Arnie and the Skateboard Gang


When Arnie is challenged to skateboard down a dangerous hill, he has to decide how far he is willing to go to be "cool".

When Arnie is challenged to skateboard down a dangerous hill, he has to decide how far he is willing to go to be "cool."

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When Arnie is challenged to skateboard down a dangerous hill, he has to decide how far he is willing to go to be "cool".

When Arnie is challenged to skateboard down a dangerous hill, he has to decide how far he is willing to go to be "cool."

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Meredith E. Kiger
This is story with a moral acted out by animals instead of people. Arnie, the cat, has just received a new skateboard. His friend, Tina, the beaver, encourages Arnie to join her at the park where the "experts" ride their skateboards. Arnie is impressed with all their showmanship, but he falls flat when he tries some of the tricks. Later, when one of the skateboard gang challenges the others to a dangerous stunt, Arnie comes to his senses and urges everyone to return to a safer mode of skateboarding. The cartoon-like illustrations and use of animals to tell this story seem to be aimed at an age group that should not be enticed with skateboarding adventures. Skateboarding can be dangerous and none of the animal characters are wearing protective gear.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Arnie takes his new skateboard to the park, where he and his friend Tina watch the ``cool kids'' jump barrels and careen up ramps. When the two friends first try these tricks they fail miserably, but later, with practice, they succeed and are made regular members of the gang. Then Fly, the leader, suggests a trip to Hairy Kerry Hill, where he agrees to go down first and takes a terrible fall. Fly volunteers Arnie to go next. Faced with a difficult decision, he pictures himself with a broken leg as a result of his bravado. He turns down the challenge, ending up an even bigger hero as the other kids all follow him back to the park. In simple, short sentences, Carlson uses the exploits of these anthropomorphic animals to teach young readers a valuable lesson. Bold backgrounds hold her familiar cartoon characters bedecked in brightly colored, hip outfits, accented by the well-placed text. Her fans will relish Arnie's latest adventure.-Dot Minzer, North Barrington School, Barrington, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761389484
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/2012
  • Series: Nancy Carlson Picture Bks
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,450,569
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Carlson
Nancy Carlson lives in Bloomington, Minnesota.
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