How Not to Start Third Grade (Step into Reading Series Step 4)

How Not to Start Third Grade (Step into Reading Series Step 4)

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by Ellen Titlebaum
     
 

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Will should be excited to start third grade. But his little brother, Steve, is starting kindergarten. The same laugh-out-loud writing and hilarious illustrations that brought us How Not to Babysit Your Brother now portray the tribulations and embarrassments of starting school with a very troublesome little brother. School will never be the same!Cathy Hapka

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Will should be excited to start third grade. But his little brother, Steve, is starting kindergarten. The same laugh-out-loud writing and hilarious illustrations that brought us How Not to Babysit Your Brother now portray the tribulations and embarrassments of starting school with a very troublesome little brother. School will never be the same!Cathy Hapka and Ellen Titlebaum are the authors of many books for children. This is their second book about Will and Steve. They live in Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, and New York City, respectively.Debbie Palen has illustrated many books for children, including How Not to Babysit Your Brother and the first four books in the Andrew Lost series. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Katie DeWald
Will is dreading the first day of school. He likes school and is excited to chat with all of his friends again but is worried about what will happen when his brother starts school for the first time. Will has good reason to be concerned. He is not thrilled about showing his little brother around the school and is horrified when Steve tears through the hallway, banging on lockers and yelping like a dog. Will does not help the situation when he attempts to threaten Steve by telling him that the principal is an alien robot whose wiring shorts out if it is too noisy, which causes Steve to run shrieking down the hallway smack into Will's group of friends. The events of the first day of school escalate through Steve's escapades on the playground and in the lunchroom, and end in a visit to the principal's office for the brothers and their dog. Palen brilliantly portrays the characters' glee, terror, and other sentiments using illustrations full of emotion and energy. This outrageously funny story will entertain and wash away the back-to- school blues and hesitations. No one will be able to top the wacky and far-fetched capers of Will and Steve as they enter school for the first time together. A Step 4 book from the "Step into Reading" series that kids will howl over as they read on their own.
School Library Journal

Gr 2-3
This very slight book should be called How to Turn off Newly Independent Readers . Longer paragraphs with fewer illustrations look great on the surface in this "Step 4" reader. Unfortunately, the story, in which Will describes his first day of third grade, is completely unbelievable. His brother is starting kindergarten. When the boys arrive at school, Steve is off and running-tearing around the halls, banging on the lockers, and creating total chaos. Will tries to ignore him but when the family dog finds his way into the school cafeteria, everybody and everything goes wild. While all of this is silly, it is not realistic. No school lets new students (kindergarteners, no less) roam the halls on their own or allows a food fight in the cafeteria. The illustrations are just as wild as the story with little to offer except for a pretty good description of what should not happen. This title fails to be funny; it's simply frenzied.
—Susan LissimCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Will and his little brother Steve face third grade and kindergarten in this over-the-top chapter book in the venerable Step-Into-Reading series for new readers. Will knows that going to the same school as his brother is going to be a challenge, but he does not know how much of a challenge it will be. From the moment Will has to hold Steve's hand and take him to kindergarten, everything that can go wrong does. Whether Steve is slamming all the lockers, making faces through the third-grade window or starting a food fight in the cafeteria, he's embarrassing his older brother. Expressive and stylized color illustrations add to the exaggerated plot lines. A comfortable, predictable ending on the bench outside of the principal's office will make new readers everywhere smile with recognition. No one will mistake this for a lesson book about back to school, but new readers will find many reasons to laugh out loud with Will and Steve. (Fiction. 6-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375839047
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
07/10/2007
Series:
Step into Reading Book Series: A Step 4 Book
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
66,353
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.19(d)
Lexile:
450L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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How Not to Start Third Grade (Step into Reading Series Step 4) 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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