Smartypants (Pete In School)

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Having a dog in class is always a clue that it's going to be an interesting day, especially when the dog in question-and the one with all the answers-is the insatiable canine gourmand Pete, last seen munching everything from jellybeans to underwear on his way through the alphabet in What Pete Ate from A-Z.

Poppy Wise has mixed feelings about school and her teachers have mixed feelings about her dog, Pete. Pete wreaks havoc in math; causes chaos in science (Mrs. Magma has a ...

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Overview

Having a dog in class is always a clue that it's going to be an interesting day, especially when the dog in question-and the one with all the answers-is the insatiable canine gourmand Pete, last seen munching everything from jellybeans to underwear on his way through the alphabet in What Pete Ate from A-Z.

Poppy Wise has mixed feelings about school and her teachers have mixed feelings about her dog, Pete. Pete wreaks havoc in math; causes chaos in science (Mrs. Magma has a meltdown when he swallows her microscope!); and is a star in art (Miss Crumple finds Pete colorful when he eats all the crayons). As Pete gets his fill of knowledge, he also serves as an impetus for learning rules are made to be broken and there is no end to learning. This new adventure is sure to be another "giggly meal for readers who relish ridiculousness, randomness, rambunctiousness and alliteration."-Time Out New York

When Pete the dog, who has an insatiable appetite, arrives at school he and his owner are sent to the principal's office, where he devours a set of encyclopedias and is suddenly able to speak and answer any question.

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Editorial Reviews

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Maira Kalman's mischievous tail-wagger with the unparalleled zest for eating makes an especially studious -- and totally hilarious -- comeback in this follow-up to What Pete Ate from A-Z.

Although pets have been banned from Poppy Wise's school since Judy the snake was lost and "everyone went nuts," that rule isn't going to keep Pete away. During Mr. Spitzer's math class, the hungry pooch scrambles in, "and before you could say quadratic equation," much of the classroom has been snarfed up along with the science teacher's equipment, Miss Crumple's crayons for art class, and Mr. Moosebrugger's orchestra instruments. Pete gets banished to the principal's office, and after he devours a 26-volume encyclopedia, the pooch soon begins spouting off phrases on a par with Spinoza. Cleverly, Poppy and her brother disguise Pete as "Pearl Buttonweiser" and sneak him back into school, where the dog's recitations of Gertrude Stein poems and his apology to the principal wind up making him the class's top dog.

With her signature artwork that spins a Chagall-like imagination into a wacky tale all her own, Kalman serves up a picture book to whet any reader's appetite for fun. Pete is one dog with pizzazz, and kids will have a howling good time as they see his wry expressions and hunt for verbal and visual treasures on every page. As usual, the author sets the example for picture book sophistication that's both accessible and winning. Matt Warner

The New York Times
Irreverently sophisticated yet endearing, in Kalman's distinctive style, Smartypants is silly, funny and smart. The informal yet skillful illustrations incorporate visual jokes and asides from minor characters, which add to the fun. Younger children will particularly enjoy many of the slapstick aspects but, because of the dry wit and the tongue-in-cheek jokes, Smartypants may find an audience among middle-grade children as well. — Marigny Dupuy
Publishers Weekly
In this whimsical sequel to What Pete Ate, from A-Z, Pete the dog makes like Mary's little lamb and follows his owner to school. Poppy Wise, the girl who casually reports on Pete's antics, is in math class with "Mr. Grompi Spitzer, the gribbliest teacher on earth, [when] in ran Pete... and before you could say quadratic equation, he ate the blackboard, the fractions in a box marked fractions and Mr. Spitzer's pants." Poppy's apoplectic teachers, including a "boiling mad" science instructor, Miss Magma, are "agog at a dog running amok and causing havoc." They send the innocent-looking terrier to the principal's office, where he gobbles up a 26-volume encyclopedia. Pete experiences a transformation familiar to fans of Susan Meddaugh's Martha books: the encyclopedia enables him to speak eruditely on any subject. The next day, he recites a selection from Gertrude Stein to Poppy's English class, before digesting the books and losing the power of speech. Kalman's bubbly wordplay and choppy, conversational sentences convey the hilarity of Pete's unannounced visit, and her comical gouache portraits of the teachers make light of intellectual pretensions. Warmly lit classroom and living room settings, in tangy shades of sweet-potato orange, curry yellow and leafy green, recall Matisse's paintings of interiors in Southern France or Pierre Bonnard's luscious canvases. Although the plot twist comes as no surprise-surely Pete does more than just eat things-Kalman's inimitable verve comes through in the sly text and illustrations. Ages 5-up. (July) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
REVIEWTEXT: A whimsical tale about a girl's adventures with her dog, Pete, this book is entertaining for readers young and old. Poppywise and her brother Mookie have a great family dog who likes to eat everything, especially what he shouldn't eat. Pete starts with eating an accordion and goes through the entire alphabet but that is only part of the story. Poppywise is enduring another day at school including the nervous math teacher when in runs Pete. He eats fractions and the teacher's pants before he gets to Miss Magma's science class. The art teacher, Miss Crumple, is a little more understanding of Pete's shenanigans since there are no rules in art class. When Pete is sent to the principal's office there are many choices, but he decides to eat the 26-volume encyclopedia. That night he is able to help Poppywise and Mookie with their homework and they welcome him into the school. How will this tale end? There is even a pop quiz at the end. A great use of the alphabet inspiring creativity for readers this book also includes fanciful artwork.
—Michele Wilbur
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-Pete the dog eats everything-he devours TV remotes, musical instruments, blackboards, the math teacher's pants, and entire sets of encyclopedias. "I ate the encyclopedia, and I am REALLY smart," he said after he spent the day in school with his owner, in violation of the No Pets rule. On that day, he was able to talk and help the Wise children with their homework. But once the encyclopedia was "digested," he went back to being plain old Pete. Maira Kalman's book (Putnam, 2003) is a quirky school story set to bouncy music. The tale is related by Poppy Wise, Pete's owner, and the female narrator provides a lively reading. Her voice is perfect for the little girl and the other characters. Some animation has been added to the artwork, making this title a delight to the eye as well as the ear. Kids will laugh out loud while watching this fun video.-Marilyn Hersh, Hillside Elementary School, Farmington Hills, MI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A delightful, cleverly written combination of wackiness and academia. When Poppywise's dog Pete (who always eats everything in sight, as noted in What Pete Ate from A-Z [2001]) sneaks into school, the result is inevitable: he gobbles up not just an entire orchestra's instruments and "the fractions in a box marked fractions," but also a 26-volume encyclopedia. Soon he's using words like "ergo" and "empirically" and explaining gravity and light bulbs. It's temporary, but that's okay; the best thing happening here is not Pete's new talent but the luscious spattering of real subjects (Gertrude Stein, trapezoids, gerunds, The Bill of Rights) into the story. It's interesting how successful the illustrations are-colorful, energetic, and varied-considering the absence of technical drawing skills. The humor and details won't work for group readings, but this is an excellent choice for early readers to try on their own or with a playful adult. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399234781
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 562,229
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 11.27 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Maira Kalman

In her own words: "born. bucolic childhood. culture-stuffed adolescence. played piano. stopped. danced. stopped. wrote. discarded writing. drew. reinstated writing. married Tibor Kalman and collaborated at iconoclastic yet successful design studio. wrote and painted children's books. worried. took up Ping-Pong. relaxed. wrote and painted for many magazines.  cofounded the Rubber Band Society. amused. children: two. dog: one."
In her own words: "born. bucolic childhood. culture-stuffed adolescence. played piano. stopped. danced. stopped. wrote. discarded writing. drew. reinstated writing. married Tibor Kalman and collaborated at iconoclastic yet successful design studio. wrote and painted children's books. worried. took up Ping-Pong. relaxed. wrote and painted for many magazines.  cofounded the Rubber Band Society. amused. children: two. dog: one."

Biography

Maira Kalman is an award-winning artist, illustrator, and product designer. She has illustrated numerous covers for The New Yorker magazine and has written and illustrated more than a dozen children's books. Her articles and illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Interview, and many other publications. Kalman has designed products for the Museum of Modern Art under the M&Co. label, fabric for Isaac Mizrahi, accessories for Kate Spade, and sets for Mark Morris Dance Group. A teacher of graduate design at the School of Visual Arts, she lives in New York with her two children and a dog.

Author biography courtesy of the New York Public Library.

Good To Know

Kalman told us that she is the co-founder of the Rubber Band Society, is looking for a job in a café, adores ping-pong, and is very, very neat.

"My short attention span has allowed me a life of diversity in work and place, Kalman explains. "I work for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and other publications. I design products for The Museum of Modern Art. I design fabrics, and accessories for Kate Spade, fabric for Isaac Mizrahi."

"I travel as much as I can without being miserable from jet lag," she reveals. "I always remember that I don't really know what I am doing, and armed with that knowledge am very sure of myself."

Kalman reflects, "I consider my work to be about humor and love of life, and can do that when I am not terrified, which is often, but there you go."

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    1. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 15, 1949
    2. Place of Birth:
      Tel Aviv, Israel
    1. Education:
      New York University, 1967-70
    2. Website:

Read an Excerpt

Smarty Pants

(Pete in School)
By Maira Kalman

G. P. Putnam's Sons

Copyright © 2003 MAIRA KALMAN All right reserved. ISBN: 0-399-23478-0

 


<h4> Chapter One</h4> My Name is
Poppywise.

This is
my Brother
Mookie,
who I sometimes call
Shmookie Scalandroopy.

And this is our Dog,
PETE.

A Wonderful Dog.
Who wonders about
only One Thing.
Eating what
He
Should
NOT.
He already Ate

an Accordion
(all of it)

Mookie's Stinky sneaker
AND
The underpants of
my uncle Rocky.
UGGH!

But it did not stop there.

HE ATE THE REMOTE CONTROL
AND WE HAD TO PRESS HIS
STOMACH TO TURN THE CHANNELS.

And on Summer vacation
when we went to visit
the WORLD'S LARGEST CHEESE, he ATE it!
He is incorrigible. He is Pete.


Now the Sweet Summer is over.
I must climb down from my Leafy Tree
and Go to School.

SCHOOL.
You never know
when you will be STUPID
in front of the WHOLE CLASS
(and someone will whisper, "WHAT an IDIOT").
You Never Know when Someone
will Laugh at the UGLY Sweater
your AUNT Sent you.
And you NEVER know when there will
Be a POP QUIZ
But You Know There
will be one and you think,
I HATE
SCHOOL!

But Then Something
WONDERFUL happens
Like You Win the
Punchball Game or
You understand Long Division
or You write a Story with
Absolutely No Spelling
Mistakes and the Teacher
writes BRAVO or
it's FRIDAY and you get
ICE CREAM for Lunch
and you Get that
TINGLY MELTY
Feeling and
Then you think,
I LOVE
SCHOOL!

Mookie and I walk to
School with Doreen Parsley
and Butch Barker, who
Kicks His Lucky Pebble
All the way
To School.

The pebble waits
patiently in Butch's Pocket
until School is out.

The pebble enlarged 10x
Pete stays home alone.
WHY?
Once, During Show-and-Tell, Butch
Brought his Snake, Judy. Judy Slithered
away and Couldn't Be Found.

Everyone went NUTS.
(They Found Judy curled up in Doreen's Boot. UGGH.)
Since then the Rule is No Pets in School.
There are Rules for Everything in School.
Sometime they make you want to Yell at Somebody.

But Never at Miss Honeybee.
Miss Edwina HoneyBee is our Principal.
She has Bouncy Hair and a
Little Songbird
Named
Milton.

(Milton is not
A Pet. He is A
Milton.)

Miss HoneyBee
is a Honey.
She says things
Like
"Mistakes
Bring Good"
and
"CHIN
UP"

Speaking of Math (not), our Teacher is
Mr. Grompi Spitzer,
The Gribbliest
Teacher on
EARTH.
He Lost His
Patience in a suitcase
in Topeka,
and Now
when He is
Nervous,
His Hair
Twitches
and his
Nostrils
Get
HUGE.

We are Studying INFINITY, which
is the Longest thing you can never see the
End of Because it has NO END (like this math class).


Mr. Spitzer asks an
IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION.

If you know
the
Answer
(Like
Mookie
the Math
WHIZ),
You Wave Your
hand Frantically
and say,
"OOH. OOH OOH
pick ME."

BUT, If you have not done a stitch of Work (like Poppy not so Wise) and

Don't want to be called on, you must
AVOID EYE CONTACT
at all Costs and Start Sharpening your
Pencils with Frantic Fervor,

which is what I was doing when There was a
Medium-sized Rumpus, and
in Ran
Pete
(who was
Lonely at Home)
and Before
you could say
Quadratic
Equation,
he ate
the
BLACKBOARD
the
FRACTIONS
in a box marked
Fractions
AND
MR. SPITZER'S
PANTS.

Mr. Spitzer was Not Happy
and VERY ANGRY and
10X10 Furious
(which is
100%
FURIOUS).
(Continues...)
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<blockquote><hr> Excerpted from Smarty Pants by Maira Kalman
Copyright © 2003 by MAIRA KALMAN
Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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