Andy Shane and the Pumpkin Trick

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When pranksters ruin Dolores Starbuckle’s pumpkins, Andy puts his trickiest plan to the test in this humorous tale filled with Halloween fun.

Andy Shane does not want to go to Dolores Starbuckle’s birthday party. It’s on the same day as Halloween! Plus, Dolores is always ordering Andy around or squealing over his marble collection. But when Dolores tells Andy that someone is smashing pumpkins in front of her house, the thought of tricking the tricksters is too appealing to ...

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Overview

When pranksters ruin Dolores Starbuckle’s pumpkins, Andy puts his trickiest plan to the test in this humorous tale filled with Halloween fun.

Andy Shane does not want to go to Dolores Starbuckle’s birthday party. It’s on the same day as Halloween! Plus, Dolores is always ordering Andy around or squealing over his marble collection. But when Dolores tells Andy that someone is smashing pumpkins in front of her house, the thought of tricking the tricksters is too appealing to resist. Maybe he could scare off the vandals and give Dolores a really great present, all at the same time! Andy Shane returns in a second upbeat tale for early chapter-book readers.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
Bossy Dolores Starbuckle needs help because tricksters keep smashing the Halloween pumpkins on her front porch. She and long-suffering friend, Andy, concoct several plans, including dressing as ghosts in flowered sheets, to foil the vandals. Nothing works, till Andy uses his marbles (the round, glass kind) in an ingenious scheme that surprises the mean kids and Dolores. Funny and fresh, this early reader shows two very unlike kids combining strengths to solve a problem. With consummate skill, the author and illustrator show how quiet Andy learns to hold his own against larger-than-life Dolores.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Andy Shane does not want to go to bossy Dolores Starbuckle's birthday party, but when he learns that his grandmother has volunteered to help out with it, he's trapped. Dolores tells Granny and Andy that some tricksters have broken all of the jack-o'-lanterns on her street, and the children consider different methods to catch the vandals. In the end, Andy invents his own clever solution to the problem and realizes that Dolores isn't so bad after all. Attractive pen-and-ink illustrations help move the story along. An entertaining, easy chapter book for holiday collections.-Linda Staskus, Parma Regional Library, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Andy Shane and his sometimes enemy/sometimes best friend Dolores Starbuckle are back and ready to celebrate Halloween. Dolores's birthday falls on the holiday and, of course, she's having a party. Being the bossy girl that she is, she ropes Andy into helping plan it, taking a full two days of clipboard clutching, decorating and making everything perfect. Unfortunately, neighborhood hoodlums mar the plans by twice smashing Dolores's porch pumpkins. Andy and Dolores put their heads together for something more than party planning and execute a little counterattack of their own, making this Halloween the start of a great friendship. With hilarious yet familiar situations, frequent pen-and-ink illustrations, accessible vocabulary and two characters filled with the feisty spirit of a very young Ramona Quimby, Jacobson's offering is the perfect treat for newest readers. (Fiction. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763633066
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 7/10/2007
  • Series: Andy Shane Series, #2
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 520,322
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 550L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 7.66 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Meet the Author

JENNIFER RICHARD JACOBSON is the author of numerous books for younger readers, including ANDY SHANE AND THE VERY BOSSY DOLORES STARBUCKLE, also illustrated by Abby Carter. "I loved Halloween as a child," she says. "Before trick-or-treating, millions of kids (or so it seemed) paraded around our town hall in an annual costume contest. One year, in the final moments, I was chosen to win a prize. I was Mother Goose. Who knew then that I would grow up to tell stories?"

ABBY CARTER has illustrated numerous books for young readers, including MY HIPPIE GRANDMOTHER by Reeve Lindbergh and ANDY SHANE AND THE VERY BOSSY DOLORES STARBUCKLE. She says, "I found myself laughing out loud while illustrating Dolores Starbuckle. She is such a lovable pain in the neck!"

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