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From Publishers Weekly

In I Was a Third Grade Science Project, Josh was hypnotized into thinking he was a cat. Now, in I Was a Third Grade Spy by Mary Jane Auch, illus. by Herm Auch, Brian's dog, Artful, can talk and the canine's ability to report back on the doings of their nemesis, Emily, has its uses.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4-A perfectly silly sequel to Auch's hilarious I Was a Third Grade Science Project (Holiday, 1998). This book immediately engages readers with a laugh and a bit of a shock-the first chapter is narrated by Arful the dog. In the earlier title, his owner, Brian "the Brain," and his friends tried to hypnotize Arful into thinking he was a cat, but it was Josh who developed a taste for raw fish, instead. Here, Josh is returned to normal, but Arful can talk. Many short and entertaining scenes ensue as the boys try to win the upcoming talent show and send the dog to spy on the competition. The canine's perceptions and worldview, shared for the first time because of his new vocabulary, provide most of the laughs. The short chapters are narrated alternately by Josh and Arful with postage-stamp-sized illustrations at the beginning of each chapter indicating whose turn it is to "speak." The pace of the story suits the audience and the genre, and the language is well balanced throughout. This title will be a welcome addition to any collection looking for more funny, easy chapter books.
Piper L. Nyman, Fairfield/Suisun Community Library, Fairfield, CA
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; Reissue edition (January 14, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440418712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440418719
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Young Mensan BookParade on May 28, 2013
Format: Paperback
Mary Jane Auch and is an award winning author and illustrator of children's books for younger readers.

The story is mainly about a dog called Arful Lewis who suddenly begins talking.
The chapters are narrated by Brain Lewis and his dog Arful Lewis.
The dog's owner and his friends send Arful to spy on the other students
who are planning to participate in the school's talent show.
I found the story's plot to be very funny with nice illustrations.
One of My favorite chapters was the preparation for the talent show. Brian's friend Dougie came up with the idea of being a ventriloquist using Arful as his partner.
I think other young readers will enjoy this book because it makes you laugh knowing that the dog Arful can actual understand and talk with other people.

I also recommend this book because of the characters, illustrations and interesting story line for readers between the ages 5 to 8. I give a rating of five stars.

Review by Cyrus S., age 7, Greater New York Mensa
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
This story is very good. I like how Mary Jane Auch switched the characters narrating the story's chapters. For example, first it was the dog, Arful who was narrating a chapter, then it was a kid named Josh. I think that's cool. Overall I'd say this book was really good. WOW.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jade of Planet Rock on January 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I was baby sitting and the kids just loved it. I recommend this book for parents who want to keep the kids quiet or any babysitters that want the kids to be amused.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ben Ling on December 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
I read the entire book to my dog-obsessed 6-year-old son one night, mainly because it was funny enough to keep him laughing. The dog, Arful, narrates every other chapter in present tense, which exposed my son to different verb tenses. I'll be getting the rest of the books in this series!
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