8 Class Pets + 1 Squirrel ÷ 1 Dog = Chaos

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When Twitch the squirrel is chased into a school by the principal's dog, the class pets work together to rescue him. In this hilarious illustrated chapter book, a group of small animals turn an elementary school into a real zoo.

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8 Class Pets + 1 Squirrel ÷ 1 Dog = Chaos

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When Twitch the squirrel is chased into a school by the principal's dog, the class pets work together to rescue him. In this hilarious illustrated chapter book, a group of small animals turn an elementary school into a real zoo.

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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
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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)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823425945
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2012
  • Pages: 68
  • Sales rank: 90,161
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.21 (h) x 0.31 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2014

    Dont buy.

    When you purchase this book it doesnt give you the rest of the book. Only the sample.

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