“My teachers say I’m coasting, that I just do ‘well enough.’ But why do I want to waste my time on super boring stuff?” Casey is bright, but doesn’t apply himself at school. Instead, he coasts—doing just well enough to get by, and ignoring homework and projects that don’t interest him. What does interest Casey is art. He loves to draw, make music, and create. Sometimes this enthusiasm interferes with learning and gets him into trouble. With help from his school principal, Casey learns to apply his passions to his schoolwork. Told in humorous rhyme, this lively story will speak to bored students and to any kid who can—and wants to—do better. The book concludes with tips and information to help parents, teachers, counselors, and other adults foster dialogue with any kid wrestling with underachievement.
About the Author
Shannon Anderson has her master’s degree in education and is a literacy coach, high ability coordinator, adjunct professor, and former first-grade teacher. She loves spending time with her family, playing with words, teaching kids and adults, running very early in the morning, traveling to new places, and eating ice cream. She also enjoys doing author visits and events. You can find out more about her at www.shannonisteaching.com. Shannon lives in Indiana with her husband Matt and their daughters Emily and Madison. Colleen Madden acted and trained at The Second City in Chicago, then went on to graduate from a small liberal arts school in Massachusetts, with a major in illustration and English literature. She has illustrated for many different kinds of clients and is the recipient of an International Greeting Card Louie Award. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and their two sons. When not illustrating, Colleen can be found long distance running, making her boys giggle, and eating lots of sushi.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is an excellent book to launch a discussion about underachievement using humor and a fun, rhyming format. I use it with my gifted students that are not necessarily working to their potential.