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Spider Storch's Music Mess
     

Spider Storch's Music Mess

by Gina Willner-Pardo, Nick Sharratt (Illustrator)
 

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Joey "Spider" Storch is at it again. This time he's got problems in his music class. Since there are no tubas left, Joey must play the flute--with two girls!

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Joey "Spider" Storch is at it again. This time he's got problems in his music class. Since there are no tubas left, Joey must play the flute--with two girls!

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Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
All third-graders take Music for Beginners. Spider Storch and his buddies decide that tubas are cool. Unfortunately, there is only one tuba, so Spider gets stuck with the flute. Everyone knows only girls play the flute! Now everyone calls him "twinkletoes," and he has another problem-whenever he plays the flute he gets goosebumps. The only solution he sees is to get thrown out of Music for Beginners. If anyone can get himself thrown out of class, it's Spider Storch. Finally he succeeds, but soon wishes he hadn't. Another amusing chapter book featuring the irrepressible Joseph Wolfgang ("Spider") Storch.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-3-Third grader Joey (a.k.a. "Spider") Storch tends to act without thinking and has to deal with the often humorous consequences. In Field Trip, he resolves to behave on a class visit to an aquarium. He enjoys animals and, besides, he doesn't want to be sent back to the bus where the driver is rumored to keep dead squirrels under the seat. However, at the hands-on exhibit, Spider tries to prevent a girl from dropping a sea cucumber and falls into the tide pool himself. Exiled to the bus, he finds that the driver is actually a friendly guy. Stuck playing the flute (flutes are "what girls played") in Music, Spider campaigns to get thrown out of class. He tries coming in late, using his instrument like a machine gun and a baseball bat, and even taking off his smelly sneakers in the middle of practice. He finally succeeds in getting bounced, but finds that he misses the music. When plans emerge for the spring concert, Spider has to convince the teacher that he is responsible enough to take part. The action in both books is funny and fast moving and the spirited first-person narration is right on target. Transitional readers seeking chapter books will enjoy getting to know Spider.-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807575840
Publisher:
Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
5.27(w) x 7.63(h) x 0.35(d)
Lexile:
510L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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