Hot Fudge Hero

Hot Fudge Hero

by Pat Brisson, Diana Cain Bluthenthal
     
 

Bertie learns through trial and error that making friends, playing the saxophone, and getting a strike at the bowling alley take hard work, patience, and time.

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Bertie learns through trial and error that making friends, playing the saxophone, and getting a strike at the bowling alley take hard work, patience, and time.

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"Funny and sweet." —Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 1-3In three short episodes, Bertie retrieves his baseball from grouchy Mr. Muckleberg's yard, encounters a fairy godfather while struggling with learning to play the saxophone, and adjusts to bowling with an unfamiliar ball. Through trial and error, he prevails each time and earns a secondary reward of a hot-fudge sundae. Written with a lighthearted touch, the text describes Bertie's determination and good nature. The short sentences in large-print text are set against plenty of white space, a format inviting to beginning chapter-book readers. Exaggerated pencil sketches that add humor and heighten interest appear on every two-page spread. A fitting addition.Christina Dorr, Calcium Primary School, NY
Kirkus Reviews
In the Redfeather series, an easy-to-read chapter book—with short lines of text, rather than paragraphs—that highlights a boy's small triumphs and his camaraderie with his friend, Isobel, his budding friendship with the "mean" neighbor next door, and his affection for his mother.

The first story involves a bet between Bertie and his friend Isobel: Either he retrieves his ball from mean Old Man Muckleberg's yard by the agreed-upon deadline, or he'll have to buy her a hot fudge sundae. He consults a library book for lessons in making friends, with the wished-for results. Bertie is not as enterprising in learning to play the saxophone, however, quitting in frustration until the arrival of his fairy godfather. Finally, Bertie is a bit of a whiner when he can't find a favorite bowling ball for a match with his mother. The well- evoked setting and a mild lesson on adapting to circumstances add up to above-average fare from Brisson (Wanda's Roses, 1994, etc.). In tidy, comic black-and-white illustrations, Bluthenthal chooses major scenes and vignettes with real flair, adding to the humor in her depictions of Bertie's laid-back approach as well as the manners and the stances of the other characters. Funny and sweet.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805045512
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
04/28/1997
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
6.84(w) x 7.84(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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