From School Library Journal
Grade 1–3—Only two kids in Roscoe's class are lucky enough to own the new fashion fad, sneakers with built-in walkie-talkies. Then an out-of-the-blue package arrives for Roscoe from Great-aunt Imogene, and he joins the cool set. When his friend Gus can't get new shoes because his old ones are not worn out, Roscoe sets to work on his pal's seemingly indestructible footwear. Then, just when Gus's mother relents, the school outlaws the sneakers, and Roscoe ends up in time out for destroying his friend's old ones. End matter includes an entertaining list of things Roscoe wonders about before falling asleep and a preview of the next book in the series. Applegate perfectly captures the voice of kids in this fast-paced, funny title. Children will love the short chapters, kid ingenuity, and comical illustrations.—Debbie Whitbeck, West Ottawa Public Schools, Holland, MI
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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!