Marvin and the Meanest Girl

Marvin and the Meanest Girl

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by Suzy Kline
     
 

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Marvin Higgins is always calling people names and making them mad. And because the new girl in class, Lucy Tinker, has hair that sticks up like a porcupine, Marvin starts picking on her. But Lucy decides to be mean, too, and scratches Marvin with her long, rainbow-colored nails! Will Marvin and Lucy ever stop fighting? Suzy Kline, creator of Horrible Harry, returns to… See more details below

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Marvin Higgins is always calling people names and making them mad. And because the new girl in class, Lucy Tinker, has hair that sticks up like a porcupine, Marvin starts picking on her. But Lucy decides to be mean, too, and scratches Marvin with her long, rainbow-colored nails! Will Marvin and Lucy ever stop fighting? Suzy Kline, creator of Horrible Harry, returns to the classroom in this funny, realistic chapter book.

"The action is fast, the talk is lively, and the drawings get the classroom characters and the standoffs between friends and enemies just right." (Booklist)

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Children's Literature
For the first time in his life Marvin finds himself up against someone who is at least as mean as he is. The challenge is almost more than he can bear. Thus begins the battle between Marvin and the new girl in his class, Lucy the "stinker" Tinker. Marvin also calls her "porcupine" and tells her that he thinks her multicolored fingernails are "dumb." On the battle rages between these two stubborn and misguided children. Marvin is ready to believe that Lucy is a thief and decides that he is going to expose her. It is with great confusion that he discovers there is a reasonable explanation for all her actions and that she is not a thief at all. From others he learns that Lucy is a very lonely and unhappy child, motherless and recently made grandmother-less, too. From Marvin's stumbling and bumbling mistakes, the reader sees that things are not always as they seem and it is not a bad idea to look carefully at a person before you judge them. An easy read for newcomers to chapter books, Marvin and the Meanest Girl is fast paced and true to the world of schoolchildren trying to adjust to school life. 2002, Puffin Books,
— Marya Jansen-Gruber
School Library Journal
Gr 2-3-Marvin makes a snap judgment about a new girl in class and convinces himself that she is a thief. Neither he nor Lucy is an angel. He is quick to assign her hurtful nicknames and makes fun of another classmate who stutters. Lucy scratches him so hard that she draws blood. Gradually, Marvin realizes that he has made a mistake. Not only has he wrongly accused Lucy, but he also has shown no compassion for the fact that her grandmother, with whom she lived, recently died. Kline understands the dynamics of relationships in the primary grades, and doesn't sugarcoat the classmates' poor behavior. Fortunately, Marvin has a conscience, and he tries to make amends. The black-and-white pencil drawings throughout give this easy chapter book a young look, aimed squarely at the early elementary-school crowd.-Pat Leach, Lincoln City Libraries, NE Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101175149
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
11/11/2002
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
831,396
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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