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Russell's Secret (Riverside Kids #15)

2.53 of 5 stars 2.53  ·  rating details  ·  17 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Have you ever heard the words
""You can stay at home and be a baby today"
on a school day?
Russell has. And, boy, is he in for a surprise!
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 6th 2001 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 2001)
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A four-year-old wants to stay home from school (a 4-yr-old!) and is told he can't because he's not a baby. When he says he wants to be a baby so he could stay home, his mother allows him only to make her point. She doesn't let him do anything beyond his baby sister's level.
My complaints of this book: (1) Not every 4-year-old needs to be rushed off to school, and (2) they certainly don't need to be criticized if they prefer to be home. (3) I didn't care for the pj pants slipped down too low on o
Eva Leger
3.5 - Julia and I both agree that this is one of the better books we've read together lately. The illustrations are appealing while not overbearing and an eyesore. The story line is relatable to just about any kid - except for mine of course as of yet - because she loves school. Just about any adult or child can relate to not wanting to go to school for a day.
In here the little boy Russell decides he wants to stay home and be a baby like his little sister. Russell apparently thought he'd get th
Gianna Mosser
Atticus really thought this was a funny premise, because he often wants to squirrel out of school. I think a lot of the emphasis on babydom was about food, but I think the message was a well translated one for the age group.
Stacy Kirkman
This book is about a 4 year old boy who doesn't want to be a big boy today. He wants to stay home from school and do what babies do. He soon finds out that he has quite outgrown being a baby.
I thought the mother was manipulative and cruel. Perhaps, instead of denying Russell food and playing mind games she could have reassured him that he was still loved. If the mother was already at home anyways I don’t know why she felt the need to ship her child off to school at such a young age. At the very least, she could have explored why he didn’t want to go to school and then worked to alleviate those stressors for him.
This one was funny as a parent.
Although the cover would make you think that Russell's secret is something dark and devious, it's actually a story about a boy who doesn't want to go to school that day and instead stay home like when he was a baby. Of course, his mom says that if he wants it to be like when he was a baby that means taking naps and eating baby food! Oddly enough, Russell decides that he will, in fact, go to preschool that day!
Russell doesn't want to go to school; he thinks it sounds like more fun to stay home like he did when he was a baby. So...he does, but his mom treats him like a baby, which isn't so much fun.
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Johanna Hurwitz is the author of more than 60 children's books. These include RUSSELL SPROUTS, BASEBALL FEVER, PEEWEE'S TALE, SQUIRREL WORLD, MIGHTY MONTY and THE HOT & COLD SUMMER. In addition, she has written several biographies for young readers including ones about Anne Frank and Helen Keller. Her books have won many children's choice awards from states where readers vote for their favori ...more
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