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Contributor(s): Vande Velde, Vivian, Bjorkman, Steve (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0823423646     ISBN-13: 9780823423644
Publisher: Holiday House
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: October 2011

Annotation: A dog chases a squirrel into an elementary school one night, creating monumental chaos.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Schools; Fiction.
Animals; Fiction.
Humorous stories.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Readers
- Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2010048153
Lexile Measure: 740
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.75" H x 5.75" W x 0.50" (0.50 lbs) 68 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 147708
Reading Level: 4.4   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 1.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q55850
Reading Level: 4.5   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 5.0
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Contributor Bio(s): Vivian Vande Velde is best known for her award-winning thrillers and fantasy novels for young adults, including Companions of the Night and A Hidden Magic. Her middle-grade novels include Witches Wishes. She lives in Rochester, New York. You can visit her website at www.vivianvandevelde.com.

Steve Björkman has illustrated more than seventy books for children, including Supersnouts!, which he also wrote. He lives in Aliso Viejo, Calfiornia. His website is www.steveBjörkman.com.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring)
Twitch, a squirrel, runs across a sleeping dog's nose and into school, inadvertently launching a series of calamities. Various classroom pets narrate chapters detailing the disasters in their particular room. The cumulative mayhem results in consequences narrated by the dog. Readers will chuckle at each pet's unique voice and talent (math, poetry, etc.). Spot illustrations enhance the chaotic fun.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 December)

Gr 1–3—Desperately trying to escape a crazed dog, a squirrel dashes into an elementary school, followed by the pup, where he encounters the class pets. Beginning with the first-grade hamster, they all describe themselves, including the neon tetras, who are "tickled" to be a "school in a school." Some of the creatures are willing to help Twitch, but some are just intrigued by his situation. This fun read will satisfy kids looking for animal stories with happy endings. The most interesting part of this tale is that the dog is portrayed as the villain—until the very end, when Cuddles gets to speak. Humorous spot illustrations appear throughout. Due to the short segments told by the different animals, this beginning chapter book will appeal to reluctant readers, and it is a good read-aloud. A suitable purchase for most collections.—Elizabeth Swistock, Jefferson Madison Regional Library, Charlottesville, VA

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