John Patrick Norman Mchennessy: The Boy Who Was Always Late

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Every day John Patrick Norman McHennessy sets off along the road to learn, and every day strange and improbable happenings make him late.  To make things worse, his teacher, Sir, never believes his stories.  One day, John Patrick Norman McHennessy is able to make it on time and finds that an improbable and strange thing has happened to Sir.  Just how the tables are turned provides...
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Overview

Every day John Patrick Norman McHennessy sets off along the road to learn, and every day strange and improbable happenings make him late.  To make things worse, his teacher, Sir, never believes his stories.  One day, John Patrick Norman McHennessy is able to make it on time and finds that an improbable and strange thing has happened to Sir.  Just how the tables are turned provides a twist every child will relish.

A Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
An IRA Children's Choice
A Horn Book Fanfare Honor Book

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"The story has interesting undercurrents.  Burningham is saying something very serious about schools and education."--Kirkus Reviews (pointer)

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Children's Literature - Jennie DeGenaro
Unusual happenings occur when John Patrick Norman McHennessy is on his way to learn. The author never uses the word "school." When John reaches his destination, he is always late. His teacher doubts the stories John tells while trying to explain. The teacher deals out a somewhat different punishment each time John comes in late. John must write 300, 400 or 500 times that "I will not lie about….". The first and last pages of the book appear to have been written by a child. John tries to tell his teacher about the crocodile that grabbed his book bag and the tidal wave that could have washed him away. But the teacher does not believe poor John McHennessy. The book ends with a quirk when the teacher finds himself in an unusual predicament and John McHennessy does not believe the tale his teacher is telling him. The unpaged book has won many prizes and the content is sure to please children when the table is turned on the teacher. The illustrations are fascinating and the story is humorous. Reviewer: Jennie DeGenaro
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375852206
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/8/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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