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The Bathwater Gang Paperback – October 5, 2005

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3-- Eleven short chapters plus black-line illustrations develop a slight story about Bertie Kidd. She tells her energetic grandmother that she is bored on the second day of summer vacation, and her grandmother suggests that she start a gang. Fifty-nine girls gather for free pizza but only two show up at the first club meeting; the boys form a counter gang and mischief ensues. Finally, a free-for-all mud fight (with Granny improbably unrecognized under all that mud) convinces everyone that it is more fun to do things together. The title refers to the new gang's purpose: providing a mobile pet washing service. A book that's light, entertaining, and broadly limned for readers not quite ready for more substantial fare such as Janice Lee Smith's "Adam Joshua" stories or Ann Cameron's "Julian" series. --Susan Hepler, Alexandria City Public Schools, VA
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (October 5, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316014427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316014427
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,729,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Kid's Review on March 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
I read a very good book. I liked it alot it had some good parts in it. One of the reasons I like this book so much is because it showes you that judge people for their race. The second is that when your bored do something like start a gang like Bertie did. The last reason is that be happy for what people you have in your life just like Bertie did with her grandma.

I did not really have any worst parts in the book. Well maybe just one. When the boys gang and the girls gang did them horrible things to each other. Like they threw water balloons at the girls and made them it shaving cream cupcakes, and put clothes pins in their yard.

I like where the story took place, like at the mud puddle where the girls and boys threw mud at each other. The other thing that was cool to me was the conflict that Bertie was so bored and she finally figured out that she was going to start a gang.
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Format: Paperback
Bertie is already bored on the second day of summer vacation. Her not-so-typical grandma suggests she create a gang to do things with. Her best friend, Damaris Pickwell can't join because gangs always lead to trouble.
She advertises a pizza party for her gang. She also advertises "Girls Only". The pizza party is a success, but only two others show up to the first meeting. They start having fun and the fun turns into a feud with a boy gang. Grandma comes to the rescue again with some great ideas.
This is a fun, easy to read book for younger readers. They are introduced to Jerry Spinelli and Maniac Magee's world of Two Mills. I think they will be excited to continue reading his novels as they grow up.
It also can be used to teach children about including others, the problems with gangs, and the value of service without getting too heavy. It's another great book by Jerry Spinelli.
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Bertie is already bored on the second day of summer vacation. Her not-so-typical grandma suggests she create a gang to do things with. Her best friend, Damaris Pickwell can't join because gangs always lead to trouble.
She advertises a pizza party for her gang. She also advertises "Girls Only". The pizza party is a success, but only two others show up to the first meeting. They start having fun and the fun turns into a feud with a boy gang. Grandma comes to the rescue again and everyone is happy. This is a fun, easy to read book for younger readers. They are introduced to Jerry Spinelli and Maniac Magee's world of Two Mills. I think they will be excited to continue reading his novels as they grow up. It also can be used to teach children about including others, the problems with gangs, and the value of service without getting too heavy. It's another great book by Jerry Spinelli.
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A Kid's Review on October 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
Well, I rented it from the library, just for fun. I didn't know what I was in for, and it's pretty short, so when I went on an arrend with my mom I read it in the car, it's pretty good actually! Although I read it in 30 minutes -- just because I'm partly past and it was short. Grandma is so spunky! I wish mine was the same. Bertie does learn a lesson and I can't wait to read the other one.
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This is an excellent story for children in first grade on up. Themes are universal and relevant. Granny is very funny. Lots to be learned from reading this engaging story.
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