Andy and Tamika (Andy Russell Series)

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Andy Russell’s misadventures continue when his gerbils escape once again, this time at the school carnival. Meanwhile, Andy’s friend Tamika prepares to move in with the Russells temporarily, and Andy and his sister, Rachel, will try anything to find out if they are going to have a baby brother or a baby sister.

Preoccupied with the impending arrival of his new baby brother or sister, fourth grader Andy gets in lots of trouble at ...

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Overview

Andy Russell’s misadventures continue when his gerbils escape once again, this time at the school carnival. Meanwhile, Andy’s friend Tamika prepares to move in with the Russells temporarily, and Andy and his sister, Rachel, will try anything to find out if they are going to have a baby brother or a baby sister.

Preoccupied with the impending arrival of his new baby brother or sister, fourth grader Andy gets in lots of trouble at home and at school.

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Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
The main character in "The Andy Russell" series has a lot going on in his life. Andy's mother is having a baby, his best friend Tamika is about to move in with the Russell family, his fourth grade class is planning a carnival and he has about fifty gerbils too many. In addition, he has been feeding and caring for a stray cat in the schoolyard, trying to avoid his annoying classmate, Stacy Ann Jackson and spending too much time daydreaming during class. Andy is often thinking about a name for the new baby. He and his older sister are quite involved with the impending birth of their sibling. This aspect of the plot rings true since today's young kids talk about sonograms and listen to Mommy's tummy and are quite knowledgeable and concerned about childbirth. The story has some exciting moments, but kids may not be as captivated by Andy's escapades as they've been by the adventures of Cam Jansen, the hero of Mr. Adler's mysteries for young readers. There are not many of the black and white illustrations, but they are appealing.
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Gr 3-4-Andy Russell's active brain is always busy but rarely tuned into what is going on in his fourth-grade class. While the other students are hard at work, he chooses names for what he hopes will be a new brother, worries about a stray cat hanging around the playground, and thinks about his pal Tamika or his enemy Stacy Ann Jackson. Fractions may not be Andy's bag, but he makes top grades at caring for animals and for friends in need. He willingly offers some of his 50 baby gerbils as prizes for the school carnival but insists the new owners sign a contract promising proper care for their new pets. When Tamika loses her foster family, Andy's family takes her in and he arranges a celebration to welcome her. Andy is an unusual male character because his exploits deal with emotions and relationships rather than physical challenges. Adler does his usual competent job of gearing his writing to readers just beginning novels, but the plot lacks the tension found in his "Cam Jansen" stories (Viking). Hillenbrand's full-page, black-and-white illustrations nicely reflect the humorous tone of the text. Readers looking for a relatively tame home/school story with a warm family background but few surprises will enjoy Andy. Children hooked on fast-paced plots will have to look elsewhere.-Maggie McEwen, Coffin Elementary School, Brunswick, ME Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Plenty of humor and action...lively drawings. Children ready to tackle something a bit more challenging than the average beginning chapter book will find the longer length and multiple story lines in this selection to be just the thing. —Booklist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152017354
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Series: Andy Russell Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

WILL HILLENBRAND has written and illustrated many award-winning picture books, including The House That Drac Built by Judy Sierra and his own Down by the Station. He lives in Terrace Park, Ohio.

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