Thursday, January 07, 2010

The Dunderheads by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by David Roberts

"Never,' shrieked Miss Breakbone, "have I been asked to teach such a scraping together of fiddling, twiddling, time-squandering, doodling, dozing, don't-knowing dunderheads!"

What if this was your teacher?

Miss Breakbone was the meanest teacher. She hated kids. Her favorite part of her job was making kids cry, and when she accomplished this she gave herself a gold star. The class is amazingly talented in a variety of skills, from solving problems, to being nuts about bicycles, even making spitballs.

When Miss Breakbone confiscates Junkyard's ceramic cat he found and planned to give his mother for a present, the class decided enough was enough.

Together, and using the talents of the entire class, they devise a plan to retrieve the cat from the inside of Miss Breakbone's home. During a party.

It's a dangerous mission....will they succeed?

What I Thought:

This is a super fun book, perfect for the elementary reader! It's got a great and interesting plot full of interesting characters, along with a fair share of suspense. The color illustrations are a vital part of the book providing and are well done.

But what I like best about the book are all the kids with their interesting, not so normal talents. It shows that everyone is good at something, and everyone is unique! Plus, Miss Breakbone is kind of the classic "evil teacher" and those are just entertaining.

This one should be a hit!

Very highly recommended.

Want to see more? Check it out on Amazon: The Dunderheads by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by David Roberts.

Reviewed from a library copy.


Stacy Dillon said...

Our kids from 3rd grade straight through 6th grade love this!

Brimful Curiosities said...

What an awful looking teacher! She makes kids cry? We'll have to look into this book.