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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 600L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House; 1st edition (March 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823413578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823413577
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,653,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Three boys create mayhem while scrambling for their science fair project. "Auch fuels her novel with funny, flippant dialogue and clever one-liners," said PW. Ages 7-10. (Oct.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4AJosh and his best friend, Brian, the class brain, team up for their science project. While Josh takes a passive interest in it, Brian comes up with the idea of hypnotizing his dog, Arful, into thinking he's a cat. Back at school, the boys reluctantly admit the unlikable Dougie onto their team. During the course of the experiment, Josh becomes entranced by Brian's hypnotic swinging crystal. As time passes, it's hard to determine if Arful is any different, yet subtle changes in Josh's behavior begin to emerge. When they attempt to demonstrate their project at Parent's Night, it becomes clear to the boys that Josh has been inadvertently hypnotized and thinks he's a cat. Surprisingly, it's Dougie who saves the day. This well-written story is neatly constructed and has a funny, clever ending. The action moves quickly and the dialogue is natural. Josh is a likable character with whom readers will readily identify. The average-quality black-and-white cartoons add nothing to the text. Still, this is an entertaining tale for those who aren't quite ready for science-experiment-gone-wrong titles such as Dean Hughes's Nutty Knows All (Aladdin, 1991).ALucy Rafael, The Center for Early Education, West Hollywood,
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 1999
Format: Hardcover
In a time when we sometimes take ourselves too seriously, I Was A Third Grade Science Project comes to the rescue! Before you start this year's science fair project, you've got to read this! No more fizzled volcanoes or boring bean plants, this one will get your creative ideas popping and give you a few hours of rolling-on-the-floor laughter!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
I think the story is really neat. Three boys decide to use hypnosis to win the science fair, so they try hypnotise a dog to think he's a cat. The rest is really funny. I recommend this book to a lot of people! After you finish with this book, I recommend you read the second book in the series, "I Was A Third Grade Spy. "
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is very interesting. At least if you think hypnotizing a dog to think he's a cat is interesting. In this book three boys decide to hypnotize a dog to think he's a cat for their science project. I recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GardenGirl on August 14, 2010
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I read this book (along with "I Was a Third Grade Spy" and "A Dog on His Own" - both books by the same author) to my 5 year old son. We BOTH enjoyed the books so much. You don't need to wait until your child can read this book by themselves - it's a great chapter book to sit down to each night with a younger child. Excellent, fun, reading. Adults (well this one at least) enjoy it too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Melton on March 11, 2013
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Bought for a stundent who loves to read. She loved the book and reading is one of her favorite subjects.
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Loved the book. Used it as a novel study with as an end of the school year project! I created a comprehension packet. It took about 2 weeks. Most of my students really enjoyed this book!
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By San Antonio Family on August 8, 2012
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Bought this for my 7 year old. Very disappointed. Ms. Auch has made the mistake of trying to write in a literary style that cannot be appreciated by 7 year olds and in fact is detrimental to their literary and grammatic development. She unsuccessfully tries to use the "ole boy" dialect of a Steinbeck's Old Mack and the Boys from Cannery Row or a William Faulkner style. Here are some example quotes: "I thought maybe he was just one of them ugly dogs. You oughta go get your money back, Mrs. Lewis. I'd sue the guy who did that, if I was you." and "...but he sure isn't getting nowhere fast." Just in case I am mistaken about Ms. Auch's approach on style and should she in fact not be very knowledgeable about grammer, I'll point out the errors in the above examples: "them" is the incorrect relative pronoun for ugly dogs, "if I was you" should be in the conditional form of the verb "to be" - i.e., if I "were" you; and finally the use of double negatives in "he isn't getting nowhere fast." Not to mention the bountiful use of "gonna" and "oughta" throughout. DO YOU REALLY WANT YOUR IMPRESSIONALBE CHILD TO BE READING THIS QUALITY OF LITERATURE? Children's books should be fun, but they are also learning tools and should be correct. This book is completely inappropriate for learning children, and as far as you adult lovers of literature, you won't find much pleasure in this read!
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