"Gooney Bird doesn't need much help putting herself on the map. She'll be famous for years to come."-Kirkus
"In this fifth book in the series, Lowry deals with the ticklish classroom issue of students gloating about vacations. She (and Mrs. Pidgeon and Gooney Bird) handle it well, helping young readers reflect on the competitive chatter that often strains the fabric of a class right before holidays."-Horn Book
"Witty and perceptive in equal measure, the book features fine-tuned dialogue, kid-friendly illustrations, and a strongly realized classroom setting." -Booklist
Lois Lowry is the author of more than thirty books for young adults, including the popular Anastasia Krupnik series. She has received countless honors, among them the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the California Young Reader’s Medal, and the Mark Twain Award. She received Newbery Medals for two of her novels, NUMBER THE STARS and THE GIVER. Her first novel, A SUMMER TO DIE, was awarded the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award. Ms. Lowry now divides her time between Cambridge and an 1840s farmhouse in Maine. To learn more about Lois Lowry, see her website at www.loislowry.com.
Gooney Bird is in Mrs. Pidgeon's 2nd grade class, and it's a 2nd grade class unlike any I've ever seen!
And that is that it sends a terribly bad message that interrupting a teacher and being bossy is a good thing.
Unfortunately, it is marred by the baffling addition of Ebonics from its African-American character, Tyrone.
Funny book, amazed at how the teacher lets Gooney Bird run the show. My twins loved it he book showed illustrations of Gooney's crazy outfits.Published 20 months ago by kiddosmom
I have to admit that this book sat around awhile before our youngest read it. She looked at it a couple of times, put it down and finally picked it up again after some prodding. Read morePublished on February 23, 2012 by MichiganTraveler
So...I got this for my daughter and I did some Q & A with her...
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I read a lot of Lois Lowry's books when I was younger (20+ years ago). The other books about Gooney Bird had good reviews, so based on those and my previous experience, I was... Read morePublished on January 22, 2012 by kdea473
According to my 9 year old "it was okay." That's pretty much what I thought. Lois Lowry is one of my favorite authors (The Giver, Gathering Blue, The Messenger, Number the Stars,... Read morePublished on January 19, 2012 by Victor Blake
When three of her classmates declare they are going away for vacation, the geography lesson gets a whole lot cooler thanks to Gooney Bird Green! The class makes a map out of snow. Read morePublished on January 19, 2012 by Melissa Sack
This book was tough. Way too much time is spent focusing on Gooney Bird and how unique and smart she is compared to her other classmates. Read morePublished on January 2, 2012 by Fry Boy