Herbie Jones

Overview

Third grade isn't looking too good for Herbie Jones. Not only is he stuck being in Apples, the lowest reading group in class, but he has to get a birthday present for annoying Annabelle and be good for the entire field trip to the museum! How is Herbie ever going to make it through the year?

Herbie's experiences in the third grade include finding bones in the boy's bathroom, wandering away from his class on their field trip, and ...

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Overview

Third grade isn't looking too good for Herbie Jones. Not only is he stuck being in Apples, the lowest reading group in class, but he has to get a birthday present for annoying Annabelle and be good for the entire field trip to the museum! How is Herbie ever going to make it through the year?

Herbie's experiences in the third grade include finding bones in the boy's bathroom, wandering away from his class on their field trip, and being promoted to a higher reading group.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
School troubles, girl troubles and birthday party troubles are met with antic aplomb by an irrepressible third grader. Ages 8-12. (June)
Children's Literature
Herbie Jones and his friend Raymond don't like being Apples, the lowest reading group in their class. They both plot, in different ways, to get out of the group. Herbie accomplishes this by studying and reading while Raymond tries to impress the teacher by dressing up. The book impresses the importance of studying to get ahead without being didactic. Some of the stories are amusing, but many plots are not fully explained (such as who was trying to trick people into thinking that the school bathroom was haunted), while others seem too ridiculous to be believable (such as Herbie thinking that canned salmon is an appropriate birthday gift for a girl). The pacing seems a bit off; in the very first chapter, Herbie studies and is the only person to get a perfect score on his spelling test. He wins a postcard sent home to him from his teacher. This event would actually serve better as an ending to the book rather than an accomplishment in chapter one. It is interesting to contrast Herbie and his friend Raymond. Herbie gets out of being an Apple by moving up to a higher reading group, while Raymond escapes by getting the other Apples to change the name of the reading group to Spiders. Despite some weak plotting, the book is entertaining and the writing style is both age-appropriate and engaging. 2003 (orig. 1985), Puffin Books,
— Amie Rose Rotruck
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4 Third-grader Herbie Jones is one of only two boys in his class who is in the lowest reading group. As he attempts to get out of the ``Apples,'' he becomes involved in some typical elementary school hijinks, including some gross humor which children delight in. Raymond barfs at a birthday party, after which the other children refuse to eat the cake because of its yellow icing. In another episode, the girls are afraid to use the ``haunted'' school bathrooms. Readers never learn who is responsible for the vandalism on the walls, but Herbie does manage to rescue one of his terrified classmates from the girls' room. Totally unnecessary are the all-caps words used for emphasis. Illustrations are shaded pencil drawings that have an old-fashioned quality about them. Herbie is a younger Aldo Applesauce (Morrow), and the reading level is also a shade easier than in the Johanna Hurwitz titles. Very light humor for the in-between grades. Rita S. Padden, Wenatchee Public Lib . , Wash.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698119390
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Series: Herbie Jones Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 430,463
  • Age range: 7 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Suzy Kline, the author of nineteen previous Horrible Harry books and four books about Song Lee, lives in Willington Connecticut with her husband, Rufus. Suzy and Rufus have been married for thirty-eight years. They met in the state where they both grew up: California. Suzy grew up in Berkeley and Rufus in Sacramento. Suzy graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in European history. She met Rufus at the Davis campus while attending that campus for a year. They got married and lived in different places, including Canada, before settling into Connecticut, the state they now call home.

Suzy taught in 5th and 6th grades at Shannon Elementary School in Richmond, California for 3 years, and 2nd and 3rd grades at Southwest Elementary School in Torrington, Connecticut for 24 years before retiring this past June. She now enjoys writing full-time and visiting schools and libraries. The couple share their home with two cats, Teeter and Hoag. They have two daughters, Jennifer and Emily, and four grandchildren: Jake, Kenna, Gabby and Saylor. A fifth grandchild is due in September, 2006. Suzy's mother just turned 96. She dedicated her most recent book, Horrible Harry Takes the Cake to her.

Suzy and Rufus enjoy attending UConn football and basketball games, and Suzy uses the UConn library as a reference for her writing facts.

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