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Roxie and the Hooligans

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  441 ratings  ·  82 reviews
Do not panic.

Lord Thistlebottom's Book of Pitfalls and How to Survive Them has taught Roxie Warbler how to handle all sorts of situations. If Roxie's ever lost in the desert, or buried in an avalanche, or caught in a dust storm, she knows just what to do. But Lord Thistlebottom has no advice to help Roxie deal with Helvetia's Hooligans, the meanest band of bullies in
Paperback, 128 pages
Published May 8th 2007 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published 2006)
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Nayna P.
I just finished reading Roxie and the Hooligans by Phyllis Naylor. This book had a lot of action, it was a fast paced book. I enjoyed the book, but it was not the best for me. This book is about a girl Roxie and there are a bunch of kids, called the hooligans, who pick on her. One day she was getting away, climbed a wall and landed in the trash can, so did the Hooligans. They get taken to the ocean and dumped there, so they swam to a nearby island, They soon find out they are not alone. Because ...more
Karen Arendt
Perfect for end of the year read-a-loud to second grade. Roxie is quiet and bullied by a group of students because her ears stick out. One day, the bullies are harassing her and she slips into a dumpster. The bullies fall in after her, and the dumpster gets picked up just after to be transported to an island for dumping. Roxie and the others need to survive on the island, and Roxie can, thanks to all that she learns from her famous uncle's adventures and his friend's book.
Jul 16, 2010 Evy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: as a little child's bedtime story
Roxie and the Hooligans is a very cute (but also a bit lame) quick read. With a rather mild plot and a fast ending, Roxie and the Hooligans is perfect for a little kid who wants a bedtime story, or a big kid who just wants a taste of adventure. Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's story is illustrated well with just a few chapters, but it doesn't feel so short, which I understand could be a good or bad thing. Time flew by and pages did as well, but the story could be longer, which is one of the faults I fo ...more
Fourth Grader Roxie Warbler, a young girl with round, pink, sugar-bowl-handle ears, is teased unmercifully by Helvetia Hagus and her band of rag-tag Hooligans: Simon Surly, Freddy Filch, and Smoky Jo. They all attend Public School Number Thirty-Seven. Roxie does everything in her power to avoid the mean bullies. She and her friend Norman (who is also bullied by the Hooligans)get to school extra, extra early and leave extra, extra late to avoid them. But, Helvetia and her wicked crew catches up t ...more
Sep 02, 2010 Alicia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: families with children
Roxie is afraid of a lot of things, but especially going to school. She is the chosen victim of Helvetia's Hooligans, the group of bullies in her class. Roxie wishes she were as brave as her famous explorer uncle Dangerfoot or his friend Lord Thistlebottom. She has read their survival book and knows it by heart. She could tell you what to do if you are trapped in snow or attacked by a crocodile, but she has no idea what to do about the hooligans.

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Title: Roxie and the Hooligans

Author: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Series: N/A


Summary: Do not panic. Lord Thistlebottom's Book of Pitfalls and How to Survive Them has taught Roxie Warbler how to handle all sorts of situations. If Roxie's ever lost in the desert, or buried in an avalanche, or caught in a dust storm, she knows just what to do. But Lord Thistlebottom has no advice to help Roxie deal with Helvetia's Hooligans, the meanest band of bullies in school. Then Roxie finds herself strande
Mary Anne
I've read many books by this author, and I must say that "Roxie" is a real departure from what I usually expect. I was happily surprised by this spunky, smart, sassy young lady who isn't going to take any garbage from anyone. Good for you, Roxie, for standing up for yourself! Roxie reminds me of my absolute favorite childhood book character, Pippi Longstocking. I can heartily recommend this book.
Dena (Batch of Books)
Roxie loves listening to her uncle's adventures, but she has never done anything exciting until the day a she and a group of bullies accidentally get trapped on an island in the middle of the ocean. Thankfully, Roxie stays clam and remembers the advice her uncle gave her about survival.

The thing I liked about this book was that Roxie started off not particularly brave or adventurous. But she rose to the challenge and did what was necessary to survive, even when the other kids were too scared or
Katie Fitzgerald
In terms of the overall theme of the story, I really appreciated the way the bullying is resolved. The hooligans selected Roxie as their victim pretty much at random, but it's clear in the beginning of the book that Roxie has internalized their treatment of her, and that she no longer believes in herself. Yes, the bullies are ultimately changed by their experience on the island, but that's not important anymore by the time we reach that point. What is important is that Roxie has proven to hersel ...more
Ann Marie
I found this to be entertaining - perhaps a third grade level - I had issue with the authors writing of the trash getting dumped into the sea - even if this ghastly idea is fact in that part of the world it should hardly be promoted or used as a back drop in a childrens book. Other than this it was entertaining.
Tracy Bailey
Good book for teaching character development. Roxie teaches the Hooligans a lesson that they are sure to remember.
Charming little novella perfect for transitioning to chapter books. Would also be a fun read-aloud.
A wacky lesson in resourcefulness; disappointing from this author.
This is a 4th grade Battle of the Books selection. It was a super quick read for me, and a fun story about a young girl who is picked on at school and wishes she were brave like her adventurer uncle. But while trying to escape from the hooligans who are teasing her at school she is "dumped" into an adventure with the hooligans. I loved the lines where she thought something like "she could never capture a rogue elephant, she knew, and she might never survive an avalnche, but she could do this." A ...more
Erin Forson
Roxie and the Hooligans
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Roxie ends up stranded on an island with her worst enemies and with armed robbers! How will she survive? If you want a quick and easy read this is it. Roxie uses her wits to get the best of the bullies that torment her. The book reads the way we wish things would go with bullies (they get told), and that's why it's so much fun—because we get even without hurting anyone. We all know that using your wits is the best way to win (besides, all those bu
Ashley Barrett
Roxie was a fun, spunky character to read about.
This is a great story for 2-3 grade kids. Naylor gives a humorous yet empowering touch to the subject of bullying as presented in this adventure story. Roxie is a resourceful little girl who has plenty of bravery and smarts. The hooligans, the classmates who pick on Roxie for her big ears, also have a little bit of depth to them. This book offers itself as a talking point for dealing with and understand bullies and bullying. Recommended for reading clubs, classes and one-on-one. Boys and girls a ...more
funny, dynamic, engaging
I think this is my new all time favorite book ever! It is so stinking cute! It is about a young girl named Roxie, who is always being chased by the bullies at school. One day they chase her right into a garbage bin and the accidently fall in too. They all get taken to the dump and swim away to the nearest island where they have to learn to survive. Roxie who has learned many wonderful things from her detective uncle knows all the in's and out's to surviving abstranomical situations. This book is ...more
Unexpected and cute
Jan 17, 2011 SCES rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Love, love , love!!! This is an adorable book that both boys and girls enjoy. Roxie is a little different than the other students at her school. She is a target for bullies because of her big ears but she dreams of adventures like her Uncle Dangerfoot experiences. She falls into an adventure when she finds herself on an island with the bullies. A survival story, a lesson on bullies, and an exciting adventure all rolled up in a humorous voice that all will enjoy!!
Roxie's got Lord Thistlebottom's Book of Pitfalls and How to Survive Them memorized, but will that be enough to get her and the school bullies safely off a desert island?

Loved this one. I wanted it to be longer than its 100-ish pages. I especially enjoyed Lord Thistlebottom's advice peppered throughout the story: "If you are buried in an avalanche, do not panic. Dig a hole around you and spit. The saliva will fall downward, telling you which direction is up."
10-11 Ashley
This book was amayzing! I really like this book because it is filled with adventure. This book is about a girl named Roxie and there are a group of kids that pick on her becsuse she has big ears but when she is trying to run away from them they all fall into the dumpster and get dumped into the sea and swin toward an island with two bank robbers, but Roxie remembers how to survive in the wild from a book she has read. So will Roxie ever find her way home?
Mrs. Wynn
I love reading this book to third graders...they are enraptured with the plot and characters. Bullying is something many can relate to also. Roxie is a great protagonist, and I do love happy endings. I categorized this as realistic fiction, but it isn't quite realistic. Maybe adventure? Anyway, the students loved the story and when we finished, at least two of the classes gave it a nice round of applause.

Recommended for grades 2-4
Jan 17, 2014 Maya added it
It was such a good book that my school decided to make a play about it
Olivia Rowley
This book was about a little girl named Roxie who was always getting made fun of by Helvetica and her band of hooligans. Roxie had one friend, named Norman and he got made fun of too. It got so out of hand that Roxie and the Hooligans get stranded someone and have to find a way to survive. This book was very interesting and adventurous. I liked it and would read it to my classroom.
Leah and I really enjoyed this. It's not one if those dumb girly princess/fairy books that she likes so much. Roxie is a level headed normal girl with normal problem and ends up running away from these so-called hooligans. This is full enough of adventure with being scary. We really liked it.
Very cute. Took me about an hour to read. My 7 year old is reading it now.

I loved this book. It was one of the best I ever read. It was exciting and awesome. I liked the part where the hooligans ran after Roxie and she fell into the dumpster. Millie-7yo
Mary Ann
This delightful tale of bullies and young Roxie will have the reader laughing. I had bought this for a friend's granddaughter whose name is Roxie, but had not read it. It will make a read aloud for young readers, probably even through fourth grade!
Another SSYRA from last year...cute...easy read. I could see it being a read aloud for elementary students....Bullies are after Roxie...she has a wealth of "survival" knowledge, so when things get tough, the bullies look to Roxie to survive...cute story...
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Phyllis Reynolds Naylor was born in Anderson, Indiana, US on January 4, 1933.

Her family were strongly religious with conservative, midwestern values and most of her childhood was spent moving a lot due to her father's occupation as a salesman.

Though she grew up during the Depression and her family did not have a lot of money, Naylor stated that she never felt poor because her family owned good boo
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