Molly's in a Mess

Molly's in a Mess

by Suzy Kline, Diana Cain Bluthenthal, Diana Cain Bluthenthal
     
 

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Molly and her best friend Morty are always goofing around and playing ball in school. But when Molly accidentally bounces her basketball on the wrong person, she lands in the principal's office. Molly can't believe who tattled on her, and she's just mad enough to get even.

"Kline's latest exhibits her usual flair for elementary school antics [and] Bluthenthal's

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Molly and her best friend Morty are always goofing around and playing ball in school. But when Molly accidentally bounces her basketball on the wrong person, she lands in the principal's office. Molly can't believe who tattled on her, and she's just mad enough to get even.

"Kline's latest exhibits her usual flair for elementary school antics [and] Bluthenthal's cartoonish illustrations focus on the humor and keep things frolicsome." (Publishers Weekly)

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Kline's (the Herbie Jones series) latest beginning chapter book exhibits her usual flair for elementary school antics. The first, rather plodding chapter seems to serve only as an opportunity for narrator Morty Hill to introduce his fiercely loyal and unpredictable best friend, Molly Zander. But as soon as the second chapter begins, with Morty's testimonial on how well his pal can keep a secret, the story is off and running. Kline plants clues that factor into the story later, including the pair's mutual love of sports, and Molly's fatal flaw: when "she's not telling the whole truth, her eyes get bigger." Florence, a new girl in class, has a few things to learn about how to treat her peers--some of which she inadvertently passes on to Molly, too. If the characters never get too deep, Kline's light touch makes the lessons all the easier to swallow. However, she occasionally strains readers' willingness to suspend disbelief: Morty, undetected by an adult, peers through the girls' bathroom door and overhears Molly's uncharacteristically adult apology to Florence ("I didn't apologize for laughing at you because I wasn't sorry at the time. But I feel like it now. You're a nice person, and I embarrassed you in front of everyone. I'm sorry"). Bluthenthal's cartoonish illustrations focus on the humor and keep things frolicsome. Ages 6-9. (Aug.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-3-Third-grader Morty describes an eventful day at school with his friend Molly, who loves sports and is great at keeping secrets. She has one big flaw though-she lies a lot. During a fire alarm, Molly grabs a basketball as the class rushes outside. She attempts to fake a hook shot, loses control of the ball, and hits the principal on the head, knocking his hairpiece to the ground. Classmate Florence tattles, and the aspiring athlete must report to the principal's office where Morty bails her out by explaining that it was an accident. Molly later follows Florence into the bathroom seeking revenge, sees her with an asthma inhaler she keeps hidden in her bag, feels remorse, and the two make up. Kline is well known for her realistic and amusing beginning chapter books that feature simple plots, sketchy but believable characters, and relevant themes. However, this one does not meet the author's usual standard. The message is heavy-handed and the children are not plausible; Morty behaves like a short adult, and Molly's sudden change of heart is unconvincing. Still, the lively pen-and-ink illustrations and unthreatening format will appeal to the author's many fans.-Maggie McEwen, Coffin Elementary School, Brunswick, ME Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399231315
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
08/28/1999
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.45(d)
Lexile:
440L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Suzy Kline, the author of nineteen previous Horrible Harry books and four books about Song Lee, lives in Willington Connecticut with her husband, Rufus. Suzy and Rufus have been married for thirty-eight years. They met in the state where they both grew up: California. Suzy grew up in Berkeley and Rufus in Sacramento. Suzy graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in European history. She met Rufus at the Davis campus while attending that campus for a year. They got married and lived in different places, including Canada, before settling into Connecticut, the state they now call home.

Suzy taught in 5th and 6th grades at Shannon Elementary School in Richmond, California for 3 years, and 2nd and 3rd grades at Southwest Elementary School in Torrington, Connecticut for 24 years before retiring this past June. She now enjoys writing full-time and visiting schools and libraries. The couple share their home with two cats, Teeter and Hoag. They have two daughters, Jennifer and Emily, and four grandchildren: Jake, Kenna, Gabby and Saylor. A fifth grandchild is due in September, 2006. Suzy's mother just turned 96. She dedicated her most recent book, Horrible Harry Takes the Cake to her.

Suzy and Rufus enjoy attending UConn football and basketball games, and Suzy uses the UConn library as a reference for her writing facts.

Suzy Kline, the author of nineteen previous Horrible Harry books and four books about Song Lee, lives in Willington Connecticut with her husband, Rufus. Suzy and Rufus have been married for thirty-eight years. They met in the state where they both grew up: California. Suzy grew up in Berkeley and Rufus in Sacramento. Suzy graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in European history. She met Rufus at the Davis campus while attending that campus for a year. They got married and lived in different places, including Canada, before settling into Connecticut, the state they now call home.

Suzy taught in 5th and 6th grades at Shannon Elementary School in Richmond, California for 3 years, and 2nd and 3rd grades at Southwest Elementary School in Torrington, Connecticut for 24 years before retiring this past June. She now enjoys writing full-time and visiting schools and libraries. The couple share their home with two cats, Teeter and Hoag. They have two daughters, Jennifer and Emily, and four grandchildren: Jake, Kenna, Gabby and Saylor. A fifth grandchild is due in September, 2006. Suzy's mother just turned 96. She dedicated her most recent book, Horrible Harry Takes the Cake to her.

Suzy and Rufus enjoy attending UConn football and basketball games, and Suzy uses the UConn library as a reference for her writing facts.

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