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Baloney by Jon Scieszka
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Jun 05, 2011

it was ok

Written by Jon Scieszka
Illustrated by Lane Smith
2001 Scholastic
ISBN 0-439-57818-3
Genre: Picture book
Grade level: 1-3
Awards: Red Clover Winner 2003

This fictitious picture book is the story of Henry P. Baloney who is late for school once again. He tells a fantastical tale to his teacher to explain his tardiness. You will love Henry's facial expressions! Woven throughout the story are words like razzo (Italian for rocket) and zimulis (Latvian for pencil) from other languages including Latin, Swahili, Finnish and others. While the meanings of some of these words can be be inferred through the pictures, others cannot, which I did find frustrating. The meanings of the words however, are given in the back. For the student who can persevere and work through the unknown words, it will surely be enjoyed.


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