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Do the Hokey Pokey
     

Do the Hokey Pokey

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by Alison McDonough, Jackie Urbanovic (Illustrator)
 

What could be more embarrassing for an 11-year-old than watching his mother dance the Hokey Pokey in front of his entire class? Not much, according to Brendan Breen. Having recently moved from New York City to a small town in Pennsylvania, Brendan wants to fit in at his new school. The only obstacle is his mother. Loud and outgoing, Jean Breen is the opposite of

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What could be more embarrassing for an 11-year-old than watching his mother dance the Hokey Pokey in front of his entire class? Not much, according to Brendan Breen. Having recently moved from New York City to a small town in Pennsylvania, Brendan wants to fit in at his new school. The only obstacle is his mother. Loud and outgoing, Jean Breen is the opposite of her son. When Jean offers to emcee the Walter F. Harley Elementary School Music and Munchies Night, Brendan panics and plots to keep her as far away as possible. But one by one, his well-laid plans backfire. To avoid getting a reputation as an oddball, Brendan must steer a clear path through a dangerous landscape that includes not only his wacky mother but his chatty little sister, his curious classmates, and a giant orange-feathered baseball mascot called the Goofer. Clever narration, charming characters, and humorous black-and-white illustrations mark this novel of a boy’s desperate quest to avoid humiliation.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-An animated and lighthearted story. Brendan Breen and his family have moved to Pennsylvania from New York City. Now he has to make new friends, and his mother, DJ Jean Breen, doesn't understand that she embarrasses him with her wild job and rhyming name. If he can only keep her from hearing about the search for a DJ for his new school's Music and Munchies Night, he'll be able to keep his regular-guy image. That doesn't happen, though, and when mom's gig is a hit, Brendan learns that being different isn't all bad. His dilemma will strike a chord with many children. With Urbanovic's eye-catching pencil drawings and McDonough's firm grasp of the trials and tribulations of fifth graders, this story is well suited to most libraries.-Kate McLean, DeKalb County Public Library, Tucker, GA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A shy fifth-grader has a hard-enough time getting by in his new school on his own, but his mother's new career as an events DJ threatens to undermine what little respect he may have earned from his classmates. Brendan Breen (one of his mother's many faults is a penchant for alliterative names) knows that his mother's appearance at the school's Music and Munchies Night will ruin his life forever, but none of his plans to prevent it work: his aunt refuses to feign a deathly illness on the day of the event; his mother rejects his suggestion that she use a different name; and she is downright offended when he brings home a wig so she will be unrecognizable. Predictably, Music and Munchies Night is an unqualified success, and Brendan even survives-and enjoys-doing the hokey-pokey. Wound around this plot is Brendan's slow integration into the classroom culture via a group project, and his ultimate discovery that he himself is something of a showman. Newcomer McDonough has crafted a comfortable, if thoroughly predictable, tale about fitting in, presenting a world in which the worst possible thing that can happen is embarrassment. The book seems unsure of its audience: Urbanovic's spot black-and-white cartoons are very young-looking and pigeonhole it squarely for younger readers, but the font size and relative denseness of text make it look older and somewhat more forbidding than the average early chapter book. There are some mildly amusing moments, but this ultimately superficial story does nothing particularly new. (Fiction. 9-11)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812626995
Publisher:
Cricket Books
Publication date:
03/01/2001
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.72(w) x 8.42(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
470L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Do the Hokey Pokey 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The main character are Brendan. I really like the fact that Brendan's mom and baby sister always would follow him to lunch,and bother him. I don't like that his mom told all the kids to do the hokey pokey.