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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 380L (What's this?)
  • Series: Roscoe Riley Rules (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (May 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061148814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061148811
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.2 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

The first title in this new series for independent readers introduces good-hearted, mishap-prone first-grader Roscoe. In short chapters filled with simple, snappy sentences, Roscoe tells his own story. He’s excited about his class’ bee-song performance for the school open house. But the students’ bobbing antennas keep slipping, and kids won’t stay seated. Aiming to help, he tries Super-Mega-Gonzo Glue, a too-successful solution that attaches antennas to chairs and brings chaos, remorse, and new appreciation for glue’s cautions. Roscoe is an appealing, lively kid whose story is both entertaining and thought provoking (adults may want to review with kids the meaning and repercussions of permanent glue), and Biggs’ expressive pencil drawings add to the humor. A list of Way Cool Things that Somebody Should Invent closes. The second title in the series, Roscoe Riley Rules #2: Never Swipe a Bully’s Bear, is scheduled for simultaneous release. Grades K-3. --Shelle Rosenfeld

About the Author

Katherine Applegate's many books include the Roscoe Riley Rules chapter book series, the picture book The Buffalo Storm, and the award-winning novel Home of the Brave. With her husband, Michael Grant, she wrote the hugely popular series Animorphs, which has sold more than 35 million copies worldwide.

Katherine was inspired to write The One and Only Ivan after reading about the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, the Shopping Mall Gorilla. The real Ivan lived alone in a tiny cage for twenty-seven years in a Washington State shopping mall before being moved to Zoo Atlanta after a public outcry. He was a beloved celebrity at the zoo, which houses the nation's largest collection of western lowland gorillas. Ivan was well-known for his paintings, which he "signed" with a thumbprint.

Katherine lives in California with her husband and two children.



Everything Goes is a series of books written and illustrated by Brian Biggs. The first books in the series, Everything Goes: On Land and Everything Goes: In the Air, are a celebration of cars, trucks, motorcycles, planes, and other things that go!


More About the Author

Katherine Applegate's many books include the Roscoe Riley Rules chapter book series, a picture book entitled The Buffalo Storm, and the award-winning novel, Home of the Brave. With her husband, Michael Grant, she wrote the hugely popular series Animorphs, which has sold more than 35 million copies worldwide.

Katherine was inspired to write The One and Only Ivan after reading about the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, the "Shopping Mall Gorilla." The real Ivan lived alone in a tiny cage for twenty-seven years at a shopping mall before being moved to Zoo Atlanta after a public outcry. He was a beloved celebrity at the zoo, which houses the nation's largest collection of western lowland gorillas, and was well known for his paintings, which he "signed" with a thumb-print.

Katherine lives in California with her husband and two children.

Customer Reviews

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By M. Haley on November 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
My 7-year-old reads at a 4th grade level, but he doesn't enjoy reading. Well, nothing aside from Pokemon books or Wrestling magazines. I've been struggling to introduce him to reading for pleasure -- a real book, you know, with chapters.

This book is just what he needed. Chapter 2 is less than a page long. He liked that. I think he gets intimidated by long chapters and quickly loses interest. He read the first 5 chapters last night & wanted to read more. I'm sure he'll finish it tonight, but it's nice that he was left wanting more. I can't count how many books he never finished reading.

Anyway, the book revolves around a boy who finds himself in trouble, although his actions are well-intentioned. It reads easily and quickly. The humour is really engaging. He is really enjoying reading this book. I'm sure we'll be looking for others in this series!
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Jen on January 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
A very cute series for young kids. Its hard to find books without mean words or violence anymore. Even harder is a positive series featuring a young boy. Kudos to the author!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Social Worker Mom on June 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My five year old and I picked up this book and we love it. We sit together and laugh out loud at Roscoe's antics. I realized this morning, when we were reading out loud at breakfast, that he went ahead and read the entire book by flashlight last night. I believe that is his seal of approval.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J Hawk on January 31, 2009
Format: Paperback
My second graders think the Roscoe Riley series are great! He's a character both boys and girls can relate to. They are hoping for more books in this series.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By DuWayne Brayton on March 17, 2011
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My eldest has rather severe emotional problems (due to circumstances completely outside his control) and, like me, has severe attention deficit problems. He has been unbelievably excited about this book, because it features a protagonist he can really relate to. It has really helped him understand that he isn't alone. Coupled with some good conversations, it has also helped him understand that I really do understand that he doesn't mean to do things that aren't quite right - even though I still have to discipline him for them.

Things get tough sometimes, I am a single/only parent of a child who outright hates himself sometimes because of the decisions he makes. Add my three year old to the mix, along with my own ADD and papa can get upset and make bad choices too. This book (and series) really helps put who we are and what we're doing in perspective. It gives me and my eldest the opportunity to laugh at things that are a very real part of our own experience - a part that is all too often cause for friction and frustration for both of us.

I will happily recommend this series to anyone with a child who has these kinds of problems. We often spend so much of our time focused on changing these behavior patterns that we forget we can also laugh about it sometimes. As parents, we also tend to forget that there are a lot of rules that aren't necessarily as obvious as we think they are or should be. I know that when I was a kid, I had the hardest time understanding rules that were implied by other rules - at least until I really thought about it. But by that time I had done whatever I shouldn't have and was thinking about it in hindsight. Books like this one help remind me that my eldest has that exact same experience.

Roscoe Riley Rules is definitely a huge winner and greatly appreciated in our house.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ISABEL DLS on November 9, 2010
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Reading for fun has never been at the top of the list of things to do for my boys. I've gone through all kinds of stories with them. With that said, my son loves this book. He laughed the whole way through it. He was able to laugh at what he read and then tell me why it was funny, because your really not supposed to do the things Roscoe does. It's kind of like a Junie B. Jones but for boys and the main character isn't as bratty. It starts with Roscoe in timeout and telling us "It's not like I try to find trouble, trouble has a way of finding me." My son laughed or smiled through the whole book. For him to love a book I'd give rate it with 100 stars. We will be buying the books that follow.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Smith on August 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book on a whim at the book store for my 8 year old son. He struggles with reading and this book seemed easy enough to read while not being too babyish of a story. I was right. He thoroughly enjoyed Roscoe's antics, not just in this book, but #2 and #3 as well. We just found out that #4 is now in the book stores. He asked me if we could go get it. I think we found a winner!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lynnamint on May 8, 2013
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I am a 6 year old boy. I thought the book was okay. It is almost too easy to read. The boy does bad things and doesn't follow the rules. It's supposed to be funny, but it's not to me. I did think his family was funny and interesting. Since it is so short and easy to read, I will try the second book and see if that one is funnier.
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