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The Adventures of Mr. Mocker

Thornton W. Burgess

Book Overview: 

When an innocent blue jay starts talking in his sleep, it’s up to him to find out what’s going on in this fun, naturalistic, Southern-style children’s story.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Jimmy Skunk, turning his back on Sammy Jay, who was so mad by this time that for a few minutes he couldn't find his tongue. When he did, he flew off screaming at the top of his lungs. He was still screaming when he flew over the Old Briar-patch where Peter Rabbit was just beginning to doze off.

Peter was sleepy. He didn't like to have his morning nap disturbed.

"Hi, Sammy Jay! Didn't you make racket enough last night to give honest folks a little peace and quiet to-day?" shouted Peter Rabbit.

Sammy Jay flew up into a young cherry tree on the edge of the Old
Briar-patch, and his eyes were fairly red with anger as he glared down at
Peter Rabbit.

"What's the joke, Peter Rabbit? That's the second time this morning that I've been told that I was screaming last night, when all the time I was fast asleep," said Sammy Jay.

"Then it's a funny way you have o. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I really love the Bedtime Story books by Thornton Burgess, but I remember not liking this one for the very logical reason that Mr. Mocker, a completely new character, is introduced, but is apparently not present until the last couple of chapters. I remember Dad reading this one with all the requisit

I liked when everyone found out that it was Mister Mocker's voice that was calling "thief thief thief" and Sticky Toes and Sammy Jay wasn't doing it.

Another children's book for another reading challenge: a children's book I had not read. Burgess's tale seems to be a mash-up of the worlds of Peter Rabbit and Brer Rabbit, heavy on the Brer Rabbit with the southern accents of these animal characters. It's entertaining, and the mockingbird learns a

The Thornton Burgess series in general is quite an endearing series of children's books, which do a fine job of being readable by young readers and having interesting plots and introducing young people to a variety of animals in a semi-anthropomorphized way. This particular entry, "The Adventures of

This author came highly recommended by websites that advocate Charlotte Mason style learning. I purchased several antique copies of Mr. Burgess's books, and am now getting around to reading them, as I am recovering from Hernia surgery. I was excited to read this book. However early on I was disappoi

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This is a phrase that brings a smile to my face as often as I hear it. As a young child, I would lose myself for hours in the simple world of the wood and pond inhabited by Little Joe Otter, Buster Bear, Grandfather Frog, and terrorized by Farmer Brown's Boy. I can remember the ver

One morning, Unc Billy Possum thinks he hears the voice of an old friend of his. Forgetting all about finding food for his family, he spends the entire day searching, without success, for the owner of the voice. Sadly, he gives up the search. Soon, though, Sammy Jay is being accused of shrieking at

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