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.)
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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,
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