The Rock Star, the Rooster, and Me, the Reporter

The Rock Star, the Rooster, and Me, the Reporter

by Phyllis Shalant, Charles Robinson

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``Shalant displays an ear nicely tuned to the trials and tribulations of fifth graders,'' said PW about this antic tale of Mandy Simon's adventurous school year. Ages 8-12. (Feb.)
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-- Fifth grade promises to be an ususual year for Mandy Simon, the reporter of the title. Mr. Popper, her teacher, is also a farmer, and trips to his farm are a central part of the curriculum--and provide the setting for many of the adventures in this appealing school story. Mandy's class has a predictable retinue of characters, from Mandy's best friend Lisa to Jonathan, the class creep. Although Mr. Popper champions the development of self-control in his students, Mandy suffers an occasional fall from grace: she falls from an apple tree she's been forbidden to climb, and has an altercation with Jonathan that results in a broken egg--the fertile beginnings of his science project. Children are quickly forgiven by Mr. Popper, however, and crises are smoothly resolved. Robinson's winsome cartoons are cleverly rendered. If the plot seems more than a little contrived when Mandy and Lisa win tickets to the Wishman Rocker concert and Wishman picks Mandy's wish as one of three to be granted that day, the storyline rings true when Mandy observes that a rock concert can be exciting, but it can also be pretty scary and disillusioning. Neither plot nor characters are well developed in this story, but readers will find it entertaining. --Sylvia V. Meisner, Allen Middle School, Greensboro, NC

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
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1.00(w) x 1.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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