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IT GOES Eeeeeeeeeeeee! by Jamie Gilson

IT GOES Eeeeeeeeeeeee!

By Jamie Gilson (Author) , Diane de Groat (Illustrator)

Age Range: 6 - 10

Pub Date: April 18th, 1994
ISBN: 0-395-67063-2
Publisher: Clarion

 Best friends Richard and Ben are supposed to be nice to new kid Patrick, but it's hard--he's a know-it-all in a suit, bow tie, and shiny shoes; and a pest, the kind of kid who gleefully turns earthworms to mush with his squirt gun. All three are in Mrs. Zookey's second grade (scene of Itchy Richard, 1991), where the daily high point is ``Yummies and Yuckies'' (Show and Tell). After the boys find a stranded bat and share all kinds of scary misconceptions about it, Patrick gets in trouble, spends recess inside reading about bats, and pairs up with Dawn Marie, who has real bats at home in a shed, for a report for Endangered Animal Month. Patrick's research gains him acceptance (sort of), while readers learn some bat facts and everyone has a good time. A handful of realistic b&w illustrations depict lively kids and meek-looking bats. Address to write for information on bat houses. (Fiction. 6-10)