I Was a Third Grade Science Project

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While trying to hypnotize his dog for the third grade science fair, Brian accidentally makes his best friend Josh think he's a cat.

While trying to hypnotize his dog for the third grade science fair, Brian accidentally makes his best friend Josh think he's a cat.

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While trying to hypnotize his dog for the third grade science fair, Brian accidentally makes his best friend Josh think he's a cat.

While trying to hypnotize his dog for the third grade science fair, Brian accidentally makes his best friend Josh think he's a cat.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Three boys create mayhem while scrambling for their science fair project. "Auch fuels her novel with funny, flippant dialogue and clever one-liners," said PW. Ages 7-10. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Josh is paired with Brian, the class brain, for the annual science project. Brian's idea is to hypnotize his dog, Arful, into believing he is a cat. Things get complicated when Mrs. Metz adds a third boy to the group, especially since it is Dougie, who thinks Brian's idea is ridiculous. Brian has never failed before, but this project seems headed for disaster. Brian's detailed notes get them to the semifinals, held in conjunction with Parent's Night. However, bringing a live dog to Parent's Night might not be a wise choice. Chaos ensues, concluding in a humorous ending with a twist. Despite the use of clichT, stock characters (the class brain, the poor kid on the fringes, prissy girls), the story is fun reading.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4Josh and his best friend, Brian, the class brain, team up for their science project. While Josh takes a passive interest in it, Brian comes up with the idea of hypnotizing his dog, Arful, into thinking he's a cat. Back at school, the boys reluctantly admit the unlikable Dougie onto their team. During the course of the experiment, Josh becomes entranced by Brian's hypnotic swinging crystal. As time passes, it's hard to determine if Arful is any different, yet subtle changes in Josh's behavior begin to emerge. When they attempt to demonstrate their project at Parent's Night, it becomes clear to the boys that Josh has been inadvertently hypnotized and thinks he's a cat. Surprisingly, it's Dougie who saves the day. This well-written story is neatly constructed and has a funny, clever ending. The action moves quickly and the dialogue is natural. Josh is a likable character with whom readers will readily identify. The average-quality black-and-white cartoons add nothing to the text. Still, this is an entertaining tale for those who aren't quite ready for science-experiment-gone-wrong titles such as Dean Hughes's Nutty Knows All (Aladdin, 1991).Lucy Rafael, The Center for Early Education, West Hollywood, CA
Kirkus Reviews
Brian, the class brain, has come up with a unique science project to execute with his best friend (and the narrator), Josh, and class "moron," Dougie; he'll hypnotize his dog, Arful, into acting like a cat. Unfortunately, Josh is the one who begins to act like a cat, revealed in a few subtle clues that go unnoticed until Parents' Night, when they present their projects on stage: Josh encounters catnip for the first time, with hilarious results. Most of this frequently amusing story consists of Brian making notes of the nonexistent changes in Arful's behavior while Josh and Dougie (who is not as dumb as he acts) make smart-aleck remarks. The biggest surprise is the ending, which may hint at a sequel: Brian restores Josh to boyhood, but accidentally hypnotizes ArfulĂľwho asks for a pizza, with anchovies. A glib, funny novel. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440416067
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 261,445
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.29 (w) x 7.63 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2005

    A really funny & cool book

    I think this book is great! I am in third grade and I would definitely recommend this book to other kids.

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