School Library Journal
These early chapter books begin and end in the time-out chair. In Friends , Roscoe's first-grade class is getting ready for open house. It's supposed to involve a performance of singing bumblebees followed by dessert. However, add one hyper, trouble-finding boy (Roscoe) with a tube of Super-Mega-Gonzo Glue and too many bright ideas and you've got a recipe for disaster. In Sweater , Roscoe trades an itchy sweater that his grandmother made him for his neighbor's dog so he can enter the animal in a pet show. The protagonist always means well and the adults can usually see a big heart behind his antics-after they've calmed down a bit. Both stories are fun reads with simple and amusing cartoon illustrations. Good choices for children transitioning from beginning readers to chapter books.-Kelly Roth, Bartow County Public Library, Cartersville, GA
Read an Excerpt
Roscoe Riley Rules #1: Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs
Welcome to Time-Out
Hey! Over here!
It's me. Roscoe.
Welcome to the Official Roscoe Riley Time-out Corner.
Want to hang out with me?
I have to warn you, though. We're going to be here for a while.
See, I kinda got in some trouble today.
Kids have to follow so many rules!
Sometimes my brain forgets to remem-ber them all.
It's not like I try to find ways to get in trouble. It's just that trouble has a way of finding me.
Truth is, I'm just a normal, everyday kid like you.
My favorite food is blue M&M's. My favorite sport is bed jumping. My favorite color is rainbow.
And my most not-favorite thing is lima beans.
See? Like I said. Just a normal, everyday kid.
A normal, everyday kid who sometimes gets into trouble.
Like today. I was just trying to help out my teacher.
How was I supposed to know you shouldn't glue people to chairs?
With Super-Mega-Gonzo Glue?
You've done that, haven't you?
Oh. Well, maybe you should hear the whole story. . . . Roscoe Riley Rules #1: Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs. Copyright © by Katherine Applegate. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.