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Herbie Jones Hardcover – May 6, 1985
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From Publishers Weekly
Herbie and his best friend Raymond are in the lowest reading group, called by a name that's far too babyish for third grade: the Apples. How Herbie rescues himself (by working hard on his reading) and Raymond (with a little ingenuity) from further humiliation and takes care of his other problems is the thrust of Kline's first book.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4 Third-grader Herbie Jones is one of only two boys in his class who is in the lowest reading group. As he attempts to get out of the "Apples," he becomes involved in some typical elementary school hijinks, including some gross humor which children delight in. Raymond barfs at a birthday party, after which the other children refuse to eat the cake because of its yellow icing. In another episode, the girls are afraid to use the "haunted" school bathrooms. Readers never learn who is responsible for the vandalism on the walls, but Herbie does manage to rescue one of his terrified classmates from the girls' room. Totally unnecessary are the all-caps words used for emphasis. Illustrations are shaded pencil drawings that have an old-fashioned quality about them. Herbie is a younger Aldo Applesauce (Morrow), and the reading level is also a shade easier than in the Johanna Hurwitz titles. Very light humor for the in-between grades. Rita S. Padden, Wenatchee Public Lib . , Wash.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Also he wanted to be in a different reading group. His best friend Raymond was in his reading group too. Herbie was invited to a party for Annabelle and gave her a can of pink salmon as a present and kept the money for himself. It made him throw up at the party. Raymond was not as good of a reader as Herbie and Herbie got moved into a different reading group. But Raymond was happy because he got the reading group to change the name from the apples to the spiders and he was happy to be in the spiders.
Herbie loves to read but he doesn't do well on his assignments. He can do anything if he puts his mind to it, like moving up to the next higher reading group, "The Chargers." Herbie's friend, Raymond, also wants to go up to the higher reading group, but it's really hard for him. The other characters in the book include his friend Raymond and Annabelle, Margie and his teacher, Miss Pinkham. His parents and sister are also in the book. Herbie also made two spider friends in his bathroom at home. He always comes home after school to tell his spiders, Gus and Spike, about his day.
The author did a good job describing Raymond's cheeseburger because it made us want to eat a cheeseburger too. There are some gross parts, like when Herbie found bones in the boys' bathroom and the girls found blood on the bathroom mirror. It's a mystery who put those things in the bathrooms. The girls in our reading didn't like that but the boy in our group thought it was cool. Herbie is brave when he has to help Annabelle by going in the girls' room. One of the chapters is called The Murder, but we will not tell you anything about that chapter. One of our favorite parts is when Herbie and Raymond get back together as friends.
We wish there was a movie of Herbie Jones. We would like to read other books of Herbie Jones.