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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-5 Brian Higman, aka Big Hig, has a big problem. He doesn't have the rough draft (sloppy copy) of his writing assignment ready to turn in. He has a reason, but his teacher brooks no excuses. What's he going to do? In a straightforward narrative, Brian tells Miss Fromme and his classmates the story of his frenetic weekend, which involved one emergency after another, essentially creating a verbal sloppy copy. Sprinkled throughout the text are headlines and articles that Brian imagines he would use if he were writing for a newspaper. The tale is peppered with the funny antics of Brian's pesky little brother and his dog, Patches. The plot is clever and original, though the narrator's storytelling skills seem well above elementary level. The last chapter presents Big Hig's 'Facts' for Writing, tips that could help any student with an assignment. Humorous black-and-white drawings appear throughout. The book's storytelling aspects are reminiscent of those in Lois Lowry's Gooney Bird Green (Houghton, 2002). Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
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Gr. 3-5. DiSalvo, best know for her picture books, offers a humorous chapter book about conquering writer's block and finding stories in the everyday. Brian Higman ("Big Hig") has once again arrived at school without his writing assignment: "The problem is that I never have anything exciting to write about." He launches into a lengthy excuse to Miss Fromme and his class, describing why he couldn't complete his work: his younger brother's shenanigans; his older brother's noisy band; the nail-biting disappearance of his life savings, preventing his long-awaited purchase of a guitar. His story is so compelling that the class begs to hear installments throughout the day, and after school, Miss Fromme helps Brian see that his ordinary life is the stuff of great stories. DiSalvo combines spot-on humor, vivid classroom scenes, and tension that builds from the first page, and Brian's story, though not always seamlessly integrated, will keep children eagerly engaged. A list of writing tips and DiSalvo's winning pencil drawings round out this appealing title for young readers and writers. Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Paperback: 103 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House; Reprint edition (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823421899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823421893
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #463,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DyAnne DiSalvo is an American artist and author of children's literature, best known for her string of books which focus on building better communities, including City Green, Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen and Grandpa's Corner Store.

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Format: Hardcover
A terrific read for children in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades.This is a story about a boy who is not sure of himself when it comes to putting his ideas on paper and how he overcomes this insecurity. The author does an exceptional job of drawing the reader into the story through wit, suspense and the telling of a tale that captures the attention of the school age child. Not only is the book fun to read but it may help children in this age group overcome their own obstacles to writing.
An outstanding book, well written and illustrated and most importantly it may help your child become more confident in their own ability to "tell a story" and commit it to paper. Exceptional...5 stars!!!
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Format: Hardcover
An entertaining read for children. Details the creative writing process for kids in a way that they can relate to and makes the point that the best writing is writing what you know. The author writes in a simple and clear style and presents advanced writing techniques in an engaging manner so they are accessible to younger children (and perhaps parents). I highly recommend this book. I've bought it for my nieces. Anne/NJ
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A Kid's Review on June 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My daughter is taking a creative writing class over the summer, and I'm buying several copies for the class.
Excellent role model and story for children that love not only to read, but to express themselves on paper.

Highly recommended for grades 2-6
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Format: Hardcover
What a great book. Readers are surely going to be able to relate, or create connections to Brian. Brian shows up to school without having completed the first draft of his writing assignment. He had nothing to write about, everything he can think of is too boring, too short, too long, etc. So, Brian, after a series of close escapes, ends up having to explain his reason for not having his work completed. He ends up telling a great story from his life. He had something to write about as well. Readers will jump at the chance to voice their predictions as Brian's story unfolds.

The author does a wonderful job of throwing in writing details, such as pointing out similes.

Overall a great read that I am sure many readers will enjoy.
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Format: Paperback
Characters in The Sloppy Copy Slipup remind me of the kids from my own fifth grade class. Watching Big Hig's multi-stepped logic as he explains about the homework assignment is entertaining becuase it's so familiar. Even the teacher's sentences and mannerisms accurately reflect teachers I have met along the way. Hilarious recognizable moments whether in school or at home with Brian Higman. What a good read!
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My daughters just started creative writing class. I checked out the book by fluke! And, I am short of words to express my pleasure. My daughter is not a great reader and am struggling to instill love for reading in her. I am grateful to the writer for writing such an engaging book. Thanks!
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