Loved Betty from Lunch Lady getting her comic while Lunch Lady was out sick. Poor Babymouse face a tough quest to get recess back. The librarian in meLoved Betty from Lunch Lady getting her comic while Lunch Lady was out sick. Poor Babymouse face a tough quest to get recess back. The librarian in me was especially amused by Dan Santat's commentary on The Giving Tree. All in all, this collection made me smile. #nerdybookclub members will want to take a peek at the dedication on this one....more
When he discovers his class has to put on a play, Hank is very worried. With the help of his best friend and the new girl that has moved into his aparWhen he discovers his class has to put on a play, Hank is very worried. With the help of his best friend and the new girl that has moved into his apartment building (and clubhouse!), Hank tries to nail down the lines for Aqua Fly. But can Hank survive the audition?
I think this would be a fun read aloud in a primary classroom....more
Trevor Jones is staring middle school and he's been preparing for it for weeks. He's determined to get a good start to the year by following the instrTrevor Jones is staring middle school and he's been preparing for it for weeks. He's determined to get a good start to the year by following the instructions his best friend Libby emailed him about middle school. He's going to try not to doodle all over everything with his favorite pen. He's going to not hang out with the janitor. Those things are all in the plan, but Trevor's not prepared for Libby to show up for the first day in a skirt or for her to tell him they can't be best friends anymore. Libby's bailed Trevor out from embarrassing situations on the first day of school for years. Before Trevor can figure out how he'll handle rescuing himself, Libby issues him an ultimatum that he's even less prepared to handle--Trevor has to find a date to the fall dance before the end of the first day of school.
Missteps abound in Trevor's first weeks of middle school. He knows he's supposed to steer clear of the eighth graders, but it's impossible. When he isn't being the target of an overly cool boy's bullying, Trevor is asking an eighth grader at his bus stop for advice. When he tries to ask the new girl Molly to the dance by dropping a note into the trash, he ends up sneezing on the note instead. He's still determined to ask Molly even if she is as different from Trevor as can be--she wears clothes with tears, doesn't mind being late and likes getting detentions. Trevor also has to find a way to convince Libby that she's got the very worst date to the dance, but Libby thinks Trevor is making up lies.
Each chapter of the Classroom starts with an interview excerpts with students from Westside Middle School. Anxious Trevor, Libby, Molly, the bully and others take their turns spinning the events leading from the first day of school up through the fall dance. This is a funny read with depth that deals with friendship changes, bullying, teenage relationships, anxiety issues and more. Sketches and artifacts from the school add another dimension to this documentary-style book.
I reviewed an ARC of this book courtesy of Netgalley....more
Abby is desperate for a pet. Her parents insist on living in a tiny and calm house. Most pets are definitely not tidy-dogs chew to many things, cats cAbby is desperate for a pet. Her parents insist on living in a tiny and calm house. Most pets are definitely not tidy-dogs chew to many things, cats claw too many things. Even goldfish are turned down because of how they stare when they swim (or so Abby's mother says). The only way Abby ever gets a pet is when it's temporary like last year when the class rabbit spent the night. The rabbit didn't like Abby's trampoline at all, but it was still better than no pet at all.
Mrs. Melvino, Abby's new teacher, has a class pet too. It's one Abby would love to take home. Max looks like a lot more fun than something that needs things to be nice and quiet. He roams around during class, sometimes tugging on a shoelace or sitting on the kids' feet. He looks like the perfect temporary pet even if he doesn't come when he is called. Max isn't a hamster, a rabbit or a guinea pig. He's not a dog or a cat either. Max is a duck.
When Abby's classmate asks if students can take Max home, Mrs. Melvino explains there won't be a class rotation. For Max to go home with a student that student has to meet the duck's demands. He can't go anywhere cats live or where there are ferrets. The yard must be secure and there has to be an aquatic environment for Max.
Abby and her classmates start planning. They offer plan after to plan to their teacher only to have them turned down. Swimming pools are definitely out. A bathtub won't work for overnight. Abby changes her plan again and again, trying to earn a chance to take Max home while her neighbor Noah is also fighting to get Max to his home.
This is a funny early chapter book with great comic relief provided by Max, the duck with the brown speckled feathers and smooth orange beak. Abby and Noah's antagonism as they compete to earn Max feels very real and I liked how they had to come to work together in this book. The sketches throughout the book are lighthearted. Duck for a Day would be an entertaining addition to any children's collection.
This book was originally published in Australia and will be released in the U.S. on Febraury 28, 2012. I read a copy of this book through NetGalley....more