School Fever

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A kid's-eye view of school, crammed with enough funny to fill a big yellow bus!

Snappy and hilarious in true Brod Bagert style, these goofy poems are united by their kid authenticity and quirky school themes. From a computer virus that one kid claims is sure to keep him homesick until summer vacation, to the librarian who tames "the savage beast" (a mouse run amok in the library), to a superhero recruited to scare off the school bully, this is most definitely not your typical ...

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Overview

A kid's-eye view of school, crammed with enough funny to fill a big yellow bus!

Snappy and hilarious in true Brod Bagert style, these goofy poems are united by their kid authenticity and quirky school themes. From a computer virus that one kid claims is sure to keep him homesick until summer vacation, to the librarian who tames "the savage beast" (a mouse run amok in the library), to a superhero recruited to scare off the school bully, this is most definitely not your typical poetry collection. Robert Neubecker's bright, dynamic artwork propels each poem into another stratosphere of funny. By the end, kids will have contracted a different strain of school fever altogether.

"Kids will appreciate the humor and will see themselves in the high-energy narrator"—Booklist

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School Library Journal

Gr 1-3- The 21 poems in this collection chronicle a boy's school year. The book begins with "School Fever," when he claims that he has to stay home due to a computer virus ("I was on a school computer/And it played a dirty trick,/It zapped me with a virus/And I feel a little sick"). The last poem shows the start of summer vacation, when he realizes how much he's learned throughout the year ("Nine whole months of learning/It's been an awesome year,/And I'm headed for a future/I no longer have to fear"). These two examples show both the book's strengths (in the first one, a breezy humor and fresh eye) and weaknesses (an adult didacticism in the last one). In between, there are poems about a crush on his teacher, a mouse in the school library, and wishing a superhero would rescue him from a bully. Most of them read aloud well, although occasionally Bagert resorts to padded language to make the rhythm work (for instance, in "The Savage Beast," the librarian, "...read with great expression,/Her voice was really dramatic"). The colorful pictures have bold lines, comic exaggeration, and an effective simplicity that match the verses well. A bit of a mixed bag, this book is not as entirely successful as Carol Shields's Lunch Money: And Other Poems about School (Dutton, 1995).-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL

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A tiresome collection of forced verse follows one young scholar from a reluctant beginning through a school year full of the usual hijinks and out on the other side to summer and the entirely unconvincing assertion that "I'm a kid who loves to know!" The verse adheres to the same-old-stuff meter and rhyme schemes that typify children's poetry, enlivened only slightly by Neubecker's characteristically energetic illustrations. The occasional insight-"When I make my teacher angry, / Her attention's all on me"-is buried under a heap of school-related cliches: bad cafeteria food, the wonder of books, the injustice of punishment, too much homework, etc. Ho hum. (Picture book. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803732018
  • Publisher: Dial
  • Publication date: 7/3/2008
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Brod Bagert (www.brodbagert.com) is the author of many books of poetry for children and adults, including Giant Children (illustrated by Todd Arnold) and Shout! (illustrated by Sachiko Yoshikawa). He lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Robert Neubecker (neubecker.com) is the author and illustrator of several award-winning books for kids, including the Wow! series. His art can be found in publications such as the Los Angeles Times, Business Week, Time, The Wall Street Journal, and the online magazine Slate.com. He lives in Park City, Utah.

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