- Age Range: 6 - 9 years
- Grade Level: 1 - 4
- Lexile Measure: 430L (What's this?)
- Series: Dunderheads
- Hardcover: 56 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick (June 9, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0763624985
- ISBN-13: 978-0763624989
- Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.4 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
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- #5087 in Books > Children's Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Self-Esteem & Self-Respect
- #9786 in Books > Children's Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > School
- #12779 in Books > Children's Books > Mysteries & Detectives
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The Dunderheads Hardcover – June 9, 2009
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Just the right note of dastardly charm. Schoolchildren will adore this story of pupil revenge.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
A celebration of multiple intelligences, teamwork, and kid power.
—School Library Journal (starred review)
The setup is witty and subversive, and the book then springs into a classic caper plot, with each kid in the gang offering a bizarre skill.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
Roberts caricatures the formidable teacher and the amiably wide-eyed kids with a witty, agile pen and judicious splashes of color, an excellent foil for Fleishman’s terse and comical private eye send-up. With action galore, a villain foiled by clever kids, a laugh a minute, a profusion of illustrations with broad age appeal, and an easily read text, this is a winner.
—The Horn Book
You can almost hear the Pink Panther theam thrumming in the background... A fun stick-it-to-teacher romp with no redeeming message but cleverness in spades.
Deliciously outlandish, featuring an undercover caper complete with a hidden safe, grappling hooks made of paperclips, a classmate who just happens to be a hypnotist and a broken statuette with (real) emerald eyes.
Self-affirming. As a whole, the class is a bunch of ‘twiddling, time-squandering, mind-wandering, doodling, dozing, don’t knowing dunderheads.’ Taken singly and placed to their best advantage the students are, of course, geniuses. The illustrations by David Roberts are hilarious scary and fabulously imagined.
Young gumshoes and budding secret agents will love the laughs and suspense… distinct personalities and unique talents of each student all but guarantee that this memorable pack will amuse both children and adults.
You’ll be hoping to see more of this strange but appealing crew.
Completely entertaining and perfectly packaged.
Rollicking, funny and clever.
A wildly funny story with equally hilarious illustrations.
—Kendal A. Rautzhan
Told with wacky humor and madcap illustrations, and will appeal most to young independent readers who can savor on their own the children’s triumph over their wicked teacher.
The tone of this story is reminiscent of a hard-boiled detective novel, a wonderful stylistic quality….Miss Breakbone is a delicious villain, one that could have easily stepped out of a Road Dahl book.
—Heavy Medal: A Mock Newbery Blog (SLJ)
About the Author
Paul Fleischman won the Newbery Medal for JOYFUL NOISE: POEMS FOR TWO VOICES and a Newbery Honor for GRAVEN IMAGES. Among his award-winning picture books are SIDEWALK CIRCUS, THE ANIMAL HEDGE, and WESTLANDIA. He lives in Aromas, California.
David Roberts is the author-illustrator of the Bertie books and the illustrator of many books for children, including THE DUMPSTER DIVER by Janet S. Wong. He lives in London.
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This is a delightful little read, for kids in the 5th - 9th grade, that shows how teamwork and ingenuity can make the day.
The illustrations are delightful and very Gorey-esque (but in this case, the humans actually do talk!!). Every kid tells a story -- just by having and demonstrating her or his unique and bizzarre talents. The kids risk everything to bravely get back that little cat statue -- and in the process of doing so, confront their own fears and triumph in their endeavor.
You can bet that the students' newfound solidarity will will give mean old Miss Breakbone food for thought the next time she tries anything remotely nefarious in the future.
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The Dunderheads is about a group of kids who are on a mission. They need to get something back that their teacher confiscated which takes them to the mean...Read more