Title: The Adventures of Unc’ Billy PossumThe ADventures of Unc' Billy Possum
Author: Thornton W. Burgess
Illustrator: Harrison Cady
Pages: 80
Recommended Ages: 8 & up
Star Rating: ★★★★

The Green Forest series.

The Story.

Unc’ Billy Possum does so like a succulent raw egg. He could just live in a hen house if it wasn’t for all the people that mess around with them. The only thing he wants more than a fresh egg is for his family to come down from Ol’ Virginny to live with him in the Green Forest.

Finally he finds a way for them to come, and Peter Rabbit plans a welcoming party for them. But Sammy Jay, Blacky Crow, Shadow the Weasel, and Reddy Fox have decided to bust up the party and steal all of the food for themselves! Will they succeed, or will they be outwitted by the other little animals? And will Unc’ Billy Possum’s reckless habits get him caught by Farmer Brown’s boy?


As always, Thornton Burgess’s writing not only relates a fun story, but also teaches valuable character lessons. The futility of pride and mischief-making are taught along with the importance of honesty and ingenuity. Some of the characters misbehave, but they are always duly rewarded for this bad behavior.

To get yourself in trouble is a very easy thing.
I notice that to others it will always worries bring.
But getting out of trouble’s always quite the other way –
The more you try to wriggle out, the longer you must stay. [pg. 76]

Conclusion. A fun installment in the Green Forest series. Also read Chatterer the Red Squirrel, Peter Cottontail, and Paddy the Beaver.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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