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The Dunderheads Behind Bars

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Everyone's favorite underdogs are back! Can they land work on a movie set — and foil a cat burglar — with their unusual and motley skills?

School is out for the summer, and the Dunderheads are finally rid of the awful Miss Breakbone. Or so they thought! Teen star Ashley Throbb-Hart is shooting a movie nearby, and who should show up as an extra but their formidable former teacher! She's not the only Breakbone on the scene, either; after a string of burglaries strikes town, Miss ...

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Overview

Everyone's favorite underdogs are back! Can they land work on a movie set — and foil a cat burglar — with their unusual and motley skills?

School is out for the summer, and the Dunderheads are finally rid of the awful Miss Breakbone. Or so they thought! Teen star Ashley Throbb-Hart is shooting a movie nearby, and who should show up as an extra but their formidable former teacher! She's not the only Breakbone on the scene, either; after a string of burglaries strikes town, Miss Breakbone steers her barrel-chested brother, Police Chief Breakbone, toward those meddling, good-for-nothing Dunderheads. And when Spider ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time, the blowhard chief has all the evidence he needs to lock him up. Can Einstein, Wheels, Nails, Spitball, Google-Eyes, Clips, Junkyard, Pencil, and Hollywood combine their talents to catch the real criminal before they join their friend behind bars? Newbery Medalist Paul Fleischman and illustrator David Roberts reunite for a delightfully triumphant sequel to The Dunderheads.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
One of the Dunderheads’ own has been framed for robbery in this smart sequel to 2009’s The Dunderheads, which has all of the dark, dry comedy of its predecessor. In this Hollywood-inflected outing, the gang of uniquely talented children gets cast as extras in a movie that’s filming in town (so does their nemesis, the brutish Miss Breakbone, who makes a horrifying cameo in a dress resembling Marilyn Monroe’s in The Seven Year Itch). But when Spider, a skilled climber, is arrested for allegedly stealing a necklace, it takes the entire group’s efforts to clear his name. Fleischman and Roberts work in perfect synch to deliver a noirish mystery that’s as delightfully eccentric as the kids themselves. Ages 6–10. (Apr.)
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Fleischman and Roberts work in perfect synch to deliver a noirish mystery that’s as delightfully eccentric as the kids themselves.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The wry, economical text works in seamless partnership with the stylized, one-of-a-kind watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations to move the zippy story line forward...The Dunderheads might be "half-pint hooligans" or underestimated budding geniuses, but either way young readers will surely line up in droves for this winning gang’s latest adventure.
—School Library Journal (starred review)

The Dunderheads are back in another amusing caper that’s sure to please fans of their earlier exploits (THE DUNDERHEADS, 2009)... Readers of all ages will enjoy poring over the pages to find the hidden humor. Delightfully smart and deliciously funny—don’t miss it.
—Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
School has ended for the year and the Dunderheads, those loveable misfits, are excited to be free of their tyrannical teacher, Miss Breakbone. When Einstein, Spider, and Hollywood head downtown to sign up as extras for Ashley Throbb-Hart's new movie, who should be ahead of them in line, looking like a brick wall, other than Miss Breakbone herself. They all get small roles but when one of their own, Spider, lands in jail accused of a crime he did not commit, the Dunderheads swing into action. Their nemesis in the jail is Breakbone's brother Officer Breakbone and he is as mean and cruel as his sister. Each of the Dunderheads uses his special skill to come up with an ingenious plan to catch the real jewel thief. Pencil creates a diversion poster, Wheels gets the posters out, Junkyard scouts the alley for a battered jewelry box to use as bait, Clips makes an incredible chain to follow the robber, and they use Nails' long fingernails to break into the decoy house. Just when it appears that all is doomed to failure, Google-Eyes and Spitball's dog tracks down the real culprits and the Dunderheads are off the hook. The Dunderheads Behind Bars has the exaggerated, bizarre humor that sends third and fourth graders into fits of giggles. Parents may object to the cruelty of Miss Breakbone and her brother but it is all in good fun. The clever kids, each with a unique talent are quite likeable. Energetic, witty watercolor illustrations complete this picture book for the older crowd. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—Readers will cheer the return of the Dunderheads, that subversive and exuberant mixed bag of kids named for their unique aptitudes—e.g., Einstein, Wheels, Junkyard, etc. The gang is thrilled to start summer vacation and escape the clutches of their ghastly teacher, Miss Breakbone. But hiring on as extras for a movie starring their favorite actress, Ashley Throbb-Hart, they discover, miserably, that their detestable teacher has done the same. ("I thought she toured with the Women's Wrestling League in the summer," moans Nails.) Meanwhile, a cat burglar is breaking into local homes, and Miss Breakbone spitefully accuses Spider, with his talent for climbing, of being the thief. With him behind bars (the police chief is Miss Breakbone's brother—and alter ego), the Dunderheads go into all-hands-on-deck mode to hatch an ingenious Rube Goldberg-like scheme to snare the real criminal and spring their friend from jail. The wry, economical text works in seamless partnership with the stylized, one-of-a-kind watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations to move the zippy story line forward. The characters' singular personalities and intelligence shine in the quirky details of their clothing and the telling minutiae surrounding them in their homes (not a computer screen in sight but plenty of games, microscopes, and measuring devices). The Dunderheads might be "half-pint hooligans" or underestimated budding geniuses, but either way young readers will surely line up in droves for this winning gang's latest adventure.—Kathleen Finn, St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski, VT
Kirkus Reviews
The Dunderheads are back in another amusing caper that's sure to please fans of their earlier exploits (The Dunderheads, 2009). Once again, Einstein narrates with tongue-in-cheek, deadpan humor. Along with his friends, he expects the last day of school to mean that they are rid of their nemesis/teacher, the evil Miss Breakbone. Sadly, they are wrong. Children and teacher alike try out for roles as extras in a film and find themselves together again. Worse, Miss Breakbone fingers Spider as a thief when a cat burglar strikes. Einstein, of course, comes up with the perfect plan to capture the real thief, capitalizing as before on his friends' varied interests and abilities. Unfortunately, his plan falls through, and all of the kids wind up in the poky. How they succeed in solving the crimes and turning the tables on their arch enemy, Miss Breakbone, strains credibility but entertains all the same. It's not as though credibility is the point, after all. At least half the fun comes from Roberts' clever illustrations, created in watercolor, pen and ink. As before, each Dunderhead's appearance reveals his or her individuality; new characters are equally clearly limned. Some sly references might go over the heads of the intended audience (don't miss Liza as Sally Bowles in the line-up of aspiring extras), but readers of all ages will enjoy poring over the pages to find the hidden humor. Delightfully smart and deliciously funny--don't miss it. (Fiction. 7-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763645434
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 4/10/2012
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 810,573
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: AD430L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.58 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Fleischman won the Newbery Medal for Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices and a Newbery Honor for Graven Images. Among his award-winning picture books are Sidewalk Circus and Weslandia, both illustrated by Kevin Hawkes; The Animal Hedge, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline; and The Dunderheads, for which he won the PEN Literary Award. Paul Fleischman lives in Aromas, California.

David Roberts is the author-illustrator of the Bertie Books and the illustrator of many books for children, including The Dumpster Diver by Janet S. Wong and The Dunderheads by Paul Fleischman, which was short-listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal. David Roberts lives in London.

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