8 Class Pets + 1 Squirrel ÷ 1 Dog = Chaos

8 Class Pets + 1 Squirrel ÷ 1 Dog = Chaos

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by Vivian Vande Velde, Steve Bjorkman
     
 
Twitch, the school yard squirrel, has really gotten himself into a bind this time. While trying to escape from a hungry owl, he roused the principal's dog and got chased into the school. Now he's locked in for a dangerous and disastrous night. Can Green Eggs and Hamster, Sweetie the library rat, and the other school pets save Twitch from the crazed dog, Cuddles? In

Overview

Twitch, the school yard squirrel, has really gotten himself into a bind this time. While trying to escape from a hungry owl, he roused the principal's dog and got chased into the school. Now he's locked in for a dangerous and disastrous night. Can Green Eggs and Hamster, Sweetie the library rat, and the other school pets save Twitch from the crazed dog, Cuddles? In this uproarious chapter book, a group of small animals manages to turn an elementary school into a real zoo.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Twitch, the squirrel, scurries across the yard and into the school building to escape from an owl that is looking for a tasty meal. In the fast dash for his life, Twitch runs over a dog that is sleeping in the yard. Cuddles, the dog, wakes up from the intrusion and begins to chase Twitch. Although his dog collar is fastened to a rope to keep him in the yard, Cuddles snaps his leash and continues to chase Twitch. They both run into the school building. A wild chase begins as Cuddles tries to catch Twitch. The hot pursuit of Twitch gets more dramatic when Cuddles' leash gets stuck onto the cart with the fish tank. From the different rooms in school, each classroom pet narrates the chase from its perspective. There are some sketches that illustrate a little part of the story. Young children may enjoy hearing the story read aloud; readers will find fewer pictures and more text to read in the chapters. Wrapping up all the chaos of the chase is a simple, amusing conclusion. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
Kirkus Reviews

When Twitch, the schoolyard squirrel, gets into the school, all sorts of craziness ensues.

Told in the voices of classroom pets in various rooms, this fast-paced romp imagines a day in which the squirrel, pursued by an enthusiastic dog (owned by the principal, naturally), wreaks havoc in an elementary school. As Twitch races from room to room, the animals attempt to help him escape his tormentor. Running, in order, from first grade to fifth grade as well as to the library, art and science rooms, the animals leave a heap of damage in their wake. Traditional classroom pets (hamster, rabbit, rat, tetras, parrot, turtle, snake, geckos) narrate the action from their points of view. The action is predictably frenetic, but the changes in voice from chapter to chapter provide a refreshing and humorous diversion from most chapter-book fare. Each animal has a distinctive style of speech, which helps the reader keep everyone clear. Galileo and Newton, the two geckos, with their scripted dialogue, and the school of fish, chanting together, "We are in a school. We are in a school in a school," are particularly effective. Occasional pen-and-ink spot illustrations add energy to an already high-octane story.

A whole lot of fun. (Fiction. 7-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823425945
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
06/28/2012
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
92,768
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.21(h) x 0.31(d)
Lexile:
740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Vivian Vande Velde (born 1951, New York City, New York) is an American author who writes books primarily aimed at young adults. She currently resides in Rochester, New York.

Her novels and short story collections usually have some element of horror or fantasy, but are primarily humorous. Her book Never Trust a Dead Man (1999) received the 2000 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Novel. She resides in Rochester, New York.

Steve Bjorkman is a cartoonist who has illustrated countless greeting cards and advertisements for magazines. He has illustrated more than fifty books for children, including Supernouts! which he also wrote. He lives with his wife and three children in Aliso Viejo, California.

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