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The Wrong Kind of Bark

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Finley takes his dog to school. Big trouble.
Hardcover, 47 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Crabtree Publishing Company (first published March 1st 2004)
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Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
A red bananas level book (year 2) that introduces a distracted boy named Findlay who is tripped up by HOMONYMS.
"Finlay sat next to the fish tank. He liked watching the fish. They were more interesting than the teacher." I can identify with this kid. Our classroom had huge windows that overlooked a cemetery where I could keep on eye on my dad as he worked various jobs. But I didn't have any trouble understanding the concept of homonyms, only paying attention.
This is a fun book with wonderful
Tanvir Haque
Jun 09, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a nice little book suitable for Years 2-3 or children aged 6-8. It is more suitable for Year 2 as it is part of a series of books helping early readers to progress, called ‘Banana Storybooks.’ There are 4 levels of difficulty in the series: Green (easiest) Blue Red Yellow (hardest). The Wrong Kind Of Bark belongs to the red band and is meant to be a ‘bridging’ reading book intended to help pupils progress. It has pictures, speech bubbles, as well as speech marks in the main text. The ...more
Hwee Goh
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Finlay spends his time in his classroom watching the little fish in the tank, or the little bird at the construction scaffolding outside. As a result, he brings all the wrong things to school that he's been told to bring. Flour for flower, screws and nuts for tree and ground nuts. The comedy of errors results in Finlay bringing in a puppy instead of a piece of bark from a tree! The story is quite lengthy but repetitive, so it's helpful to sustaining the young reader's attention. Finlay may lack ...more
Jul 29, 2009 rated it did not like it
This book is meant for readers who are just getting comfortable reading chapter books. I didn't care for the story in this book because the boy who misbehaves on every page seems to get away with it and then at the end, his misbehavior is actually rewarded. The illustrations aren't to my liking but I can't hold that against it, but I do think the story is one that parents can pass up.
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Growing up
I grew up in a tall Victorian London house with my parents, grandmother, aunt, uncle, younger sister Mary and cat Geoffrey (who was really a prince in disguise. Mary and I would argue about which of us would marry him).

Mary and I were always creating imaginary characters and mimicking real ones, and I used to write shows and choreograph ballets for us. A wind-up gramophone wafted out Cho