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Poison Ivy and Eyebrow Wigs
     

Poison Ivy and Eyebrow Wigs

by Bonnie Pryor, Gail Owens (Illustrator)
 

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A lot can go wrong on the first day of school. Martin Snodgrass has high hopes for fourth grade. Maybe he'll meet some regular people. He's tired of being compared to his mom, the mayor; his dad, the doctor; his sister, the brain; and his big brother, the jock. But when his best friend starts hanging out with the coolest kids in the class, Martin must decide who his

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A lot can go wrong on the first day of school. Martin Snodgrass has high hopes for fourth grade. Maybe he'll meet some regular people. He's tired of being compared to his mom, the mayor; his dad, the doctor; his sister, the brain; and his big brother, the jock. But when his best friend starts hanging out with the coolest kids in the class, Martin must decide who his true friends are. Could they be the class clown and a goody-goody girl?

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-- Martin Snodgrass is back in Pryor's amusing and heartwarming sequel to Vinegar Pancakes and Vanishing Cream (Morrow, 1987). Born into a high-achieving, successful family, the boy is now in fourth grade, still trying to gain some recognition. However, his best-laid plans always work against his intentions. Within the first two weeks of school, while he is hoping to be accepted by the popular crowd, Martin is befriended by a first grader, gives his beloved teacher a bouquet of poison ivy, and attracts his worst enemy, Marcia, as a girlfriend. As the year progresses, his relationship with the in-crowd is constantly undermined by his desire to associate with Willie, the class misfit and cut-up. Martin grows increasingly uncomfortable with the malicious fun of the popular kids, and consciously becomes closer to Willie and Marcia through a community play and some new puppies. This well-paced, fast-moving story includes some incidents of typical sibling rivalry and is told with sympathetic humor. Pryor tunes right in to this audience and their thinking, making the future escapades of Martin eagerly awaited. --Rita Soltan, Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI
Carolyn Phelan
As fourth grade begins, Martin's torn between his desire to belong to the popular crowd and his growing, sometimes reluctant, triangular friendship with Willie, the class clown, and Marcia, an actual girl. His crush on his teacher throws him a little off balance. Soon he's writing her love poetry and gathering her a bouquet of playground flowers and greenery, including poison ivy. His angel of a teacher proves her humanity, though, by developing a rash, misjudging Willie's character, and admitting she's made mistakes in her first year on the job. Meanwhile, on the home front, Martin seeks to find his identity, overshadowed by his athletic older brother, his brainy older sister, and his rambunctious two-year-old brother, Robbie. While precocious younger siblings are often the source of humor (and failed attempts at humor) in juvenile fiction, Robbie stands out for being both believable and funny. In fact, the whole book is better than most, with its quick, deft characterization of a dozen different people and occasional laugh-aloud wit. A sequel to "Vinegar Pancakes and Vanishing Cream" (1987).

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ISBN-13:
9780688112004
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/28/1993
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.78(w) x 8.57(h) x 0.78(d)
Age Range:
8 Years

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