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Forgive Us Our Travises

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Travis Bee is the youngest of three sons of Reverend Bee, one of the town's most respected citizens. There are no lengths to which Travis won't go to attract attention to himself whether it's spraying the Sunday morning congregation with his water bottle, playing up his notorious hyena laugh in the classroom, stealing other kids' pencils, clowning around during church choir practice-or, most of all, teasing Mary Beth Harvey. Of course, Travis gets his comeuppance before long: he's chosen to sing the solo during ...

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Overview

Travis Bee is the youngest of three sons of Reverend Bee, one of the town's most respected citizens. There are no lengths to which Travis won't go to attract attention to himself whether it's spraying the Sunday morning congregation with his water bottle, playing up his notorious hyena laugh in the classroom, stealing other kids' pencils, clowning around during church choir practice-or, most of all, teasing Mary Beth Harvey. Of course, Travis gets his comeuppance before long: he's chosen to sing the solo during the dedication service for the renovated church building, a prospect that both terrifies and pleases him. This time, however, he'll have to be on his best behavior, which means he's the perfect target for Mary Beth's revenge. It all makes for an uproarious finale to this rollicking good story about Monkey Mountain mischief.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Travis Bee is always in the middle of mischief. His father is the Reverend at a local church, so that gives Travis more opportunities to make trouble. One day he did one too many tricks, so Mary Beth Harvey decided to play a trick on him. The book is cleverly written in the present tense, and describes the mind and life of this young prankster. This children's novel is almost too true to life. The adults in the story never catch Travis, instead a girl his age decides to take the situation into her own hands. Although the pranks are shown as incorrect things to do, the principles of obedience and respecting adults are not taught in this book. 2000, Red Deer Press, $4.95. Ages 7 to 10. Reviewer: Nicole Peterson
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Two revolting short novels by a "highly celebrated comic novelist." Travises involves a bothersome kid in a pastor's family. Burping, armpit farts, flicking boogers-the novel is full of them, as Travis tries to annoy everyone he meets. Over at church, the pastor is boring, the choir director unmarried and plump, and the parents feel helpless. Even the grammar suffers: "-everyone stands with their hymnbooks," Staunton writes. Monster involves several neighborhood kids, their catty behaviors toward one another, and their fears of a monster that eats kids and animals. Mom and Dad fight, lice invade hairdos, everyone who isn't cool (and that's nearly everyone) is a dweeb. Who wants to hold these kids in esteem? These titles are examples of juvenile fiction at its worst.-Linda Beck, Indian Valley Public Library, Telford, PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780889952072
  • Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/10/2002
  • Series: The Kids from Monkey Mountain
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.29 (w) x 7.28 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Ted Staunton divides his time between writing and a busy schedule as a speaker, workshop leader, storyteller and musical performer for children and adults. His previous books include the well-loved Green Applestreet Gang series, the Cyril and Maggie series, the Morgan series, Puddleman, Simon's Surprise, Hope Springs a Leak, and Sonding Off. He has received numerous Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice awards, a Silver Birch Award nomination and a Hackmactack Award nomination.

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