School!: Adventures at the Harvey N. Trouble Elementary School Hardcover – Jul 20 2010
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“Offbeat humor transfers into Harvey N. Trouble Elementary School, where Mr. Ivan Stuckinaditch drives the bus (or tries to) and Mr. Norman Don't-know is a clueless substitute teacher for dubious students like little Izzy Normal. There's nothing normal about [George] Booth's sketches and Kate McMullan's text, which will delight and challenge kids who love puns and wordplay.” ―USA Today
“School! almost reels in a tornado of silly wordplay and fast-paced events, with students like Dewey Haveto and little Izzy Normal in a chorus of confusion. Booth's comical portraits look like cameos of his beloved New Yorker cartoons--the janitors Iquit and Quitoo, tossing their brooms aside, could have just stepped off one of those crowded country porches.” ―The New York Times Book Review
“A playful, silly read that will draw young readers with its lighthearted humor.” ―BCCB
“If silly homonyms please you, you'll love a week with Chuckie Upkins, Gladys Friday, Iona Tricycle and more.” ―The Chicago Tribune
“Booth's great cartoon illustrations add whimsy and pure fun to every page, a quality that, when paired with McMullan's simple, quirky story, may well draw in reluctant readers. This is a good chapter book for children who enjoy the visual stimulation of well-done graphics.” ―School Library Journal
“If 30 Rock were set in an elementary school, one suspects it would resemble this loopy, breakneck comedy.” ―Publishers Weekly
About the Author
George Booth has been drawing cartoons for publications like The New Yorker and The New York Times for more than thirty years. He also illustrates children's books like this one. He lives on Long Island with his wife, Dione, who is not missing a shoe or an orange wig. He has said that no matter how old he gets, he never wants to stop trying new things--even if one of those things is a beanie weenie on a bun.
Kate McMullan has written more than 100 books for children. Yes, that's 100! These books include I Stink! and I'm Dirty! She has said that when she writes, she thinks back to her grade-school days―"the yucky lunches" and "the torture of gym class for the non-athletic." But she can't remember a time when her bus got stuck in a ditch or if she ever had a cat named Moose. She does remember that she always loved to read, and as soon as she could, she read her way through the children's shelves at her local library. When she grew up, she taught fourth grade in inner-city Los Angeles and on an American Air Force Base in Germany. Reading to her students, she started to wonder if she could write for kids. More than 100 books later, it appears she can! McMullan lives in Sag Harbor with her husband and collaborator, the illustrator Jim McMullan.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
I bought this book for my eight-year-old grandson, and when it arrived his mother thought he was too advanced for it and would toss it aside. NOT true! She reports that he loved it. Every page has a character with a name that will bring a smile to anyone young at heart: A janitor named Iquit, kids named Izzy Normal, Luke Out, Adam Up, Sid Down, Ron Faster and more, all illustrated with the amusing illustrations of long-time New Yorker cartoonist, George Booth. My all time favorite character?
McMullen and Booth have created a winner.
This is a fun book to read. A funny book of character's in one week in of an unusual elementry school. It'll encourage a hesitant reader to read.