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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  280 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Lucas Cott is one of the smartest kids in Mrs. Hockaday's third grade -- but he is also the most rambunctious. Lucas doesn't mean to be the class clown, so he promises to try to behave, even though it doesn't sound like much fun. With the best intentions, Lucas still manages to cause the unexpected when he accidentally lets a yardful of autumn leaves loose in his classroom ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published August 1st 1988 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published 1987)
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Jc Garcia
The title of my book is “Class Clown” and it was written by Johanna Hurwitz. This book is a comedy and I chose to read it because I like funny stories. I could relate to the main character because sometimes, I like to make jokes in class. The main character is Lucas Cott, and he is a third grader who likes to make jokes in class. He is very smart, but is always getting in trouble. Mrs. Hockaday is the teacher. She is very strict, especially with Lucas. Cricket Kaufman is the smart girl of the cl ...more
This book is a hoot! It is about Lucas Cott a young boy who is the definition of a class clown in his third grade class. His teacher gets so tired of his disruptive behavior that she sends home a letter to his parents to try and rid Lucas of his ways. With this, his parent tell Lucas that he must start acting right if he wants to do well in class. After that, Lucas tries his best to not be disruptive. One day when they are deciding on a theme for a school play and Lucas suggests the Circus. His ...more
Nathaniel Mccombs
Class Clown written by Johanna Hurwitz is about a Lucas Cott a smart young boy who is a disruptive class clown in his third grade class. His teacher (Mrs. Hockdays) sends home a letter to his parents to try to eliminate Lucas’s behavior. As a result his parents convince Lucas that he needs to straighten up and change his behavior to perform his best at school. Lucas tries his best to not be disruptive to his peers. One day Lucas suggests for a school play. The class performs a circus act. Mrs. H ...more
Anne-thomas Donnelly
I really enjoyed Class Clown by Johanna Hurwitz! It is a small chapter book that would be great to use when easing a child into chapter books. I think every teacher has a Lucas Cott in their classroom. Lucas is one of the smartest kids in his third grade classroom, but he is also one of the craziest. The book takes you through all the funny situations Lucas gets himself into but by the end, Lucas learns there is a time to act goofy and a time to act right. Johanna Hurwitz does a great job of a c ...more
Kristin Carney
This book was good small chapter book. Lucas Cott was the smartest kid in his classroom and I feel like a class can relate because almost every class has a Lucas in there room. The book takes you through all the times when Lucas is crazy and funny. Towards the end of the book Lucas learns that there is a time to be funny and a time to be serious and responsible. The author of this book did a great job making the characters seem real but also fun. It was easy to read and get into I thought. I rec ...more
Kristin Carney
This book was good small chapter book. Lucas Cott was the smartest kid in his classroom and I feel like a class can relate because almost every class has a Lucas in there room. The book takes you through all the times when Lucas is crazy and funny. Towards the end of the book Lucas learns that there is a time to be funny and a time to be serious and responsible. The author of this book did a great job making the characters seem real but also fun. It was easy to read and get into I thought. I rec ...more
This book was about a little boy who thinks he can do any thing he wants to do like when hes in class he thinks he can yell out stuff and make jocks about things and people around hem and every time he does that he gets in trouble and gets yelleg at by the if some one realy did that they whoulden't have any reminders they whould be sent to the office as fast as they can but first the teacher whould call them, call them on the speacker phone or send them a email. then the person who ...more
Jordan Caton
This is my transitional as well as one of my book talks. This is a story of Lucas. He is always causing trouble in the class, until one day his teacher sends a letter home to his parents. When he finds out the teacher doesn't like his behavior, he kind of gets upset. He wants the teacher to like him so he promises he will try and behave. He still isn't perfect and he does try to be better. He sometimes doesn't see what he does wrong. When its time to "put their thinking caps on" and come up with ...more
Who doesn’t know a Lucas Cott. A rambunctious boy who tries to act right, but just can not figure it out at the beginning! His poor teacher, Mrs. Hockadays, she is the type of teacher you wonder how she really does it. This chapter book was fun, sweet, and kept me wanting to read. I really enjoyed how Lucas tried to listen to his mom about acting the write way. He attempted to act right and succeeded. Because of Lucas’s good behavior he was able to hold the lead role in the play he was in. He wa ...more
Class Clown written by Johanna Hurwitz is a smaller chapter book, about 112 pages, that is about a boy named Lucas Cott. He is the class clown of Mrs. Hochaday's third grade class. After continuous acts of disruptive behavior and causing lots of problems in his classroom, his teacher finally decides to inform his Mom of what exactly her son is doing. After reading the detailed letter from Lucas's teacher, his Mom really encourages him to try hard and get his act together. Surprisingly, he does j ...more
Jordon Worley
Class Clown is a chapter book about a boy named Lucas Cott who is the class clown in Mrs. Hockaday's third grade classroom. Since he is so disruptive, his teacher sent a note home to his parents letting them know about his behavior. His mother encourages him to "turn over a new leaf" and start acting correctly in class. Accepting the challenge, he does what it takes to do better in class. He overachieves on his homework and even goes a whole day without speaking (thus not shouting out). Towards ...more
Elizabeth M
I absolutely loved this short novel. It was the perfect transitional book, I think that it definitely captured the transition of growing up and maturing. This book is about a boy named Lucas Cott, and anyone can relate or know a person like him. He is without a doubt the class clown of his classroom. He decides that he will change his ways and not goof around anymore, but just then he starts by getting his head stuck in a chair and a number of other things. When his teacher, Mrs. Hockaday picks ...more
Dec 30, 2014 Allison rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
I read this book a lot as a kid, and just stumbled across it at a used bookstore. Of course I couldn't resist picking up a copy! I re-read it quickly, but loved it just as much as I used to. I can't wait for my son to read it - I think he'll like Lucas clowning around in school!
I LOVE this book for boys! 2-4 grade. Super easy read for grades above that. Fun to see how the innocence of mischief and a little friendly competition can change a boy into the star. I love the vocabulary component. They don't write books like this for boys any more!!!!
This book is about a kid who is always goofing off in class to make his friends laugh but his teach don't like it, every time see tells him to do something he does he oppose.

I can connect this book to life because when I was in 4th grade there was this kid who always goofed off and he was always getting in trouble with the teachers and when the teacher called his parents that year the next year he was well behaved and listening to the teacher's every word.

I give this book 5 stars because even
Aimee Hyndman
These books were my favorite in third grade and sort of inspired me to become a writer so... yeah they're all getting five stars.
Julie Pascoe
Ever have one of this kids in your class? What will the teacher do? Read to find out what the teacher does at then end.
Oct 22, 2007 Debbie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: young readers
I read this in Spanish to help improve my language skills. The title in Spanish is El Payaso de la Clase.

Lucas Cott is a third grader with some impulse control issues. He is smart, but often gets in trouble at school for disrupting the class. He is jealous of the star student, Cricket, who always gets the right answers. Eventually, Lucas and Cricket discover some common ground and Lucas learns how to use his talents to contribute rather than to disrupt.

Cute story and it only took me a month and
Katherine Settle
This seemed to me like an overall happy book! I really liked it because it reminded me of what it was like in school with a class clown again. However, in this story Lucas seems like a major class clown! He try's to behave but just always seems to have something up his sleeve. He always brings out his sense of humor in everything, especially the classroom even if he shouldn't. He even gets his head stuck in a chair. I think this would be a humorous and fun laugh for children to read, and I think ...more
Lucas Cott is one of those students you hope you don't get in your class, but then by the end of the year, you hate to see him go. I could see several of my students in this character. He is full of potential and you could see him grow throughout this book, short as it was. As an adult, I enjoyed this book, but I think younger readers would enjoy this book, too. It's funny and it has a good message about becoming the best you that you can be... and the endless possibilities of what you can becom ...more
Ilana Waters
I'd been thinking about this book for some time, having read it when I was as kid. Much to my chagrin, I couldn't remember the author or title. Then, while browsing the children's section in the library one day, I found it! Imagine my delight at seeing this old friend again. If you know a young person who loves to laugh and can't seem to sit still in school, Class Clown is the book for them!
Carly H
Class Clown i think is a good book. I think it is really funny. It reminds me of like when people think they are really cool and funny and then they slack off and realize no one is doing it so then they start to really focus, cause we know everyone can be smart at one point or another. I think Lucas was really genuine at heart just not wanting to be one of those people.
Lindsey Hanna
Lucas is a third grader in Mrs. Hockaday’s classroom and he is the most obstreperous student in the class. The teacher sends home a note to his mother and he vows to stop his bad behavior. Lucas improves his behavior and receives an award from his teacher at the end of the school year. Children can relate to the characters and the way they think in this book.
Lucas cott is one of the smartist kids in mrs.hockdays thrid grade class and lucas does not mean to be the class clown.At is home he had a messy breakfeast but almost at the end he had a bet befor that cricket kaufman came in the class room all happy and lucas made a bet!!!!!!!!!! and lucas was bord and restless in class.
Sydney McClure
This is a very comical book. A obstreperous third grader learns how to become a more well mannered student. This would be for upper elementary grades. Also, at least two new vocabulary words for the reader to learn that are clearly identifiable while reading.
i like this book a lot!
there´s a whole series about it
i like the part were Mr. mime comes and he gets suck in the chair and gets all the attention so when he gets out the mime gives him a imaginary ballon!
Alyssa Tubilag
I started reading books during my second grade. And yes, this is the first book I have completely finished reading and I thank Johanna Hurwitz for making me a certified book lover. :)
This book was great. I loved it. Im a very good reader. This book was easy. Trust me. Im an 8 year old boy and I loved this book. I give it a 5 star. I started it in 2012 June 3
I liked this book a lot as a kid (even though I was the opposite of the class clown), and I re-read it recently and feel like it holds up pretty well for being 25 years old.
Nov 12, 2009 Joshua added it
this is a kid that is a class clown in school and he gets in trouble alot. he makes lots of kids laugh. he never stops bieng a class clown.the teacher is tier
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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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