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School!: Adventures at the Harvey N. Trouble Elementary School Hardcover – Jul 20 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends; 1 edition (July 20 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312375921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312375928
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.7 x 18.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,319,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hilarious book for kids Aug. 20 2010
By Lorraine Dusky - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Viola Fuss?

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?

Ivana Snack.

McMullen and Booth have created a winner.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 year old daughter loves it!!! Sept. 8 2010
By Steve P. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
My 5 year old daughter has read this "pun-ny" book at least 5 times already. Once I explained how the names worked she loved it. Her favorite it Mr. Don'tknow. She made me ask her different questions for an hour so she could keep answering "I don't know," just like the character does, and then she laughed hysterically. Every time. Great fun to read aloud to the kids.
5.0 out of 5 stars My 8-year-old says "It's funny!" Sept. 17 2012
By J. McPhee - Published on
Format: Paperback
My 8-year-old son appreciates books that are silly, so this book clearly fits the bill! When asked why he likes it, he said "This book is really funny! I like it because the characters have funny names like "Dewey Haveto" - he keeps asking "Do we have to???" He thinks that lots of kids should like it too. He reads sections of it over and over (laughing to himself while he reads!). I wish this book was part of a series!
5.0 out of 5 stars he was not happy, he suspected its something that is boring and ... Feb. 12 2015
By Christine - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
When my son saw the cover, he was not happy, he suspected its something that is boring and only try to make him like school. Once we started, he loves loves loves it. It is hilarious for a 5 year old.
5.0 out of 5 stars FUN PUNS June 16 2014
By brad - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A fun book of puns.

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.