Raymond and Graham Rule the School

Raymond and Graham Rule the School

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by Mike Knudson, Steve Wilkinson
     
 

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Best friends Raymond and Graham have waited their whole lives for fourth grade, when they’ll rule the school at East Millcreek Elementary. But things don’t go quite as planned when Raymond gets stuck with the most embarrassing line in the school play! Can he find a way out of it, or will he be humiliated in front of everyone? Filled with memorable… See more details below

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Best friends Raymond and Graham have waited their whole lives for fourth grade, when they’ll rule the school at East Millcreek Elementary. But things don’t go quite as planned when Raymond gets stuck with the most embarrassing line in the school play! Can he find a way out of it, or will he be humiliated in front of everyone? Filled with memorable characters, side-splitting moments, and goofy black-andwhite illustrations, this series is sure to tickle kids’ funny bones!

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Children's Literature - Summer Whiting
Raymond and Graham have been best friends since they were little kids. They are about to embark on a new and remarkable chapter in their lives. They are entering fourth grade. This is not just any school year. They have been waiting to become Fourth Grade Men for years. And they are prepared to rule the school. Things go from bad to worse on the first day of school. Raymond and Graham arrive to find out they are in Mrs. Gibson's class, the teacher who happens to be the oldest and meanest in the entire school. Then Raymond gets seated next to the school bully, David, who has no problem making fun of his last name in front of the entire class. The fourth grade play is fast approaching and Raymond is hoping for the lead. Not a chance! He ends up with one line. Graham tangles with an electric razor and loses an eyebrow. Then he decides he is going to kiss the girl of his dreams and ends up kissing her mother's arm. The year does get better for this duo but not without a lot of silly moments. The illustrations are sure to bring some laughs. This is a great chapter book for reluctant male readers. Girls will also enjoy the antics of Raymond and Graham. Reviewer: Summer Whiting
School Library Journal

Gr 2-4

A rollicking, laugh-out-loud look at fourth grade through the eyes of two lifelong pals. The boys figure that this year, since they are the oldest kids at East Millcreek Elementary, they'll rule the school, but nothing seems to work out as planned. First, Raymond ends up having the creepiest teacher ever, then Graham accidentally shaves off his own eyebrow. After auditions for the school play, Raymond, who covets the role of Scrooge, gets a small part with a silly line about plum pudding. Faced with more ups and downs-and one hilarious situation after another-the boys begin to wonder if fourth grade will turn out to be a total disaster. Narrated by Raymond, this story is filled with nonstop action and kid-friendly humor. Done in an exaggerated cartoon style, Curtis's occasional black-and-white illustrations perfectly suit the tone of the text. Fans of Dav Pilkey's "Captain Underpants" series (Scholastic) or Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Abrams, 2007) are in for big fun involving prunes, false teeth, misplaced first kisses, and two true-blue friends.-Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA

Kirkus Reviews
Raymond and best friend Graham have been looking forward to fourth grade since they were first graders, when they were mightily impressed by the big kids. It's their turn now and, not surprisingly, being fourth graders isn't quite the unfettered glory they had anticipated. No humorous incident is too low to be recounted, as when Raymond eats a whole jar of prunes, nor too gross, as he also tries kissing as a means to get sick with a cold and get out of the class play. Embarrassment is best handled with a friend at your side, and the devotion these two have for each other makes the worst tolerable. Kids moving on from Herbie Jones or Owen Foote will find this new series right up their alley. Teachers, parents and especially girls are depicted not so much as individual people but as a boys'-eye-view of the generic of the species-but the skimpy character development seems to be the point. The authors draw a bead on the fourth-grade funny bone and hit a bull's-eye. (Fiction. 8-11)
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The authors draw a bead on the fourth-grade funny bone and hit a bull's-eye. -Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440634475
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
07/03/2008
Series:
Raymond and Graham
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
1,220,984
Lexile:
670L (what's this?)
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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The authors draw a bead on the fourth-grade funny bone and hit a bull's-eye. -Kirkus Reviews

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