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PLEASE WRITE IN THIS BOOK by Mary Amato

PLEASE WRITE IN THIS BOOK

By Mary Amato (Author) , Eric Brace (Illustrator)

Age Range: 9 - 11

Pub Date: Dec. 15th, 2006
ISBN: 0-8234-1932-0
Publisher: Holiday House

When a teacher leaves an enticingly blank book in a corner, it becomes a record of classroom rivalries, diplomacy and growth in this deceptively lighthearted offering from the creator of the Riot Brothers. In a variety of handwritten-style entries festooned with childlike drawings, bossy Lizzy and brash Luke (“rhymes with puke”) go head-to-head as animal-loving Keesha, meek Yoshiko, budding engineer Milton and others chime in. Slowly, the gross-out remarks, outraged responses, pleas for amity, wild tall tales, authentically lame verse and sycophantic comments take on a different character. By the end, everyone—even initially aliterate Jimmy—is on the same page, enthusiastically taking turns contributing to a collectively composed story about rescuing the teacher from alien kidnappers. Along with warming the cockles of any educator’s heart, this record of successful class dynamics will draw reluctant readers with its funny dialogue and please fans of Kate Klise’s illustrated romps. (Fiction. 9-11)