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Children's LiteratureAGERANGE: Ages 8 to 12.
Bernie B is on a major hot streak. He has just done the unthinkable. He has won twenty Uno games in a row. Everyone wonders how he can be so lucky, but Bernie knows he owes all his fortune to his lucky parrot Lippy. Then suddenly his success turns to failure as Lippy becomes the loudest unlucky charm ever. Bernie constantly finds himself in all types of trouble because of Lippy's big beaked mouth. He gets busted for his secret late night Uno games when Lippy screams ‘Birdbrain' at Mr. Skruloose. Even Bernie's big brained ideas cannot get him out of the trouble Lippy's lip causes him. Just as the reader is squirming in his seat because of Lippy's lewd remarks, an illustration shows his big innocent eyes batting loads of lashes. Nevertheless, those pretty peepers do not make up for this fowl's foul mouth, so Bernie decides to give Lippy to his rival Sherman. But Bernie becomes desperate to get Lippy back when Lippy's luck returns. Is Bernie a fair weather friend to his feathered friend? This "Rotten School" read is full of twists and turns as readers finds themselves in an internal tug of war rooting for and against the legendary, lucky Lippy. Reviewer: Julie Minnich