Raymond and Graham Rule the School [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Raymond and Graham Rule the School

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440634475
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/3/2008
  • Series: Raymond and Graham
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 877,677
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Mike Knudson lives in North Salt Lake, Utah.

Steve Wilkinson lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

Stacy Curtis lives in Chicago, Illinois.
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2008

    Raymond and Graham Rule the School

    This was a really fun book for my three boys, most of the way through. They laughed a lot, and the comedy is the strong ability of the author. I would not hesitate to give it a solid recommendation. However, there is one fatal flaw that I am really surprised no one else seems to have noticed. The book has some off color humor. I realize many think it's a minor thing, but if it's so minor, why include it? This is a major concern of mine on kids television and even the movies. I had no idea it had leaked into childrens lit as well. I really felt even though it was short, it was still inappropriate. It's not as though boys need any more encouragement in this area. Truley, they need less. So I'm sad to say I'm gonna have to pass on any future R and G for something that is able to stay wholesome throughout. And I'm going to have to give it a 'disappointing' grade. Not because the writing is disappointing--it's actually very good. But because some of the content is very disappointing.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2008

    Raymond and Graham Rule the School

    really, I thought it was awesome. How could you ask for more in a kids book? Funny, self-deprecating, and never taking itself too seriously. honestly, I thought it was great. I'll be on the lookout for similar books. I think they really scored a slam dunk.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2008

    Raymond and Graham Rule the School

    woot. me and my friends love raymond and graham they rule but there kind of nerdy but in a awesome way.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Yeah

    I ruled my high school...alone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

    Strongly recommended.

    I loved this book! It made me laugh super hard! It is great for all ages, including adults! The author, Mike Knudson, came to my school and I got to have lunch with him!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

    REALLY GOOD

    Cool

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Rayn Raymond and grayam rule the school

    The story is awesome.it might be a little inapropriate but funny

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  • Posted October 20, 2011

    4th grade MEN?! LOL

    this book is short but really funny. I definetly recommend for laughs

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Laugh out Loud

    My son literally laughed out loud while reading this book. He would go back and re-read the really funny parts to all of us. If you talked about the book days later, he would just start cracking up! These authors are absolutely fabulous - getting boys to love and stay interested in reading good children's literature.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2009

    Wonderful read

    A humorous gem. My kids loved it. I loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2008

    Great kids book!

    Congrats to the authors. They've done a fine job. Very funny and delightful. Best, most sincere wishes...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2008

    Raymond and Graham Rule the School

    This reads like it could be a great answer to the Junie B. Jones series, something boys could really get into. I also notice comic parallels with classics from my own generation like How to Eat Fried Worms. Glad we found it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2008

    Raymond and Graham Rule the School

    Highly recommend for parents who enjoy reading with their children. Very humorous.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2008

    Now since when????!!

    Since when are public schools the place for salesmen to come peddle their wares????? My kids say the authors of this book came to their school, did a really great marketing presentation, and brainwashed them with what a great book it was. Now: Here's my problem with this. If we are going to teach our kids how to read and write, let's do it. But I highly doubt that is the purpose of this books' appearance in my childrens school. How about the kids who get allexcited about the books, but their parents can't afford to run right out and buy a book? Where do we draw the line with sales pitches in school? Maybe I ought to show up with my amway products and pretend I'm trying to teach the kids 'marketing' concepts while also selling them floor cleaner. Good grief. bottom line is that the kids got their way, I'm out 15 bucks for it, and the book isn't even good. Let my statement stand for the record: really good kids books sell themselves, and never should public school time be pawned off to travelling salesman pushing their wares off on children. Any parent ought to resent the direct pressure put on children and their parents by this kind of invasive marketing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2008

    extra cute

    I really liked it, what can I say? still a kid at heart I guess. Tons of fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2008

    Raymond and Graham Rule the School

    Perfect for my third grader who reads at a fifth grade level. I was nervous getting this book for my daughter, with two boys as the main characters. My daughter is 9 years old has gone through the Junie B. Jones First Grader series. She is a good reader and we've been looking for something a little longer, but not too advanced. She loved it. I read the first few chapters with her and we both laughed and laughed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2008

    funny but lacking imho

    My boy came home from school last year demanding a copy of this book. It seems the author had visited his school. So we bought the book and There are some pretty good comic moments, but what concerns me about books like this is that they don't really teach kids anything of lasting value. There's just no enduring message here. Sort of like an episode of Hannah Montana. Just a meaningless half hour of entertainment. I'd personally rather have my kids reading Bridge to Terabithia, Because of Winn Dixie, or any number of true, time-tested children's classics that have a lesson to teach. It seems publishers are most inclined to publish books of entertainment value rather than true quality these days. Just my opinion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2008

    Raymond and Graham Rule the School

    In the never ending search for books that will inspire my 10 year old to read, this book was recommended to me by an elementary librarian friend. Not only did my son enjoy it, he is counting down the days until the sequel comes out in a few weeks. I read it first to make sure it was appropriate. I found it to be a fun, entertaining story with real life situations that my son could relate to. It is rare to find a book that will hold a 10 year old's interest and leave him wanting more. I give it a strong recommendation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2008

    Raymond and Graham Rule!

    I read this book to a class of third and fourth graders, mostly boys. I had no idea that the students, the aides, the teacher and I would all enjoy it so much. There were days when we could not stop laughing. I think it is one of the all-time funniest books for children I have ever read. I would definitely put it in the top three. I taught elementary school for twenty years and also spent many, many hours reading to my daughter, so this rating comes from someone who had read lots of great and not- so-great books. Everybody-- the 8-10 year old students and the 30-60 year-old adults-- loved the chapter about the unibrow most of all. Just thinking of it makes me laugh. As you can see from the age range of the people in the classroom while I was reading the book, the authors successfully appeal to a very wide audience. I am delighted to see that Mike Knudson is coming out with a second book in early Sept. I can't wait to share it with my class. I hope he realizes how much the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students 'especially boys' of America need Raymond and Graham to keep us laughing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2008

    Raymond and Graham Rule the School

    This is just plain funny. These two characters'fourth grade boys' expect to have the best year ever, as they are now the oldest kids in the school. Then school begins and their lives go nothing like they expect. It is written in the wonderful voice of a fourth grader. Their experiences and perception of teachers, parents, and the opposite sex brought me back to my own childhood. I bought this for my third grade son. We read together and finished all 120+ pages in two sittings. I've had a difficult time finding books that will keep him interested. This was a gem.

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