Trouble Magnet (George Brown, Class Clown Series #2)

Trouble Magnet (George Brown, Class Clown Series #2)

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by Nancy Krulik, Aaron Blecha
     
 

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The annual talent show at Shirley S. Sugarman Elementary School is in just a few weeks, and George signs up to be a stagehand. He is determined to do a good job because the new, improved George is responsible and helpful and glad to pitch in. So is comic mayhem coming? Oh yeah, absolutely! But leave it to Nancy Krulik to devise an unexpected way for disaster to

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The annual talent show at Shirley S. Sugarman Elementary School is in just a few weeks, and George signs up to be a stagehand. He is determined to do a good job because the new, improved George is responsible and helpful and glad to pitch in. So is comic mayhem coming? Oh yeah, absolutely! But leave it to Nancy Krulik to devise an unexpected way for disaster to strike and bring down the curtain.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
This is apparently the first of a series of fairly easy to read chapter books. The audience is clearly boys who have not got past the potty mouth stage. It turns out that George, the fourth grader, who is the main character, has a special "magic" burp that turns him into the class clown—amusing his peers no end and getting him in trouble with teachers and adults. While its intentions may have been good as well, the series about George has little to recommend it. The idea of a magic burp, references to butts, snot and a band called The Runny Noses are poor substitutes for real humor. The plot line as well as the characterization of George seems poorly focused. George has just moved into town and is trying to control his clowning but the magic of the burps is stronger than his good intentions. Besides, he is caught by his attempts to find his place and friends in this new setting. Even the features of print in the book seem arbitrary. Every few paragraphs a sentence is bold-faced—apparently to identify main idea—or maybe as a substitute for exclamation marks. The black and white drawings break up the text but the cartoony style borders on caricature in a way that is meant to bring out the kind of giggles words like "butt" do. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—George Brown suffers from an unusual malady: burps get him into major trouble. After each enormous belch, the fourth grader loses control of his body and ends up involved in wild antics that his classmates find hilarious but that infuriate adults. New at his school, George tries his hardest to control the burps to avoid being labeled the class clown, but disaster strikes when he's giving an oral report with a friend and again while he's performing with the class bully's band at the school talent show. Krulik has a good feel for the humor that appeals to beginning-chapter-book readers, and Blecha's black-and-white illustrations on nearly every spread expand on the child's zany behavior. Though George hasn't solved his problem by the end of book, he has learned a little about speaking up for himself and making amends for his actions. Give this to fans of Captain Underpants and Horrid Henry.—Jackie Partch, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780448453682
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
07/08/2010
Series:
George Brown, Class Clown Series, #2
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
180,895
Product dimensions:
7.66(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.29(d)
Lexile:
520L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Nancy Krulik is the author of many media-related books for young adults, including The New York Times best-seller Leonardo DiCaprio for Archway.

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Trouble Magnet (George Brown, Class Clown Series #2) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So good to read
Carrie Etheridge More than 1 year ago
Really funny but also sparked conversation on how to deal with difficult situations/people in a manner that a child can understand.
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Buy this book
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The best book I have read in my whole alive
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Hey this book is hillarious i could not put it down until the end read it people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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This series is awesome