The Big Blueberry Barf-Off! (Rotten School Series #1)

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Bernie Bridges Rules the School!

He convinced the cafeteria lady that a Milky Way bar is a vegetable.

He got the coach to make giving wedgies an offical school sport.

Bernie always has a plan.

But how will he get spoiled rich kid Sherman Oaks to give him his watch—the one ...

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Overview

Bernie Bridges Rules the School!

He convinced the cafeteria lady that a Milky Way bar is a vegetable.

He got the coach to make giving wedgies an offical school sport.

Bernie always has a plan.

But how will he get spoiled rich kid Sherman Oaks to give him his watch—the one that tells time, plays DVDs, and pops popcorn?

Hint: It involves a contest, 25 blueberry pies, and a gallon of barf!

Warning! Don't read this book after lunch!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With a cast of characters who prefer tricks to treats, R.L. Stine kicks off the paper-over-board Rotten School series: #1 The Big Blueberry Barf-Off! and #2 The Great Smelling Bee, illus. by Trip Park (see Children's Audio below). Park's madcap cartoons of freckle-face, bespectacled narrator Bernie Bridges (aka "Big B") and his buds Belzer, Feenman and Crench combined with Stine's wacky dialogue result in a kind of Fat Albert dynamics that will make kids want to visit this boarding school again and again. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
A boarding school series, "Rotten School" provides middle readers with an egotistical but, nevertheless, likeable antihero, Bernie Bridges. In this novel, fourth-grader Bernie schemes to win his arch rival's watch. What makes Bernie popular with his dorm mates in Rotten House is his ability to make their school life better. By this book, he has already convinced the cook to accept a Milky Way as a vegetable, the headmaster to make Game Boys a school supply, and the coach to make Giving Wedgies a school sport. Now Bernie plans a pie-eating contest between Rotten House and Nyce House, where Sherman Oaks—with his new solid-gold watch with forty-two functions—resides. But Sherman is not the nice guy that his house name suggests; he plays some dirty tricks of his own. Plus, Bernie must convince the cooking-class teacher to have twenty-five blueberry pies made. The ultimate conniver, Bernie leads his house to victory and wins the watch. Yet, in a final turn of fate, he must give it up, along with the girl of his dreams. There will surely be other contests to rival this one, with its middle-grade humor of towel slapping, hair shaving, belching, and barfing. Though caricature, the illustrations are right on target to reveal a life where crazy kids rule by outsmarting their easily-fooled teachers. Studying does not seem to get in the way of raucous fun at Rotten School. 2005, A Parachute Press Book/HarperCollins Publishers, and Ages 8 to 12.
—Carol Raker Collins, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060785888
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/18/2008
  • Series: Rotten School Series , #1
  • Pages: 109
  • Sales rank: 166,929
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

R. L. Stine

R.L. Stine began his writing career at the age of nine and has been at it ever since, becoming a bestselling author several times over. Among his many groundbreaking credits are Fear Street, the first young adult horror series, and Goosebumps, the bestselling series that made Stine the #1 bestselling author in America for three years in a row. He lives with his wife in New York City.

Trip Park grew up in Ithaca, New York, and went to college at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was first drawn to advertising. He then moved to Chicago, later New York, where he joined advertising agencies and worked on kids’ favorites including Cap’n Crunch, Gatorade, Kellogg’s, and Ronald McDonald. His children’s commercials have won numerous awards. But advertising also brought something equally as rewarding. There he got to work with some of his favorite illustrators. Watching these artists create their pieces inspired Trip Park to try his hand at illustrating himself.

Trip Park has illustrated a number of children's books including Gopher Up Your Sleeve, written by Tony Johnston, Trout, Trout, Trout! (A Fish Chant) and Ant, Ant, Ant! (An Insect Chant), both written by April Pulley Sayre. He has also developed characters and helped animate commercials for Nickelodeon, The California State Fair, Lego, and many others. When Rotten School came along, the opportunity to translate to the drawing board R.L. Stine’s cast of kids was a wonderful chance to combine his love for children’s illustration with this group of rotten students. His work can be seen at www.tripparkproductions.com.

Trip lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laura and four children.

Biography

Goosebumps cast a spell upon children by transforming even the most reluctant students into avid readers. Despite the fact that almost every book has a different collection of characters, the series has one common element that kids can't get enough of: the author!

However believable his plots seem to his readers, Stine insists he has never lived one of his stories. "I've never turned into a bee -- I've never been chased by a mummy or met a ghost. But many of the ideas in my books are suggested by real life. For example, one Halloween my son, Matt, put a mask on and then had trouble pulling it off. That gave me the idea for The Haunted Mask."

Although he never experienced terror first hand, he did enjoy reading about it. "When I was a kid, there were these great comic books called Tales From The Crypt and The Vault of Horror. They were gruesome. I discovered them in the barbershop and thought they were fabulous. I used to get a haircut every Saturday so I wouldn't miss any of these comic books. I had no hair at all when I was a kid!"

His ideas came from two sources: his memory and his imagination. "When I write, I try to think back to what I was afraid of or what was scary to me, and try to put those feelings into books." He also keeps a tribal mask and a skeleton hanging in his writing studio to provide eerie surroundings. Although he handles the writing by himself, Stine says he gets "lots of help from my editors, my readers, and my friends."

Kids reading Goosebumps may be looking for a scare, but the laughs they get are no accident. Before he was R. L., he was Jovial Bob, author of such works as 101 Silly Monster Jokes, and Bozos on Patrol and editor of Bananas magazine. His ability to know what kids will laugh at , as well as what will frighten them, makes the Goosebumps series all the more enjoyable for his readers.

Stine started writing when he was 9 years old! He would write stories and jokes on an old typewriter and hand them out at school. "The teacher would grab them and take them away," Stine says, "but I kept doing it." He wrote for his high school newspaper in Columbus Ohio. After graduating from Ohio State University, he moved to New York City, where he worked on a variety of writing jobs.

Although his books are fun and exciting, writing them is serious stuff. He treats writing "...like a job." To unwind after work he enjoys playing the pinball machine conveniently located in his own apartment.

For aspiring authors, Stine feels reading is as important as writing. He offers this advice: "If you want to be a writer, don't worry so much about writing. Read as much as you can. Read as many different writers as you can. Soak up the styles. You can learn all kinds of ways to say things." As a boy he read Norse legends, Greek myths, Edgar Allan Poe and baseball stories. "And Mad Magazine changed my life." Author biography courtesy of Scholastic, Inc.

Good To Know

In our interview with Stine, he shared some fun and fascinating facts with us:

"My first job in New York was making up fake interviews with movie and TV stars for a group of six movie magazines. I never spoke to the stars I wrote about. I wrote three-to-four "interviews" a day, all out of my imagination."

"'I've written over 300 books but I never learned to type. I use only one finger, the pointer on my left hand -- that's all. Three hundred books on one finger! The finger is very ugly now -- completely bent and curled and callused. When I show it to audiences, they can't believe it! This is my sacrifice for my art!"

"Sometimes kids show up at my country house and ask if my son Matt can come out and play. That's because they saw him mentioned in the back of my books. But they're very disappointed when he comes to the door -- because Matt is in his mid-twenties now! They were reading very old books! Matt is a musician, composer, and sound designer. You can hear his music at my web site, www.rlstine.com."

"I hope my readers get a chance to see my 4-D movie, R. L. Stine's Haunted Lighthouse. The movie stars Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Lea Thompson, Weird Al, and others. You can find it playing at four parks: SeaWorld San Antonio, SeaWorld San Diego, Busch Gardens Tampa, and Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Virginia. Watch out -- you might get very wet!"

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    1. Also Known As:
      Robert Lawrence Stine; Jovial Bob Stine
    2. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 8, 1943
    2. Place of Birth:
      Columbus, Ohio
    1. Education:
      B.A., Ohio State University, 1965
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    highly recommended! please read

    I’m going to be talking about the book “Rotten School.”

    The book starts out when the children are in school. They walk down the halls and the morning announcements come on telling them about the rules and what will be going on that week. There was this kid named Bernie B and he liked this girl named April may June, but she didn’t like him because she like the rich kid with the shine watch that did 42 different things. Bernie was jealous so he came up with an Idea to get that watch. He asked the rich kid if he was in on it and he agreed to it so they picked each other’s players. The rich kid didn’t like the idea at first but then he overheard a conversation that was ment for him to hear to get him to agree to the contest. The rich kid agreed to the contest and picked Bernie’s friend Beast that they acted like he was allergic to blueberry pie but he really wasn’t. Bernie picked the cool kid on the rich kid’s side, but now they had to figure out a way to get the pies. Bernie went to the cooking teacher and told her his mom won’t be there on his birthday and his mom always bakes him a blueberry pie. The cooking teacher felt sorry for him and had every kid in her class bake a pie. When it was time to go to lunch then walked to the cooking room and started there pie contest.

    In my opinion about this book is that I thought this book was very funny, silly, and interesting. This is a book that I enjoyed reading and will probably read again someday.

    This book is all about jealousy then ends in a good way.


    I think this is a funny book you should read it sometime.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2014

    Rotten school book

    This book is interested , funny , awesome and nice and cool

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    Ewwwwwwwwwwwwww

    This book is realy grosssss

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    Washing D C

    I love rotten school books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    Omg i ust Omg i was almay but now omg

    Omg this book is one i will never forget i want to share it with everyone:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    Amazing

    They r so good im going to reread them!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2012

    No dip its awesome

    R. L. STINE IT THE BEST I HAVE BEEN READING HIS BOOKS SINCE I WAS 7 IM 13NOT AND THEY STILL MAKE ME SAY EWW GROSS AND LAUGH ALOT

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    Hey its me again

    Rotten School is amazing even though i have only read one book tomorrow is the last day of library i couldnt check it out but srill

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2012

    I love R.L Stine books!!!!!!!!!

    I love these books! They are sooooo funny! And l enjoy them a lot!!! These books should be highly recomended. Great for school reports. Enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    Sweet!

    Im a girl and i luv this. And im 10!!!!!":) :)

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  • Posted September 29, 2011

    AWESOME

    Good book bad name

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2011

    Great

    Im a girl and i love this seiries im 9 L

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  • Posted February 15, 2009

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    gross boy humor...my 8 yr old son loved it.

    It is easy to read and is geared for boys.

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