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Reckless Rudy and the Green Vase

3.08 of 5 stars 3.08  ·  rating details  ·  12 ratings  ·  5 reviews
He kicks toys about. He knocks lamps over. He forgets to do his homework. But it doesn’t stop there. He also steals food from his little sister. He makes his little brother do his chores. He doesn’t care one way or the other what anyone thinks. He’ll step on your toes if you get in his way. He’s just reckless, and he gets away with all of it. When his mom brings home a bea ...more
Paperback, First, 62 pages
Published September 2012 by Clarence-Henry Books
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Millie Burns
Sep 10, 2012 Millie Burns rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 6-8 year olds
This story is nothing like what I expected it to be from the description. I was a little worried at first that I was picking up another Junie B. type story where little children are allowed to say and do atrocious things and it's all funny. Naughty children are not funny, especially when they're sassy to their parents. I decided to give Rudy a chance though, figuring at .99 cents it was worth a try.
The writing is just about right for second grade readers, for a first chapter book. It was a bit
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That was my first reaction to this book. I know that I'm no longer in the target audience for this book, but I don't think that being any younger would have made me any less confused. On reflection, however, the sheer randomness of (view spoiler) did bump this book up to two stars for me (or at least a 1.5, rounded up). It felt like there were two different stories in this book - the firs
Angel **Book Junkie**
This book was cute but weird. Very strange for a child's book the first of the book we meet Rudy who in all honesty is a BRAT. His mom brings home a family heirloom he breaks it and blames it on the other children. Then the entire book gets completely weird as Rudy runs to the store to get an apple pie. First, for a child's book shouldn't Rudy learn his lesson somehow at home? Second, this book was printed in 2012 do parents still let children run to the store alone. Third, the whole second half ...more
This was a fun story with some fantasy elements. At the beginning of the story, the kids (3 and 5) agreed that Rudy was not a nice boy. They would not want a brother like that. At the end of the story they were satisfied that Rudy had learned how to be a nicer person. We loved reading this book together, but it would be good for first or second graders reading chapter books. Also has some nice illustrations.
We read this 1-2 chapters at a time and they were eager to find out more about Reckless
Joyce Mitchell
by R. M. Smith

After I read the first page, I glanced down at the first
picture to see if this story had been written about a little
7-year old boy that lives in our neighborhood, who is a bully
just like Rudy. He wants everything his sister gets and he is
rude to just about everyone. When he breaks something, he blames
little sister.

After a fall, does Rudy behave any better?

This book is good for second/third graders. Illustrations are great!
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R. M. Smith is a writer and illustrator of children's picture books, an early reader chapter book, and a creator of picture book apps. He thinks the idea of creating something that might be read by kids is pretty cool. He is employed full-time as a graphics specialist. He shares a home in Northern Virginia with Mary, along with two odd cats, a hungry lizard, and a tank of fish.
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