I Don't Believe It, Archie!
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I Don't Believe It, Archie!

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  65 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Odd things happen to Archie every day. Some very odd things. On Monday, a piano rolls down the hill and traps his new friend Cyd in her mum's car. And then a truck tips a load of gravel on top of it. But don't worry—she's ok. Actually, Cyd finds it exciting though of course, she doesn't believe that this sort of thing happens to Archie every day—until they find themselves...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by David Fickling Books (first published August 1st 2011)
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Susie
I wavered between 3 and 4, then decided because they save a library in the book, I'll round up to the 4. This is a fun story that could easily be read a chapter at a time. Archie and Cyd are "victims" of several mistaken identities and situations on consecutive days of the week. I did like the way everything came together in the end. It would be great to have students write their own "Archie stories" after reading this. I, too, place it as ideal for 3rd graders. As the author has been a winner o...more
M.
This is a fun and funny book for probably early 3rd grade and up. Odd things happen to Archie every day, so often that he doesn't bother telling his parents about them any more. One day on his way to the mailbox down the street, a piano rolls down the hill and traps a new friend in a car. Then the car starts rolling down hill, a neighbor comes by and stops it, and the car gets buried in a dump truck load of gravel. Another day, opening the door to the library, Archie finds his hands glued to the...more
Ann Haefele


This was a fun and quick read as it is just 7 chapters with white space and illustrations. Archie has amazing adventures that seem improbable. In fact his friend Cyd starts tagging along because she does not believe so many cool things can happen to just one person. The seven chapters (one for each day of the week)are almost short stories by themselves but do intertwine. All in one week Archie helps out in a traffic accident, gets trapped in a house with a lion, helps find a missing boy, captur...more
Karen Arendt
This is a very fun story! Strange things happen to Archie almost everyday. Most of these things are unbelievable. The story is spans one week with each chapter being one day. On the first day he helps a girl named Cyd out. Then during the rest of the week Cyd ends up helping Archie by explaining what happened to the adults accusing Archie. The story wraps up nicely with many of the adult characters reappearing in the final chapter. Archie chases a runaway piano, foils a robbery, finds a lion and...more
Carol
Bizarre things happen to Archie each and every single day. Whether he is running to mail a letter, return books to the library or deliver some magazines to the neighbor, something extraordinary will occur with Archie right in the thick of things. Each and every time he arrives back home his mother says, "I Don't Believe it, Archie!" Luckily for Archie, he meets Cyd who fast becomes his best friend and a true believer in the craziness that follows him everywhere.
I, Don't Believe It, Archie! is a...more
Virginia Brace
This is a good choice for 3rd graders and reminds me a little of "And To Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street" in that seemingly innocuous beginnings turn into wild and crazy experiences for Archie. He doesn't try to explain his experiences to his harried mother when he gets back home,and she ends each chapter by saying "I don't believe it, Archie!" But his friend Cyd watches in wonder and even helps Archie when all seems to be lost. These are fun experiences and kids will enjoy.
Robin Rousu
Truly funny chapter book. Begins as slapstick, naturally turns into a nice friendship story without losing pace. Well-crafted. Humor + not gross = a fabulous classroom read aloud. On the easy end of the Js, great pick for 3rd-4th graders. Bonus: He accidentally saves his local library from being torn down.
Joan Gagan
Unusual premise--unbelieveable things happen whenever Archie walks out the door -- a runaway piano, a robber handing Archie the loot, a house with a lion and leopard in it. This would be a great starting point for a creative writing exercise for 2-4th graders.
Joanne Zienty
Outrageous good fun... what can possibly go wrong in Archie's life today? Spend a week with this Brit and you'll see.. kooky, quirky, impossible. Good for reluctant readers, although they may need a bit of help with the Britishisms.
Kristi
Fun book for read aloud! Great adventures! Both boys and girls would enjoy this book.
John
Nov 05, 2011 John rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
I'll recommend it to kids who like My Weird School, Stink, and George Brown.
Keary
Good early chapter book for boys.
Sharon Tyler
I Don't Believe it Archie by Andrew Norriss is a children's book for children around seven to twelve years old. It is scheduled for release on March 13. The book is all about a boy named Archie that is surrounded by strangeness. While we might be surprised to see a piano roll down a hill, park itself against a car door so that the car's occupants can not get out, and a wacky series of events that follow Archie is not. Odd things happen to him every day, but while his life is interesting it is ra...more
Tamarah
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Odd things happen to Archie every day. Some very odd things. On Monday, a piano rolls down the hill and traps his new friend Cyd in her mum's car. And then a truck tips a load of gravel on top of it. But don't worry—she's ok. Actually, Cyd finds it exciting though of course, she doesn't believe that this sort of thing happens to Archie every day—until they find themselves trapped in a house with a sedated lion trainer, and a very awake lion. Poor Archie! But as he soon discovers...more
Sherry
My second grade son loved this book. He read it, not I, but when I get the chance, I'm sure I'll love it, too.
Mari
I can't decide what I think about this one. It is odd. I think 2nd and 3rd graders would think it's funny. I think it could be a good one to booktalk, but I can't decide if I love it enough.

The odd things that happen to Archie are VERY odd. Odd bordering on contrived. Is this a problem? I'm not sure. I guess I'll let it percolate a bit more before deciding if I want to bring it with me to school visits.

Melanie
Strange and unusual things happen to Archie everyday. When he saves a girl from a car covered in gravel he meets Cyd. Cyd is amazed at the adventures Archie has just by being himself and begs to tag along anytime Archie goes anywhere. It may be all fun and games for Archie and Cyd, but his mother gets quite frustrated when nothing she asks him to do gets done.
Henry Martin
A very quick, but quite enjoyable read. Strange encounters, improbable events, whacky situations...I was laughing along with the kids.

Sometimes it's great not to have to be serious.
Elizabeth
I liked the stories; amusing, quirky, short, and fun. I didn't like the repeating element of the negative and unaware mother at the end of each chapter!
Charlou Lunsford
Something happens to Archie every day. Odd things. Lucky things? Great things? Too bad his mother doesn't see it that way.
Meghan Nels
This is a great transitional chapter book. Students will chuckle at the troubles Archie and Cyd encounter throughout this story.
Clare F
A lovely children's book with lots of excitement and never a dull moment.
Jane Norriss
Very funny. Delightful pictures. Perfect length for bedtime stories.
Ruth
Fun bedtime story read.
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