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Trust the ultracreative author/illustrator pair, Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith (The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!, the Time Warp Trio series, and more), to mastermind a plot this bizarre and yet somehow familiar to any school kid. Sure, Henry P. Baloney is a cute, saucer-eyed, green alien, but he has problems just like you and me--such as the threat of Permanent Lifelong Detention. Remarkably, as Scieszka reports in his afterword, when he received and decoded the transmission of this story (directly from deep space, mind you), it was written in a combination of many Earth languages, including Finnish, Swahili, Latvian, Esperanto, and Inuktitut (decoder included). Go figure.
Caldecott Honor artist Lane Smith must have spent a lot of time in detention, doodling away the hours. His weird, wild, wonderful pictures tell at least half the story, illustrating for readers' enlightenment just what a zimulis ("pencil" in Latvian) or speelplaats (Dutch for "playground") looks like. Fans of this ingenious pair will not be disappointed and may even make a twrf (Welsh for "noise") of joy! (Ages 5 to 9) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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It was great...used it for context clues...kids loved it.Published 1 month ago by Teresa Alfaro-Dougherty
Great book to teach context clues. A funny read for my class. I'd recommend it for Grades 3+Published 3 months ago by Online Shopper
My students loved this book, and were so into figuring out what the words meant. It's a great book for teaching vocabulary in context!Published 6 months ago by Rebecca Tucker
Great book for teaching context clues to second graders! They LOVE Henry P!Published 6 months ago by PB
Absolutely love this book - I use it to teach my younger students about inference and clue finding.....They LOVE the silly words too... ; )Published 12 months ago by C.S.
I love this book and so do my students...It really helps them apply the skill of context clues to figure out the meaning of the different words...Soooo much fun!Published 15 months ago by Eeyorelvr