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School!: Adventures at the Harvey N. Trouble Elementary School Hardcover – July 20, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends; 1st edition (July 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312375921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312375928
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,381,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 1-4–Ron Faster runs downstairs and eats breakfast with his parents every morning and then dashes off to catch the school bus. It inevitably gets stuck in a ditch by its driver, Mr. Ivan Stuckinaditch. Eventually, the children will all arrive at the Harvey N. Trouble Elementary School where every day is “not normal,” as little Izzy Normal always says. The story takes readers into Ron's week, from Hotsy-Totsy Monday to Hunky-Dory Thursday, at his outlandish school, where, through extreme silliness, little life lessons are learned. Every day when Ron arrives home, he and his parents talk about what he learned. The characters all have giggle-worthy names that relate to their personalities or attributes; the music teacher is Mrs. Doremi Fasollatido, and the custodians are named Janitor Iquit and Janitor Quitoo. Booth's great cartoon illustrations add whimsy and pure fun to every page, a quality that, when paired with McMullan's simple, quirky story, may well draw in reluctant readers. This is a good chapter book for children who enjoy the visual stimulation of well-done graphics.Alison Donnelly, Collinsville Memorial Public Library, IL
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“Offbeat humor transfers into Harvey N. Trouble Elementary School, where Mr. Ivan Stuckinaditch drives the bus (or tries to) and Mr. Norman Don’t-know is a clueless substitute teacher for dubious students like little Izzy Normal. There’s nothing normal about [George] Booth’s sketches and Kate McMullan’s text, which will delight and challenge kids who love puns and wordplay.” –USA Today

School! almost reels in a tornado of silly wordplay and fast-paced events, with students like Dewey Haveto and little Izzy Normal in a chorus of confusion. Booth’s comical portraits look like cameos of his beloved New Yorker cartoons—the janitors Iquit and Quitoo, tossing their brooms aside, could have just stepped off one of those crowded country porches.” –The New York Times Book Review

“A playful, silly read that will draw young readers with its lighthearted humor.” –Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“If silly homonyms please you, you'll love a week with Chuckie Upkins, Gladys Friday, Iona Tricycle and more.” –The Chicago Tribune

“Booth’s great cartoon illustrations add whimsy and pure fun to every page, a quality that, when paired with McMullan’s simple, quirky story, may well draw in reluctant readers. This is a good chapter book for children who enjoy the visual stimulation of well-done graphics.” –School Library Journal

“If 30 Rock were set in an elementary school, one suspects it would resemble this loopy, breakneck comedy.” –Publishers Weekly


More About the Author

Kate McMullan is the author of many books for young readers, including I Stink!, winner of a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor; I'm Mighty; and Meg's Prairie Diary, a historical fiction trilogy set in St. Louis and Kansas in 1856. She has been fascinated by the Lewis and Clark Expedition since the age of ten, when an uncle told her about an ancestor who had gone on the expedition. That ancestor was sixteen-year-old George Shannon. Ms. McMullan lives in New York City and Sag Harbor, New York, with her husband and collaborator, noted illustrator Jim McMullan, their daughter, two cats, and a dog.

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8 year old son loved this book.
Josh Tonsor
He reads sections of it over and over (laughing to himself while he reads!).
J. McPhee
Great fun to read aloud to the kids.
Steve P.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine Dusky on August 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Viola Fuss?

I bought this book for my eight-year-old grandson, and when it arrived his mother thought he was too advanced for it and would toss it aside. NOT true! She reports that he loved it. Every page has a character with a name that will bring a smile to anyone young at heart: A janitor named Iquit, kids named Izzy Normal, Luke Out, Adam Up, Sid Down, Ron Faster and more, all illustrated with the amusing illustrations of long-time New Yorker cartoonist, George Booth. My all time favorite character?

Ivana Snack.

McMullen and Booth have created a winner.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steve P. on September 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
My 5 year old daughter has read this "pun-ny" book at least 5 times already. Once I explained how the names worked she loved it. Her favorite it Mr. Don'tknow. She made me ask her different questions for an hour so she could keep answering "I don't know," just like the character does, and then she laughed hysterically. Every time. Great fun to read aloud to the kids.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MGGB on August 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Kate and George have created a fun and clever graphic novel. This is delightful.
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By brad on June 16, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A fun book of puns.

This is a fun book to read. A funny book of character's in one week in of an unusual elementry school. It'll encourage a hesitant reader to read.
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My 8-year-old son appreciates books that are silly, so this book clearly fits the bill! When asked why he likes it, he said "This book is really funny! I like it because the characters have funny names like "Dewey Haveto" - he keeps asking "Do we have to???" He thinks that lots of kids should like it too. He reads sections of it over and over (laughing to himself while he reads!). I wish this book was part of a series!
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