Michael

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Michael was . . . different. His teachers said he was the worst boy in the school. He was always late and he was a little scruffy. Is there no hope for him at all?

Tony Bradman’s humorous text and Tony Ross’s zany illustrations make Michael the ideal picture book for all children.

Michael is considered to be a poor student because he is different from the others and has his own ideas about what is...

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Overview

Michael was . . . different. His teachers said he was the worst boy in the school. He was always late and he was a little scruffy. Is there no hope for him at all?

Tony Bradman’s humorous text and Tony Ross’s zany illustrations make Michael the ideal picture book for all children.

Michael is considered to be a poor student because he is different from the others and has his own ideas about what is interesting or worthwhile, but he ends by surprising everyone.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Everyone knows an unconventional genius like Michael, but it takes a combination like Bradman and wacky cartoon-style illustrator Tony Ross . . . to bring him to life so effectively.”
Glasgow Herald
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Michael is ``the worst boy in the school''--unpunctual, inattentive and disruptive. In art class he draws a rocket while the other children paint flowers; in math, he works on strange calculations instead of reciting his tables; in gym class he leaps skyward as his fellow pupils jog on the spot. Although Michael likes reading, he prefers books on rockets and outer space to ``the sort of books they had in school.'' Michael's teachers have washed their hands of him, until one day the ingenious boy zips off in a homemade rocket. This somewhat offbeat picture book is a splendid collaboration, for what the text does not divulge, the pictures do eloquently. Bradman's text is deadpan in its simplicity and amusing in its understatement, while Ross's exuberant illustrations present a ghastly array of teachers and rows of snub-nosed schoolchildren in comic detail. Though some parents may wonder whether Michael's genius justifies his bad behavior, children will find him perfectly endearing. Ages 4-7. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-- Michael is an outcast, a unique specimen. The other kids in school look alike; they dress alike, while Michael is ``a little scruffy.'' He likes reading, math, science, and art but he's not interested in the way these subjects are being taught. He's single-mindedly preoccupied with the desire to build and fly a rocket ship. His teachers, who consider him the ``worst boy in school,'' do nothing to support his interest. Michael is on his own, and although he does just fine, accomplishing his goal by the end, the book says nothing for our education system. One line of text per page acts as a springboard for each double-page spread. Ross uses his bold, loud style to good effect. The heavy, loose line and watercolor illustrations are sure to elicit a laugh or two from a willing audience, yet the text itself never takes off. Michael may be unusual but building a spaceship is not a new idea. --Martha Topol, Interlochen Public Library, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781842709115
  • Publisher: Andersen Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Pages: 28
  • Sales rank: 764,993
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Bradman's previous titles include Daddy's Lullaby and The Magnificent Mummies. Tony Ross is the author of many books, including The Boy Who Cried Wolf and Wash Your Hands!

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