I Fooled You: Ten Stories of Tricks, Jokes and Switcheroos

I Fooled You: Ten Stories of Tricks, Jokes and Switcheroos

by Johanna Hurwitz
     
 

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How many different ways can ten leading middle-grade authors tell a story including the line "I fooled you"? Prepare to be surprised!

An arrogant prince tries to bluff his way out of paying the bridge troll’s toll, only to find that honesty really is its own reward. Judy Moody dreams up her best-ever prank on Stink, but he finds a hilarious

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How many different ways can ten leading middle-grade authors tell a story including the line "I fooled you"? Prepare to be surprised!

An arrogant prince tries to bluff his way out of paying the bridge troll’s toll, only to find that honesty really is its own reward. Judy Moody dreams up her best-ever prank on Stink, but he finds a hilarious way to make her joke fall splat. And when a boy’s grandfather plays an elaborate trick that has the whole town laughing at him, can he use it one day to big-time advantage? Edited by acclaimed children’s author Johanna Hurwitz, this collection of stories — all woven around the phrase "I fooled you" — range from a comic graphic tale about clever chimps to thought-provoking explorations of fairness, empathy, eccentricity, and the power of imagination.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Hurwitz asked 10 authors to write a piece with the tagline of the title. The cleverness displayed in the selections is uneven. Megan McDonald uses her familiar characters, Judy Moody and Stink, no novices in the fooling department, and Douglas Florian's poem is distinctively in his style, but contains unexpected elements, nonetheless. Some stories seem predictable from their titles, while others play with tropes that are seldom seen upended. For example, Michelle Knudsen's "The Bridge to Highlandsville" is absolutely logical yet lacks the ending most would expect. Matthew Holm's almost wordless "Sam and Pam" has the least depth, but adds a nice graphic-novel-style component to the package. Most readers will likely find something that they appreciate and something that they don't—which may be the best indication of the range of depth and complexity in this collection.—Carol A. Edwards, Denver Public Library, CO
Kirkus Reviews
After collecting stories all based on birthdays from well-known children's authors for a previous anthology, Birthday Surprises (1995), this time Hurwitz has asked a group of ten writers to create stories that include the line, "I fooled you," a concept that, she reminds readers, is a common feature of most folk and fairy tales. Matthew Holm provides a funny, nearly wordless graphic tale. The final two stories, a new take on the troll guarding a bridge by Michelle Knudsen and a story with a satisfying surprise ending by Ellen Klages, are the best. Douglas Florian contributes a bouncy poem, and stories by Johanna Hurwitz and Eve B. Feldman offer gentle messages about the sometimes-questionable behavior of middle-grade students. The anthology's large font and short-story format may appeal to struggling middle-school readers as well as elementary-school kids, although the rather juvenile cover art (that nonetheless captures the "fooled you" concept) might fool them into thinking it's only appropriate for a much younger audience. (Short stories. 8- 14)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763648770
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
03/09/2010
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Johanna Hurwitz is the award-winning author of more than sixty books for children, including MOSTLY MONTY, MIGHTY MONTY, and AMAZING MONTY, as well as the Riverside Kids series. She divides her time between Long Island, New York, and Wilmington, Vermont.

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