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School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Gus is on his way to his first day in a new school when he meets a bossy girl from his class and a scraggly, starving cat. He decides that he must help the animal and hides it in an empty teacher's office. Unfortunately, Gus is very forgetful. He is excited about a class trip to a swimming pool, but discovers that the school is being fumigated on the same day. He writes himself a note so he'll remember to move Leo, but he leaves his backpack with the note attached at the doctor's office. The morning of the outing, he finally remembers the cat and has to decide whether to go to the park or rescue the animal. Gus is a lovable character with his forgetful ways and sweet qualities. The large type, numerous black-and-white drawings, and easy-to-read text make this a good choice for children just beginning to read chapter books.-Wendy S. Carroll, Grant Elementary School, Ridgefield Park, NJ Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Gus and his family have just moved to a new apartment, but Gus is not making the most of his new start. His mother hints that his lack of focus, scatterbrained behavior, and general attention problems are nothing new. Even on the way to school on the very first day, a howling animal distracts Gus. The animal turns out to be a cat and Gus slips a string around its neck and tries to catch it. The cat escapes, Gus is scratched and bleeding, and he is late for school. This story, though good-hearted, lacks a sense of time and place. Except for the teacher's cursive writing on the board, readers have no idea of Gus's age or grade. Many of the situations seem unrealistic. Would a young boy with two parents really walk to a new school in a new neighborhood all alone on the first day? Would a child approach a wild animal and be able to slip a string around its neck? Would a new student be able to find an empty office and keep a cat there for weeks, undetected, without a litter box? Unlikely situations, awkward writing (including strange similes and confusing shifts from third person to first person narration), and an undefined setting add up to an unsatisfying back-to-school story. (Fiction. 8-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823417148
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/15/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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