- Age Range: 9 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 4 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 900L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: EgmontUSA (October 12, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1606840878
- ISBN-13: 978-1606840870
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,897,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Butler Gets a Break: A Bellweather Tale Hardcover – October 12, 2010
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Gr 4-6–Benway, who graduated first in his class from the B. Knighted Academy for Butlers, dreams of retiring to a quiet Cottage Far, Far Away. For now, though, he is still working for the Bellweathers, who live in the Lighthouse on the Hill in the village of Eel-Smack-by-the-Bay. Their nine-year-old triplets use saws and hatchets to make holes in the stairs to create their concept of negative space art. Benway falls into the stairway art and breaks his leg and must recuperate in the hospital. The zany family members–there are seven children–try to find a replacement, and, when unsuccessful, tell Benway about a new, fictitious butler so he won't worry about them. Ninda, 13, continues to try to do good deeds while Spider, 14, frets over endangered animals, and, of course, the triplets continue their artful search. A companion to Leaving the Bellweathers (Egmont USA, 2009), this story is told through third-person narration and Benway's journal entries. The result is a humorous, edgy read that feels like a blend of Roald Dahl and Lemony Snicket. It's a wacky romp that's sure to please.–Helen Foster James, University of California at San Diegoα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
In this entertaining follow-up to Leaving the Bellweathers (2009), the title family’s longtime, often long-suffering butler, Benway, is hospitalized with a broken leg due to 10-year-old triplets Brick, Spike, and Sassy’s latest experimental-art project gone awry. But time away from the eccentric family and their lighthouse abode isn’t restful, only frustrating, as Benway learns of more family escapades and mishaps—from endangered-animal rescuer Spider’s “Reticulated Attack Squirrel” problem to human-rights activist Nina’s latest efforts to help the Rhinnestaadtian people—and he worries about hospital cleanliness and being replaced. With delightfully archaic prose, interspersed with Benway’s journal entries, this offers a humorous, sometimes touching sequel. Grades 4-7. --Shelle Rosenfeld
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Even the chapter titles had me smiling!
Benway, our beloved butler to the Bellweathers, breaks his leg and has to spend some time recuperating. However, he gets little rest as he worries about the children, especially the triplets, and his mysterious replacement, while being cared for by a nurse with a firm hand.
"Chainsaws are so hard on furniture."
The triplets found themselves to be hysterically funny, and I found myself chuckling at their puns and plays on words, which are brilliant...but they aren't MY triplets!
The cover art is once again brilliant and telling, and completely eye-catching!
This is such a fun series for the Middle Grade set, I'm looking forward to the next one (Kristin? What's next?).
Oh, and I still think they would make the most colorful movies!