Martin Bridge: On the Lookout!

Martin Bridge: On the Lookout!

by Jessica Scott Kerrin, Joseph Kelly
     
 

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Martin Bridge is back. Martin Bridge: On the Lookout! features three more illustrated stories about Martin's well-laid plans unravelling. This time, he has to entertain an unwanted guest, share lunch with a boy who eats erasers and embark on a madcap search for his school's escaped pet parakeet.

The daily discoveries, disappointments and triumphs of

Overview

Martin Bridge is back. Martin Bridge: On the Lookout! features three more illustrated stories about Martin's well-laid plans unravelling. This time, he has to entertain an unwanted guest, share lunch with a boy who eats erasers and embark on a madcap search for his school's escaped pet parakeet.

The daily discoveries, disappointments and triumphs of childhood —- at home, at school and with friends —- are evoked with humor and warmth.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Martin’s second outing provides more of what made the first book work so beautifully. Martin Bridge is worth looking out for.

[D]elivers the same type of fun as Martin Bridge: Ready for Takeoff ...

School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-This beginning chapter book delivers the same type of fun as Kerrin's Martin Bridge Ready for Takeoff! (Kids Can, 2005). In the first story, Laila Moffatt shows up for Martin's birthday party a day late. At first Martin is upset that he has to spend time with Laila instead of playing "Park Rangers" with his best friends, Alex and Stuart. He is surprised when he enjoys throwing water balloons with Laila and loves her present, a "Park Ranger Super-Charged All-Night Flashlight!" In the second story, Martin forgets his permission slip for a class trip and must spend the day with last year's teacher and his class. The last story features Martin, Alex, and Stuart inadvertently letting the class parakeet escape. The boys make posters and after stealing the wrong Polly from the junior high, the correct Polly is returned. Kelly's full-page and spot cartoon illustrations, drawn with graphite and charcoal and shaded digitally, will support newly independent readers.-Debbie Stewart Hoskins, Grand Rapids Public Library, MI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Poor, dear Martin, he tries his best, but calamities small and large seem to follow him everywhere. In three lively short stories, Martin is a real boy, not a cookie-cutter boy. He follows his natural instincts, even when they are selfish. He acts without thinking, but is never mean on purpose. When curly-headed Laila arrives a day late for his birthday party, Martin wants her to leave, even though her mother has gone shopping. On another day, he forgets his permission slip for the big field trip and is left behind to spend a cranky day with younger children. And in the final hilarious story, he accidentally releases Polly, the class parakeet, and faces the principal two times. Nevertheless, in each situation, Martin's character shines through as he moves from grumpiness to action, making many friends on the way. Young readers will identify with Martin and will celebrate his successes, while recognizing his shortcomings. The rich secondary characters, realistic charcoal illustrations and familiar situations are perfect for chapter-book readers. May young readers have more from Martin. (Fiction. 7-10)
Horn Book Starred Review
Martin’s second outing provides more of what made the first book work so beautifully. Martin Bridge is worth looking out for.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781553377733
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
08/28/2005
Series:
Martin Bridge Series
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.26(h) x 0.42(d)
Lexile:
600L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Jessica Scott Kerrin is the author of the bestselling Martin Bridge series, inspired by the misadventures of her husband and son. Her first novel, Martin Bridge: Ready for Takeoff! was named an ALA Notable Children's Book and placed on the Horn Book Fanfare List. Kerrin grew up on the Canadian prairies, but now lives with her family and pet tortoise in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Joseph Kelly is a commercial and industrial artist. He is illustrator of the Martin Bridge series of chapter books and A Paddling of Ducks. He lives in Sonoma, California.

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