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Hudson Hates School

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Hudson is good at a lot of things, but spelling isn't one of them. In fact, having to do spelling tests is one of the many things he HATES about school. After another horrible day Hudson declares he will never go back to school. But one final very different test helps Hudson understand why he is special . . . and how he can learn to learn!
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Overview


Hudson is good at a lot of things, but spelling isn't one of them. In fact, having to do spelling tests is one of the many things he HATES about school. After another horrible day Hudson declares he will never go back to school. But one final very different test helps Hudson understand why he is special . . . and how he can learn to learn!
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Editorial Reviews

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“Conveys the difficulties and emotions of dyslexia through a child's eyes in a way that is both uplifting and humbling.” — Nursery Education Plus
School Library Journal
Gr 2–3—Hudson likes "painting pictures and building models and baking cakes," but he does not like school. The worst thing about it is spelling. His teacher gives a test and his classmates laugh when he calls out his low score. Miss French makes him stay in at playtime to practice his spelling. At the end of the day, Hudson's mother meets him at the school gate and tries to comfort him as he declares, "I....am never going back to school...ever again!" Miss French calls his mother and the following Monday, Mr. Shapland takes Hudson to the study room to give him some special tests. To his surprise, Hudson soon begins to have fun as he looks at pictures and makes patterns with funny blocks. Mr. Shapland explains that the boy has a "learning difficulty called dyslexia." Hudson begins lessons with other children who also have dyslexia and soon he starts to like school. Quirky ink, watercolor and pencil illustrations fill each spread, and the large dialogue balloons are designed to increase readability. Bordered by a tan frame resembling striped wallpaper, the subtly shaded pictures feature interesting patterns and textures. An explanatory note and a short list of dyslexia resources appear at the end of the book. Additional titles on the topic include Patricia Polacco's Thank You, Mr. Falker (Philomel, 1998) or Diane Burton Robb's The Alphabet War: A Story About Dyslexia (Albert Whitman, 2004).—Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA
Kirkus Reviews
Hudson has many interests, but school is a misery for him until he learns to work with his dyslexia. Tapping into the frustration that many children with undiagnosed dyslexia feel, author Hudson, speaking from personal experience, explains Hudson's school struggles, especially with spelling tests. Once he is identified and finds the help he needs in a pull-out class, Hudson enjoys school for the first time. Negative subplots, including the mocking of his peers ("Ha ha! Hudson can't spell!") and ineffective teaching strategies (holding Hudson in from playtime to work on spelling), give this book a troubling tone. Stylized ink, watercolor and pencil illustrations feature oval-headed people and are sunny and bright. A few examples of British spelling (learnt, spellings instead of spelling, snigger and the lack of periods after "Mr") and cursive writing in the illustrations make this book a better read-aloud than a selection for independent reading. It's hard to see how specialist Mr. Shapland's explanation of dyslexia and brain theory could comfort any child. Children with learning differences just need to know they think differently than some other children and might have to work hard, but they are still very smart. It's no wonder that Hudson hates school, and it's hard to see how readers will feel any different. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847803757
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
  • Publication date: 3/18/2014
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,449,490
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Ella Hudson grew up in Cornwall and has always loved drawing. She graduated from University College Falmouth with a degree in illustration and has worked on various magazines. This is her first book. She lives in Penzance, Cornwall, U.K., where she works as a teacher.
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