Children's Literature - Michelle H. MartinScott, the third of four children, and Andy, an only child, are friends and next door neighbors. During their first grade year, Andy's mother taught him at home while their house was being built; as a result, Andy has no idea how to negotiate the social aspects of second grade. Getting into trouble four times during his first week in second grade, Andy has to call his Mom to admit his transgressions. One more bad week and he will be demoted to the first grade where kids learn how to follow the rules. With a little help from his friend Scott, Andy makes it through his second week and earns "the most improved student" award. As an early chapter book, Spoiled Rotten not only provides entertaining reading, but it also demonstrates to young readers the importance that socialization plays in school. Furthermore, Scott's belief in Andy's ability to change his behavior sends a positive message about teamwork and friendship.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 1-3Andy and Scott are new neighbors, and as the boys play together, it becomes obvious that Andy is used to getting his own way. An only child who up to now has been home schooled, he is pushy, indulged, and temperamental. Andy's first week of second grade in a public school is a real struggle as he must get used to all of the rules and the fact that other children need the teacher's attention. The boys come up with a plan to help Andy know when he is doing something inappropriate. In the end, he succeeds and is allowed to stay in the second grade. This amusing story will hit home with many young readers. The message is bibliotherapeutic and the illustrations are simple and amusing. This is an excellent choice for newly independent readers, but will also be popular with teachers looking for a selection to read aloud to younger students.William C. Heckman, Lake Forest Elementary, Hollywood, FL
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