Punished!

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When Logan slams into the reference guy in the library and gives him a little lip, he gets punished. He has three days to complete three tasks before Professor Wordsworth will lift the magical punishment that keeps getting Logan in more trouble.

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Overview

When Logan slams into the reference guy in the library and gives him a little lip, he gets punished. He has three days to complete three tasks before Professor Wordsworth will lift the magical punishment that keeps getting Logan in more trouble.

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Children's Literature
What a fantastic way to teach language arts! Early readers will find that the story is strong and that they can learn "school stuff" in a fun way. The tale is simple and understandable. In it, Logan encounters Professor Robert Wordsworth and learns about "word" magic when he and his busy friend Benedict are racing around the inside of the library. The professor blows magic dust from the cover of a book into Logan's face. From there on out, Logan is being "punished." Ridiculously entertaining puns spill out of his mouth whenever he tries to comment and ask questions. Grown-ups and kids moan and groan in answer to his puns. Wordsworth agrees to cure Logan only if he finds some oxymorons and anagrams in his everyday life. Logan sets out to find the words and in so doing, he presents the reader with perfect examples of the word forms. The author has the ability to make the characters real, thereby allowing children this age to identify with Logan and even Benedict. This unique tale is sure to encourage even the most reluctant reader and to make teaching language arts much easier for teachers. It is best for a reader to read the book instead of having it read to them. It helps to see the words in sentences packed with a pun. Add several copies to a classroom or library so many students can read them for language arts. 2006, Darby Creek Publishing, Ages 9 to 12.
—Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Logan knows he shouldn't have been playing tag in the library reference stacks and he's sorry that he crashed into Professor Wordsworth. But what did the strange old man mean when he said that Logan should be "punished?" Suddenly, the boy starts speaking in puns-really awful puns-and he can't stop. His family and friends think he's just smarting off, but Logan quickly realizes that he is under a curse. According to the professor, there is only one way to break the spell. Logan has three days to collect seven oxymorons, seven anagrams, and seven palindromes-or the "pun"-ishment will continue forever. This lighthearted fantasy would be an excellent classroom read-aloud. The language concepts are deftly explained and the clever, wordplay-filled dialogue provides numerous examples. There is an emphasis on problem-solving and self-reliance as well. Logan uses the dictionary and experiments with Scrabble tiles as he races against the clock to find the required answers. The short text and lively cover art will attract young readers, who will howl at the atrocious puns-and repeat them at the earliest opportunity. Be prepared for an epidemic of juvenile punsters.-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581960631
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 80,630
  • Age range: 7 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 540L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 5.54 (h) x 0.27 (d)

Meet the Author

David Lubar
David Lubar

David Lubar created a sensation with his debut novel, Hidden Talents, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Thousands of kids and educators across the country have voted Hidden Talents onto over twenty state lists. David is also the author of Flip, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror selection; and In the Land of the Lawn Weenies and Other Warped and Creepy Tales. David also writes a semi-regular humor column for VOYA magazine. He lives in Nazareth, Pennsylvania with his wife, daughter, and three cats.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2008

    What a Treasure!

    Punished by David Lubar will now be on my list of must reads each year to my students. I am amazed by the author's creativity. This story is about a boy named Logan, who is punished by Professor Robert Wordsworth for being disrespectful in the library. Logan tries to appologize but Mr. Wordsworth says 'that words aren't always enough.' He isn't punished in a normal way. Everytime he speaks his words come out in puns. His family, friends, and teachers are all annoyed by his puns. Logan finally realizes what has happened and he goes to Mr. Wordsworth to get help. Through this process he learns about oxymorons, anagrams, redundancies, and palindromes. Punished is not only a humerous story, it also teaches students about words in a way they will never forget. After reading this book it made me want to find oxymorons, anagrams, redundancies, and palindromes myself. I am sure it will have the same effect on my students. If you haven't read this book yet I highly recommend it.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2008

    A reviewer

    Punished was very interesting. It was not the best book I have read, but it is a good book to read. The language concepts are explained very clearly and the words are in a larger size making it easier to read. I liked the book a lot!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2008

    your book

    This book was a the best book I have ever read. I think David Lubar is very creative and is a good writer.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2009

    This book is a good short story.

    This is a short book but it packs alot in the story. It teaches you about different kinds of words. It uses alot of bad puns. The story is about a boy who goofs off in the library and then the librarian walks up to him with an old book and blows the dust onto him. (This is out of the mouth of my 11 year old son who read this book in one night. He really is not a reader but it held his attention and after reading this, he decided he really did like to read.)

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2006

    Fun teaching tool story

    What a great teaching tool story. This book is a quick, easy read. In this adventure, Logan is a boy on a quest to find 'Oxymorons', anagrams', and 'palindrome' in order to break his spell. This is a fun family story to read out loud to students or your children. Great teaching tool...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 27, 2013

    Im here

    Im here to finally update all of your commets.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    Read it

    IT WAS THE BEST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Posted January 7, 2013

    Wwwowow

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    The Worst

    Shamful book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2012

    Kool

    Interesting pure magic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2012

    FREE?

    This book seems really good in the sample but i dont have any money to get it is there anywhere to get it for free.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    Read this:) :)

    It was boring. It was the kind of book that always gives away that it will be okay in the end, it wasnt the kind of book that makes yoy question the happy outcome

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2009

    alright

    i thougth this book was okay wasn't the best but wasn't the worst. if you like suppensful stories you would like this.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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