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I Was a Third Grade Spy

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Believe it or not–and you better believe it–Josh’s dog Arful can talk! This is very useful to Josh and his pals who want to win the school talent contest. First the boys have to find out what the girls are planning for the contest. That’s when they send Arful to get an earful by spying on the girls. Just wait until show time to see what Arful the spy uncovers.
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Overview

Believe it or not–and you better believe it–Josh’s dog Arful can talk! This is very useful to Josh and his pals who want to win the school talent contest. First the boys have to find out what the girls are planning for the contest. That’s when they send Arful to get an earful by spying on the girls. Just wait until show time to see what Arful the spy uncovers.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Lots of plain old the-boys-versus-the-girls fun.”
The Bulletin, Recommended
“The pace of the story suits the audience and the genre, and the language is well balanced throughout . . . a welcome addition to any collection looking for more funny, easy chapter books.”–School Library Journal
Publishers Weekly
After Josh was hypnotized into thinking he was a cat in I Was a Third Grade Science Fair Project, in this sequel his dog, Artful, can talk. The canine's ability to report back on the doings of their nemesis, Emily, has its uses. Ages 7-10. (Jan.)
Children's Literature
Husband and wife have teamed up to produce another amusing story. It is the girls against the boys as Josh, Brian and Dugie have a bet that they feel they must win in the school talent contest or they will have to do the girls'--their nemesis¾bidding for a whole week (Emily, Lissa and Cara). Arful, who can talk due to the boys' last science experiment, becomes a spy. He visits the girls in their playhouse to find out just what they propose for the talent contest. Arful being a dog doesn't make for the world's greatest spy and the boys end up trying a series of bizarre things as possible talent. The final selection for their act and the results will bring a few smiles, and all ends as one might expect. Perfect humor for kids in the targeted age group. 2001, Holiday, $15.95. Ages 5 to 8. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-A perfectly silly sequel to Auch's hilarious I Was a Third Grade Science Project (Holiday, 1998). This book immediately engages readers with a laugh and a bit of a shock-the first chapter is narrated by Arful the dog. In the earlier title, his owner, Brian "the Brain," and his friends tried to hypnotize Arful into thinking he was a cat, but it was Josh who developed a taste for raw fish, instead. Here, Josh is returned to normal, but Arful can talk. Many short and entertaining scenes ensue as the boys try to win the upcoming talent show and send the dog to spy on the competition. The canine's perceptions and worldview, shared for the first time because of his new vocabulary, provide most of the laughs. The short chapters are narrated alternately by Josh and Arful with postage-stamp-sized illustrations at the beginning of each chapter indicating whose turn it is to "speak." The pace of the story suits the audience and the genre, and the language is well balanced throughout. This title will be a welcome addition to any collection looking for more funny, easy chapter books.-Piper L. Nyman, Fairfield/Suisun Community Library, Fairfield, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440418719
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 1/14/2003
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 163,881
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.11 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 0.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Jane Auch has written many books for children including Journey to Nowhere, Frozen Summer, and The Road to Home, all available in Dell Yearling editions.
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  • Posted May 28, 2013

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    Mary Jane Auch and is an award winning author and illustrator of

    Mary Jane Auch and is an award winning author and illustrator of children's books for younger readers. The story is mainly about a dog called Arful Lewis who suddenly begins talking.
    The chapters are narrated by Brain Lewis and his dog Arful Lewis.
    The dog's owner and his friends send Arful to spy on the other students 
    who are planning to participate in the school's talent show.
    I found the story's plot to be very funny with nice illustrations.
    One of My favorite chapters was the preparation for the talent show. Brian's friend Dougie came up with the idea of being a ventriloquist using Arful as his partner.
    I think other young readers will enjoy this book because it makes you laugh knowing that the dog Arful can actual understand and talk with other people.
    I also recommend this book because of the characters, illustrations and interesting story line for readers between the ages 5 to 8. I give a rating of five stars.  Review by Young Mensan Cyrus S., age 7, Greater New York Mensa

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