|Here I am feverishly and happily cleaning while completing the inventory.|
*Note the mounting heap of used baby wipes/paper towels on the cart.
Now that is summertime, I have a bit more free time, so back to regular postings for RevieWednesday! One of the books that the students LOVED (an understatement) this year was the award-winning book, The Dunderheads, written by Paul Fleischman (an amazing author) and illustrated by David Roberts. Th writing is very well done with perfect descriptions of each of the many characters. In addition, the illustrations are very entertaining. Pay close attention to the amusing details within the vivid illustrations, such as a gargoyle picking its nose. :)
I admit, I heavily promoted the book, as it was one of the Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award selections for 3-5 graders. It also proved to be a favorite for Louisiana 3-5 graders who voted and selected it as the 2012 award winner! I could not keep this book on the shelves; therefore, it was one of the books that needed extreme cleaning during inventory! :) Though it may be entertaining for some groups of younger students, the primary audience for The Dunderheads (a 56 page picture book) is 3-5 graders, and even middle school students would enjoy it!
We can all relate to one or all the students in the The Dunderheads. We have all had a "mean" teacher, but Miss Breakbone takes the cake. For instance, she rewards herself with gold stars when she makes students cry! (I enjoy reading this book aloud, because I like to get into character as Miss Breakbone during her crazy, attention-grabbing rants.) One day, she confiscates a cat statue from Theodore (known as "Junkyard") who was planning to give the cat to his mother as a gift. Led by "Einstein", the heroic student narrator, the class devises a strategic plan to retrieve the cat from Miss Breakbone's house. Each student possesses a different, but very intriguing, area of expertise, and each student's expertise comes in handy at different times during the implementation of their plan. Will they be able to retrieve the cat from the evil Miss Breakbone and return it to its rightful owner?
|the terrifying Miss Breakbone!!!|
For all the students (or adults) who ever dream of getting revenge or "righting a wrong" against a genuinely mean or unfair teacher, I highly recommend this book. You will despise Miss Breakbone, root for the underdog, and thoroughly enjoy the writing and illustrations!
The Tiny Librarian