- Age Range: 5 - 7 years
- Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
- Lexile Measure: 380L (What's this?)
- Series: Katie Woo
- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Picture Window Books (August 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1404879080
- ISBN-13: 978-1404879089
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 7.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
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Katie Woo Rules the School Paperback – August 1, 2012
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About the Author
Fran Manushkin is the author of many popular picture books, including Baby, Come Out!; Latkes and Applesauce: A Hanukkah Story; The Tushy Book; The Belly Book; and Big Girl Panties. There is a real Katie Woo ― she's Fran's great-niece ― but she never gets in half the trouble of the Katie Woo in the books. Fran writes on her beloved Mac computer in New York City, without the help of her two naughty cats, Chaim and Goldy.
Tammie Lyon began her love for drawing at a young age while sitting at the kitchen table with her dad. She continued her love of art and eventually attended The Columbus College of Art and Design, where she earned a Bachelors degree in Fine Art. After a brief career as a professional ballet dancer, she decided to devote herself full time to illustration. Today she lives with her husband, Lee, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her dogs, Gus and Dudley, keep her company as she works in her studio.
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Top customer reviews
My kid sees these as "chapter books" and that makes all the difference!
Great lessons about friendship
MILD SPOILERS. Well, here we have Katie, 1) lose the class pet over the weekend, 2) have to deal with a kid who teases her mercilessly, 3) steal and then return a kid's favorite toy, and 4) have to deal with having only a bit part in the school play. Not very heavy problems, but with a bit of heft to some of them. (I don't remember reading a chapter book recently in which the heroine was the one who stole something.) As you might imagine all of the problems are resolved happily, and in a reasonably satisfactory fashion.
I think that the aspect of the book that allows all of this to work and to entertain is the fact that Katie is a normal, engaging and realistic kid whose reactions and thoughts seem authentic. She's not a genius or weirdly mature, or a wiseacre. She's just a basically decent kid who's dealing with stuff. I can support that and it seems likely that a chapter reader could identify with that.
So, while I can see how a younger reader could get tired of all problem books all of the time, it certainly makes sense to slip a few into the rotation. If so, this book is a fine candidate.
Please note that I received a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a frank review.
Katie Woo loves school and she has lots of friends. Her teacher is Miss Winkle and she plans lots of cool activities for the class. Miss Winkle agrees to let the students have a class pet. He is a guinea pig the class names Binky. Katie gets to care for him over the weekend but the day before school Binky is lost. When Katie attempts to tell the class what happened there is a really cute twist and surprise at the end with regard to Binky.
The Katie Woo stories in these short and sweet chapters teach young readers about bullies, how not to lie and take things that don't belong to you and also how to be the best at whatever you do. The back pages show readers hoe to make sock puppets that look like Binky. Parents and teachers will love these quick reads to encourage any child to read more and love it.