4.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
Book 5 of 20 in the Bedtime Story-Books Series

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Series: Dover Children's Thrift Classics
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Illustrated edition (June 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486481018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486481012
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #603,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Library Binding
I liked this book third best because the book is about
the mystery of the mocking bird and now I am going to tell you
what I mean. Well the story is about two little green forest
people and a mocking bird. And near the end of the book it
becomes about all of the little people in the green forest and
the green meadows. And if you want to know, those two little
green forest people are Sammy Jay and Sticky Toes the tree toad,
who people say were talking in the night when they were really
sound asleep. But soon everyone found out it was the Mocking
Bird that was making all the noise in the night. And at the
end they had a little party and everything turned out fine.

Review by Mairead Hynes Age 6
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By A Customer on October 10, 2000
Format: Library Binding
I'd love to know what book "Super Tim" read, as nowhere in this book did ANYONE say "Wow, there goes Mr. Mocky". In fact, this is a very good book which we've had for about 2 weeks and my 4 year old has had me read repeatedly. We cover about 3 chapters a night at bedtime. It teaches that playing tricks on your friends is NOT the way to keep them, and can actually cause people a lot of trouble. I highly recommend it - along with all of the other Thornton Burgess books!
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This is a wonderful book and I highly recommend it. Plus, unlike many of these Dover editions of Thornton Burgess' books, it has honest-to-god original Harrison Cady illustrations.

Harrison Cady did two sets of drawings for this title:
-- Published by Little, Brown, with 6 full-page grayscale illustrations.
-- Published by Grosset & Dunlap, with 14 full-page line drawings, including line-drawing versions of all 6 original grayscale illustrations in the Little, Brown editions, plus many smaller line drawings.

This Dover edition has the 6 grayscale illustrations from the Little, Brown edition. In the Little, Brown edition, they were on plates (higher quality paper), while in this Dover edition they are on the same paper as the text. That does affect the quality of the illustrations a bit, but they still look quite good. Kudos to Dover on getting it right for this title. And at such a low price!

If you like these illustrations, I'd recommend finding a used copy of the Grosset & Dunlap edition too. Cady did those decades later, after he had grown as an artist. Even though the Grosset & Dunlap line drawings are simpler than the Little, Brown grayscale illustrations, they are more charming. On the other hand, the Little, Brown grayscale illustrations better show Cady's remarkable vision for Burgess' creatures.
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Great five minute stories that I remember reading as a kid and now I can start reading them to my daughter. Simple and easy to understand, many of the stories teach lessons about morals, instead of mindless blather. I am enjoying reading through the series again.
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My mother read these books to us kids during the early 60's. I still remember how much we all loved these stories. If you have trouble with your children at bedtime, consider reading them these books. Soon you will discover the kids love these and are ready to settle down and hear the stories of animals teaching the lessons all kids need to learn.
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Did you ever “listen to the mockingbird”? Mr. Mocker is a mockingbird who has come from Ol’ Virginny to visit his friends Unc’ Billy Possum and Ol’ Mistah Buzzard who now live in the beautiful Green Forest and Green Meadows. But something strange is going on! Sammy Jay is keeping everyone awake at night by calling "Thief, thief!" but he swears that he was asleep. And Sticky-toes the Tree Toad hears his own voice coming from another tree, yet he hasn't said anything. Unc' Billy thinks that he knows what’s going on, but how can all the little people in the meadow and the forest get to the bottom of the mystery?

Several years ago, I was in the gift shop at some state park and picked up a copy of The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver by author and conservationist Thornton W. Burgess (1874-1965), and I really enjoyed it. In doing some research, I found that Burgess had written a whole series of books for young people, beginning with his first one, Old Mother West Wind, published in 1910. Over the next fifty years, he completed around 170 of them, featuring such amusing characters as Jimmy Skunk, Little Joe Otter, Grandfather Frog, Billy Mink, Jerry Muskrat, Spotty the Turtle, Johnny Woodchuck, and others. As a youth in Sandwich, MA, Burgess worked for a man who lived on a local wildlife habitat of woodland and wetland, and this became the setting for his stories in which he referred to such features as Smiling Pool and the Old Briar Patch.

Therefore, when I saw a copy of The Adventures of Mr. Mocker at a used book sale, I picked it up. Burgess’s style is very similar to Joel Chandler Harris’s “Uncle Remus” stories but his tales are more appropriate for a younger set, along the lines of Beatrix Potter yet with more substance.
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