Roscoe Riley Rules #5: Never Tap Dance on Your Teacher by Katherine Applegate, illustrated by Brian Biggs
Roscoe is back for his 5th adventure that landed him straight into time out.
When his friend Emma brings her tap dance shoes to show-and-tell one day, Roscoe decides that tap-dancing is something he just has to do.
So, after some pleading, his parents allow him begin taking lessons. Roscoe is so excited, but when he gets there and sees that he is the only boy, he rethinks his decision. Emma eventually gets him out on the floor, and he has a great time!
Then the duo sign up to perform in a talent show. When Roscoe gets teased, he fakes an injury to get out of performing, leaving Emma to do the routine all by herself. Will Roscoe come through for her friend??
What I Thought: Well, in case you haven't noticed, I really love Roscoe. I think this series of books, including this one, is a great choice for young readers ready for a novel! Roscoe is just a normal kid who gets into some innocent trouble (that is usually pretty entertaining) and learns a lesson each time.
I thought this book was especially useful because it tackled the concept of gender-specific roles and activities, such as guys taking dance classes. Guys can dance if they want to!!
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