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A humorous picture book about Michael, the worst boy in the school. He is always late, always scruffy and always just slightly different. There seems to be no hope for him, but the story has a twist to it. Tony Bradman's many other titles include The Sandal.
Paperback, 28 pages
Published February 8th 1998 by Trafalgar Square Publishing
(first published January 1st 1990)
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‘Michael was . . . different… ”That boy will come to no good,” his teachers said.’ This book tells the story of a colourful character named Michael, who never seems to do what is expected of him. He loves reading, numbers and science ‘but not the sort… they did in school.’ This picture book celebrates unconventional genius and teaches children that it is good to be different. I would recommend this book for children in EYFS or KS1 due to its minimal text yet powerful message about being unique.
Michael is the antithesis of the teachers' pet. He's "different" and is interested in his own kinds of books, figuring out his own formulas, and creating his own brand of artwork. A frustration to his teachers, we wonder if he'll ever amount to anything. A puny twist at the end makes this a good example of irony.
Great book for inspiring kids who march to the beat of a different drum. I recommend this for kids with autism. Michael is out of sync with the rest of the class much to the annoyance of his teachers, but he believes in himself and succeeds on his own terms.
TONY BRADMAN graduated from Cambridge University and worked in journalism for many years as an editor and reviewer. Now a full-time author, he has produced several successful anthologies for young readers for Random House Children's Books, including three focusing exclusively on football: the FOOTBALL FEVER titles.More about Tony Bradman...