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School!: Adventures at the Harvey N. Trouble Elementary School Paperback – July 3, 2012
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Gr 1-4–Ron Faster runs downstairs and eats breakfast with his parents every morning and then dashes off to catch the school bus. It inevitably gets stuck in a ditch by its driver, Mr. Ivan Stuckinaditch. Eventually, the children will all arrive at the Harvey N. Trouble Elementary School where every day is “not normal,” as little Izzy Normal always says. The story takes readers into Ron's week, from Hotsy-Totsy Monday to Hunky-Dory Thursday, at his outlandish school, where, through extreme silliness, little life lessons are learned. Every day when Ron arrives home, he and his parents talk about what he learned. The characters all have giggle-worthy names that relate to their personalities or attributes; the music teacher is Mrs. Doremi Fasollatido, and the custodians are named Janitor Iquit and Janitor Quitoo. Booth's great cartoon illustrations add whimsy and pure fun to every page, a quality that, when paired with McMullan's simple, quirky story, may well draw in reluctant readers. This is a good chapter book for children who enjoy the visual stimulation of well-done graphics.Alison Donnelly, Collinsville Memorial Public Library, IL
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“Offbeat humor transfers into Harvey N. Trouble Elementary School, where Mr. Ivan Stuckinaditch drives the bus (or tries to) and Mr. Norman Don't-know is a clueless substitute teacher for dubious students like little Izzy Normal. There's nothing normal about [George] Booth's sketches and Kate McMullan's text, which will delight and challenge kids who love puns and wordplay.” ―USA Today
“School! almost reels in a tornado of silly wordplay and fast-paced events, with students like Dewey Haveto and little Izzy Normal in a chorus of confusion. Booth's comical portraits look like cameos of his beloved New Yorker cartoons--the janitors Iquit and Quitoo, tossing their brooms aside, could have just stepped off one of those crowded country porches.” ―The New York Times Book Review
“A playful, silly read that will draw young readers with its lighthearted humor.” ―BCCB
“If silly homonyms please you, you'll love a week with Chuckie Upkins, Gladys Friday, Iona Tricycle and more.” ―The Chicago Tribune
“Booth's great cartoon illustrations add whimsy and pure fun to every page, a quality that, when paired with McMullan's simple, quirky story, may well draw in reluctant readers. This is a good chapter book for children who enjoy the visual stimulation of well-done graphics.” ―School Library Journal
“If 30 Rock were set in an elementary school, one suspects it would resemble this loopy, breakneck comedy.” ―Publishers Weekly
Top customer reviews
My speling is pretty bad now, but the book "SCHOOL! Adventures at the Harvey N. Trouble Elementary School" was a BLAST! There are about 35 (quotes?) "characters" (if that's the rite word). For example, one of the girls named "Viola Fuss" should be "Why-ol'-the-Fuss". "Dr. Kent Seewell" vs. "Dr. Can't See Well". Etc. You might guess some of the answers, but I bet you don't get all of them!! Anyhow, have a ball, everyone.
Question: Is this a pun or a shaggy dog story or a tongue-twisters or what?
I bought this book for my eight-year-old grandson, and when it arrived his mother thought he was too advanced for it and would toss it aside. NOT true! She reports that he loved it. Every page has a character with a name that will bring a smile to anyone young at heart: A janitor named Iquit, kids named Izzy Normal, Luke Out, Adam Up, Sid Down, Ron Faster and more, all illustrated with the amusing illustrations of long-time New Yorker cartoonist, George Booth. My all time favorite character?
McMullen and Booth have created a winner.