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I Don't Believe It, Archie! Hardcover – March 13, 2012

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Starred Review, Booklist, March 1, 2012:
“Superb comic timing….readers will be vastly entertained by Archie’s misadventures.”

About the Author

ANDREW NORRISS has written many books for children; he is best known for Aquila, a novel that won the Whitbread Award and a Smarties Prize and was made into a BBC television series. Andrew is also known as a sitcom writer, whose works include The Brittas Empire, Matt's Millions, and Woof!

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: David Fickling Books (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385752504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385752503
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,884,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Andrew Norriss was teaching A level history when a visit to a hypnotherapist resulted not only in him giving up smoking but also becoming a full time writer.

He adapted his best loved story Aquila (Whitbread Children's Book of the Year 1997) for television, series which, along with Bernard's Watch, Matt's Million and Woof! are remembered with great affection.

His book Ctrl-Z was inspired by his son Johnny who, when he dripped baked beans on the table at supper one day, said, 'Ooops Ctrl-Z'.

Andrew loves visiting schools and libraries reminding children that reading is fun and that there is nothing better than a good story. He also gives regular talks to trainee teachers at the University of Winchester where he met his wife Jane many years ago. He lives in a village in Hampshire.

His other television credits include The Brittas Empire, and Chance in a Million starring Simon Callow and Brenda Blethyn.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lori Katz on July 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Day after day for a week we read about the odd and unbelievable things that happen to Archie and his new friend Cyd. While odd things have always happened to Archie, having Cyd there as a witness helps him cope and gets him out of trouble. From being accused of robbing a jewelry store to being mistaken as a kidnapped kid, each occurrence is more bizarre than the previous one. The twist at the end is brilliant! Archie's mother can never understand just why he doesn't complete any task or errand and exclaims time again "I don't believe it, Archie!"

This is a very funny story that will appeal to boys and girls. The chapters are not too long and there are lovely illustrations that help explain the action. There are many British words that may need to be explained to some readers for example trainers are sneakers and pounds are dollars. Recommended for second grade (advanced readers)through sixth grade(reluctant readers).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Untold on August 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I read this book to my third grade class. They loved every last part of it. The book has great humor. The last chapter was great because it tied the entire book into one. Perfect read!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anna on June 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My younger daughter is slower to become interested in a book than my older daughter. I had her read this one out loud to me during reading time, and I was happy to see how interested she was in it. We both laughed together and enjoyed the cute plot.
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