Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Roscoe Riley Rules #1: Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs (Roscoe Riley Rules) by Katherine Applegate Illustrated by Brian Biggs

Synopsis from Paperbackswap.com:
If the kids can't sit still for the class performance, Roscoe's teacher could be in big trouble. Fortunately Roscoe has a plan to save her?a super, mega, gonzo plan! What could go wrong? 
Link to Roscoe Riley #1

My thoughts:
A couple weeks ago our local library held an event for children featuring five authors and illustrators.  Each of them took time to talk about their work and how they got into either writing, illustrating or doing both, then they held a question and answer session and lastly they were available to sign their books.  My children were very excited to take the books they had picked out to be signed by the people who had written or illustrated them.  We started with four books that we pre-ordered before the event to pick up there, but ended up buying two more after hearing the authors talk about them.  Then they had them signed and got to meet and talk with the authors.

One of the people we met that day was Brian Biggs who illustrated this book.  It was the first I had heard of this series and we bought the first three books.  In this one Rosoec and his first grade class are putting on a show for their parents and, in order to help his classmates keep their bee antennae ,or as the children refer to them "head bobbles", on their heads Roscoe adds some Super-Mega-Gonzo-Glue to each one.  Also, he adds some glue to all the drummers chairs.

This book was funny while still being age appropriate.  Each of the chapters was short as were each of the sentences.  It is a very manageable book for beginning readers to ease them into chapter books without a lot of pressure.  Plenty of parts of the book brought laughter to my children.  This is the first book I've read by Applegate for this age group, I know I have seen her name on Animorphs books and some other young adult titles.

The most exciting part for my children was being able to put a face with the name of the illustrator on the front cover.  Coming up we will be reading the other five books we bought at the event, two more Roscoe Riley books as well as three from other authors/illustrators we met.

Book details:
ISBN-13: 9780061148811

ISBN-10: 0061148814
Publication Date: 6/1/2008
Pages: 96
Reading Level: Ages 4-8
Publisher: HarperTrophy
Book Type: Paperback

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