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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 260L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: A Yearling Book; Reprint edition (November 2, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044041072X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440410720
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

It's almost Thanksgiving, and Richard Best can't stop thinking about Ms. Rooney's Candy Corn contest. Whoever can guess the exact number of yellow-and-orange candies in the jar on Ms. Roney's desk gets to keep them all. The only problem is Richard has to read a page in a library book for each guess.

Smelly Matthew, who sits in front of him, knows they'll never win. "We're the worst readers in the class, " he says. But Richard won't give up. He can already taste those Candy Corns. And before he knows it, he has. Three fat juicy ones.

What will Ms. Rooney do when she finds out?

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It's almost Thanksgiving, and Richard Best can't stop thinking about Ms. Rooney's Candy Corn contest. Whoever can guess the exact number of yellow-and-orange candies in the jar on Ms. Roney's desk gets to keep them all. The only problem is Richard has to read a page in a library book for each guess.



Smelly Matthew, who sits in front of him, knows they'll never win. "We're the worst readers in the class, " he says. But Richard won't give up. He can already taste those Candy Corns. And before he knows it, he has. Three fat juicy ones.



What will Ms. Rooney do when she finds out?

Customer Reviews

Easy to read.
Connie Toone
Even if a child is not a bed wetter, it is NOT ok for them to treat other kids the way these kids treated Matthew.
mom2babiesAB&C
I've started from the first book reading it aloud to my third graders during breakfast and they LOVE it!!
little e

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
My third grade teacher read us this book during the fall holidays. At the age of 23, I still remember the title and how it made me like candy corn. I think it's a great story. I'm going to buy this book for my nephew.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mom2babiesAB&C on July 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
I read this book when I was in third grade. I loved it, it was the first chapter book I read and I credit it for paving the way to my love of reading and books. When my very own third grader started struggling with reading I remembered this book. I was so happy to find it in Kindle form and bought it for him at once! We'll read it together, I said...it'll be fun, I sad! However, I had forgotten the part in the book where Matthew is made fun of for smelling bad because he's a bed wetter, how no one wanted to sleep next to him at the sleepover because he "lives in his own rainforest"....yikes!! My son is a bed wetter! The hurt I sensed in his eyes when we read the lines is burned in my brain forever....I can't believe I forgot about this! PLEASE Ms. Reillly-Giff...PLEASE update this book and make it for everyone. Even if a child is not a bed wetter, it is NOT ok for them to treat other kids the way these kids treated Matthew. On another note...there were a lot of misspellings in the kindle version.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Bleeker on May 29, 2001
Format: School & Library Binding
I read this book when I was in the third grade and I loved it!!! I probably read the book 20 times during my childhood. I am now 24, and still remember the yummy candy corn contest described in this book. :)
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 1999
Format: Paperback
I've read this book with my third graders for the past several years. They love it. They enjoy having a candy corn contest of their own while reading the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MG Kouba on December 1, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Part of what makes this such a nice and engaging story for young kids is the fact that the characters are so real and easy to relate to. My kids tried their darndest to like Jack and Annie, but those two are boring as heck -- even with dinosaurs, mummies, and pirates. Meanwhile, Giff's characters make walking down the hall seem like an adventure.

Some people have expressed concern about how mean-spirited some of the characters are. They are kids, and that's how kids are. They are not old enough in the story to understand empathy. We had a child in my son's class who was bullied and we read this book to gain some insight into how hurtful bullying can be. This book does NOT encourage bad behavior. My son came away from it admiring the kindness of one of the teachers and felt like he learned a lot
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By little e on February 8, 2008
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I discovered this series in my classroom two years ago and after reading Pickle Puss aloud I've decided to invest in the series. I've started from the first book reading it aloud to my third graders during breakfast and they LOVE it!! It's humorous, VERY relatable and great for teaching reading skills as you move through the story. I truly love these stories and all the characters within. I can't wait until we get to the next book...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shopper22 on November 25, 2008
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This book was very entertaining and kept you guessing two thirds through the book how many candy corn there were. Alot is going on in the classroom and tends to jump from classwork to a sleepover - but interestingly my daughter was able to follow right along. This book is about friendship and typical child thoughts. I enjoyed this book as well as my daughter. Good read.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Twain on December 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
Throughout the book, the main character and other characters spend a lot of energy making fun of a boy in their class who wets the bed and subsequently smells bad. This goes on and on, with words spoken both directly to the poor boy (Matthew) and behind his back. It gets to the point where the main character actually detests Matthew simply because of this problem. In the end, the main character softens, but it is not enough to alleviate all of the damage that has been done throughout the book. I cannot fathom why an author would think this would be good reading for first through third graders. We need to give our kids positive role models, and certainly this book does not deliver.
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Patricia Reilly Giff is the author of many beloved books for children, including the Newbery Honor books, Lily's Crossing and Pictures of Hollis Woods. She lives in Trumbull, Connecticut.

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