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“Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.”
Publisher: HarperTrophy, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,
Summary: Roscoe is right were we left him: in Time out. Against his older brother's advice, Roscoe decided to take Hamilton, his stuffed pig, to school. But then he was pig-napped. Roscoe is convinced Wyatt, the class bully did it. But how can he be sure? This is an illustrated chapter book series for elementary students.
Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading, illustrated chapter, transitional reader, read aloud book, remedial reader, reluctant reader
Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 12; read yourself: 9 to 12
Interest Level: 6 to 10
Reading Level: 3
Age of Child: Shared with girl nearly 7 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter laughed her way through this one, just as she did the first Roscoe Riley book. As a rising first grader with a love of stuffed animals, this one particularly struck home for her.
Adult Reader Reaction: The story is so funny and moves so fast, it is hard to read just one chapter at a time. The author has pegged the age groups and their senses of humor. There aren't quite enough illustrations share in reading, but if Roscoe keeps breaking rules, I'm sure we'll catch up.
Pros: Timeless humor, the truth about lovies (adults have them, too), and a couple of first graders make this fun to read anytime.
Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is fun to read with first graders, and you'll likely read it at least one more time before they can read it themselves!
Educational Themes: This is largely a story meant to be read for fun. There are a couple of jokes kids will love (and parents remember trying out on siblings). That said, the author offers a strong message about classroom behavior, respecting choices, stealing, and owning up to your mistakes.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Fiction - adventure, humor, series
Date(s) Reviewed: August 2008, October 2014
Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.