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Class Clown Paperback – August 1, 1988


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 670L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Reissue edition (August 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590418211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590418218
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #869,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Lucas is the most obstreperous pupil in Mrs. Hockaday's third grade. He races pencils and cracks jokes when things seem a bit dull, and he always forgets to raise his hand. When his teacher sends home a note, Lucas vows (although it won't be any fun) to behave in class. Somehow, though, most of his good intentions go awry. Nevertheless, Lucas perseveres, and by the end of the school year Mrs. Hockaday sends him home with another note that cites his improved behavior. Unlike many "class clown" stories, this one includes insights into Lucas's behavior, much of which was not originally intended to be defiant. While one entire chapter has absolutely nothing to do with school or the issue of being a class clownthe rest of the story is told with warmth, humor and a light touch that should appeal to readers. Ages 6-9.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4 Hurwitz has created a third-grade classroom full of lively, true-to-life individuals, but Lucas Cott is the real star. A boy full of enthusiasm and an overabundance of engergy, never deliberately misbehaving but always wanting attention, he tries the patience of everyone with whom he interacts. Once again Hurwitz exhibits her talent for creating characters who talk, act, and think just like real kids. Adults are also given three-dimensional treatment, from Lucas' often exasperated teacher, whose patience with him wears thin but never out, to his mother, loving yet harried because of Lucas and her twin toddlers. There are some very funny moments here, as well as some gentle and touching ones. An episode in which Lucas' decision to bring a bagful of fall leaves rather than the one or two his teacher has assigned backfires will make a perfect read-aloud chapter. Realistic dialogue, short sentences in large print, and commonplace situations that sparkle with humor combine to make this a fine choice for children just beginning chapter books. Trev Jones.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
I am a 9 year old girl that really enjoyed your book Class Clown. I especially like when Mrs Hochaday was handing out awards and Lucas Cott didn't care if he didn't get a pencil that was half red and half blue. Then when he got an award for the best improved conduct at the end of the year he really did care he that he received the red and blue pencils. I wanted to tell everyone how good your book the Class Clown is. I give it a 5 out of 5 stars for being so funny
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AWGamer11 on August 19, 2006
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Whether you are a teacher, a parent, or a student this is a great and entertaining story of a student named Lucas Cott who is the typical "class clown." However, through the story and the many events, Lucas finds that he enjoys NOT being the class clown more than he does the negative attention. It's a great story of how someone can change thier perspective and then change their behavior! Great story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ardnam VINE VOICE on March 28, 2004
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Students and teacher alike will enjoy this story. Lucas has a knack for getting himself in sticky situations. (Most teachers have had a student like this at one time or another and children will recognize a classmate in Lucas.) Lucas fakes an eye examination, when told to bring in a leaf t school he brings in an entire bag of them, and he manages to gethis head stuck in a chair during an assemby. Lucas means well but... This is a very enjoyable book. It has eight chapters and is a great book for second and third graders.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 21, 2006
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Class Clown is awesome. My favorite part was when Lucas put his head through the chair. I liked chapter seven because it was about the circus when Lucas was ringmaster and Julio was a clown. I liked chapter eight because it was the last chapter of the book. Class Clown is the best book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 13, 2006
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Johanna Hurwitz's book, The Class Clown, is about Lucas Cott's ups and downs in the school year. He is probably one of the smartest students in the third grade although he hides that fact by always getting in trouble. But when he ties on a bet with Cricket Kaufman (who plans on being a lawyer), Cricket takes Lucas as her practice client and keeps Lucas out of trouble and then things get interesting.

This book has a great story line and is very well witten. It was a lot of fun to read. Johanna Hurwitz pulls you into the story at the very beginning of the book and then keeps pulling all the way. It's a good third-fourth grade book. All in all, it's a good book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 30, 2003
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The book Class Clown is a great book for kids who like funny books. In this book, Lucas is the biggest class clown in his whole school. He gets a note sent home in the beginning of the year because he is being distracting in the classroom. He had to
have a talk with his teacher. After half the year passed, Lucas was bad sometimes in the year. At the end of the year, Lucas's class puts on a mini circus for his school. I think that it is a real funny book you should read this book too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 21, 2006
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Our class loved Class Clown. It's funny. You should read it because you'll love it, too. Lucas is the class clown. This book is one of the funniest books you'll ever read and I mean it! So read it! You'll have a good time reading it. It's the best book. Everybody in your familyh will love it, too. It was a surprise at the end of the story. I hope you enjoy it so much because it's reeeeal fun to read. I promise you'll love it. I thought it was good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 28, 2005
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Class Clown is a hilarious book that our class truly enjoyed reading aloud. The main character, Lucas Cott, is a hilarious student. His off task, obstreperous, foolish behavior makes him a fun, realistic character. Our class decided that having Lucas as a classmate would be a sure joy. We reccommend this book strongly if you want a good laugh.
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