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Andy Shane and the Very Bossy Dolores Starbuckle Hardcover – June 14, 2005

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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. Kindergarten-Grade 2–Andy Shane does not want to go to school and it's easy to understand why. Every time he tries to participate in a classroom activity, Dolores Starbuckle raises her hand to tattle on him, correct him, or otherwise steal his thunder. Luckily, Andy's Granny Webb (a wise lady who knows the scientific names for bugs) puts an end to the bullying with a surprise visit to school. This story offers a refreshing perspective on a common childhood issue. Rather than fighting Andy's battle for him, Granny simply models assertive behavior as she interacts with Dolores. The perceptive boy mimics her actions, finally standing up to his nemesis with strength and dignity. The characters are complex and realistic for the most part, though their silliness is a bit exaggerated at times. The narrative voice is fresh and whimsical as when an impatient Dolores waves her arms like a willow in a windstorm. The pen-and-ink illustrations effectively depict Andy's frustration, Dolores's temper, and Granny's zany self-assuredness. Andy Shane is a welcome addition to the pantheon of compelling chapter-book protagonists. Children who feel upstaged by the Junie B.s of the world will be grateful to make his acquaintance.–Rachael Vilmar, Atlanta Fulton Public Library, GA
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Gr. 1-3. With a bit of help from Grandma, a shy lad is able to deal with an aggressive classmate in this chapter book for emergent readers. Dolores, the bane of both Andy and his teacher, Ms. Janice, generally speaks in capital letters, dominates any interchange, and can be relied on to trumpet out any irregularity or clumsy act she spots. Relief arrives at last in the person of Granny Web, Andy's foster parent, who not only demonstrates to the whole class how to ignore Dolores' bossiness but also gently prods Andy into showing that he knows a few things--specifically, the scientific names of common insects--that Dolores doesn't. Dolores, consistently depicted in Carter's frequent, informally drawn classroom scenes with her mouth either pursed disapprovingly or wide open, will elicit shivers of recognition from many young readers, and her final transformation from termagant-in-training to Andy's bosom buddy, though suspiciously quick, brings a satisfying sense of resolution. John Peters
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 610L (What's this?)
  • Series: Andy Shane
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (June 14, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076361940X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763619404
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.4 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,771,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By perlster on April 18, 2014
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This is a good book for readers who are becoming independent readers who are not ready for a true chapter book but want a book that is more "grown-up" looking. Treats a common classroom issue in a positive way.
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The following book review is written by students in 2M after completing their most recent book clubs:

Andy Shane and the very Bossy Dolores Starbuckle is written by J.R. Jacobson. It is about two kids who don’t get along. First, Andy’s grandmother is weird. Then, Dolores is bossy to other kids in his class. Andy doesn’t like Dolores. Read this book to find out if Andy and Dolores can learn how to get along. I would give this book a 9 out of 10 because it is detailed and it is funny. I would recommend this book to 1st and 2nd graders, because it is an interesting chapter book that had words we knew and some hard words too.
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